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Batman in Michigan: 1966

Batman in Michigan: 1966

In 1966, when the Batman craze was at its height (due to ABC television series), we kids were thrilled to be in the presence of the Caped Crusaders. This photo was shot by my father, Sol Hurvitz, during a family vacation at Sleepy Hollow Resort in South Haven, Michigan. View full size.

Valpo crusaders

If i'm not mistaken that's a Valpo (Valparaiso) University logo on that shirt. Plus the colors match.

Check Out the Gams

on Robin!

What the --

Such a low-rent presentation! Why did they even bother? The young man wrote "Batman" on his T-shirt with a magic marker. Did the young woman think the mask and the red-blue hat would be somehow Robinesque? Never mind the sexual confusion. Why didn't they just sell the Tootsie Roll Pops without the pathetic gimmick?

Robin, Girl Wonder

I was 11 in 1966. While I watched Batman like most kids did, I HATED that the show featured "Robin, Boy Wonder". Yet another nickname to tease me with. Batman's Robin was a boy, but I was a GIRL. I was often asked why I wasn't wearing my cape and tights. I imagine boys who were named Robin bore the brunt of the name during the Batman TV years, though.

Robin was not a common name for girls at the time, and even for boys it was probably more popular/conventional in England. Still, it beat the most humiliating nickname I had to contend with: Robin Red Breast (there was also the rooster-themed nickname that came in at a close second in the humiliation dept).

It's Deja Vu all over again!

My family also vacationed at Sleepy Hollow, in the early 80s. I have some pretty fond memories of the place.

The Outre Limits

I'm afraid I had suppressed the memory of the lace-up Ponderosa shirts! They were quite the fad for a few years.

2 Cent Tootsie Pop Drops!

I was 10 in 1966. I had all of the Batman TV show toys. Life was good.

Holy Deja Vu, Batman!

My family escaped Chicago for a week or so each summer at Sleepy Hollow from 67-71 if not 1966 itself! The red bricks with the blue paint is the kiddie pool. Growing out of the white-shirted boy's right shoulder is the spray nozzel. The white two-story building behind the standing girl on the left is the main building...if not it's next to it. behind and to the left of the same girl, but blurry, is the big green bench-style merry go round. to the left of that was the snack shack where we bought rubber-band, balsa wood airplanes and played with them right where "Batman" is. Further left would be the geodesic dome, white with Alice in Wonderland scenes painted on it. And to the right of the photo was the pool enclosed in glass and steel, later redone in wood for the 1970s. If "Batman and Robin" drive the "Batmo-Cart" forward 50 more yard they'll drop off the bluff 30 feet onto the sandy shore of Lake Michigan, provided they miss the rental cabins on the overlook.

Zowie!

Holy Hollow Happiness!

 
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