Saturday, June 17, 2017


"I thought something happened to you guys.  
Two-Face told me you guys were dead."


Oh, there'll be spoilers ahead.....

Cisco used this nickname to describe the alternate future version of Barry Allen whose face had been scarred.

But in that Toobworld dimension (which considers itself Earth-1, but which is known here at Toobworld Central as Comix Toobworld DC1), where did Cisco come up with that phrase?  Did he coin it himself, as he had done with the monikers for various members of the Flash's "Rogues Gallery"?  

Or was it a reference to former prosecutor Harvey Dent, whose face had been scarred and drove him mad, becoming the arch-villain Two-Face.

From Wikipedia:
Two-Face (Harvey Dent) is a fictional super-villain appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics, commonly as an adversary of the superhero Batman. The character was created by Bill Finger and Bob Kane and first appeared in Detective Comics #66 (Aug. 1942). As one of Batman's most enduring enemies, Two-Face belongs to the collective of adversaries that make up Batman's rogues gallery.

Once an upstanding Gotham City district attorney, Harvey Dent was hideously scarred on the left side of his face after a mob boss threw acidic chemicals at him during a court trial. He was subsequently driven insane and adopted the "Two-Face" persona, becoming a criminal obsessed with duality. In later years, writers have portrayed Two-Face's obsession with chance and fate as the result of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and dissociative identity disorder. He obsessively makes all important decisions by flipping his former lucky charm, a two-headed coin which was damaged on one side by the acid as well. The modern version is established as having once been a personal friend and ally of James Gordon and Batman.

So it could be that Harvey Dent AKA Two-Face exists in this world.  Maybe Crime Boss Moroni, the mobster who disfigured Dent with acid, exists in Comix Toobworld DC1 as well.  It's always been the position of Toobworld Central that most characters found in Earth Prime-Time also exist in the alternate Toobworlds.  And so we could assume that Bruce Wayne is in that world too... not that we'll ever see that acknowledged.

DC Comics and its parent company, the Warner Brothers empire, are keeping a tight reign on what can be used on the various shows and in the movies which would normally share the same universe in the comic books.

And it's not just the characters who can't easily cross over into the various properties.  According to Andrew Kreisberg, the executive producer of both 'Arrow' and 'The Flash', "There’s the cities that we can use and then there’s everything else. I don’t think you’re going to be hearing ‘Gotham’ or ‘Metropolis’ [on 'Arrow' or 'The Flash'] anytime soon.”

So officially, that's how it has to stand - Cisco's turn of phrase is most likely just a derisive nickname.  

Luckily, Toobworld Central is not bound by such restrictions.

For us here in the brick-bound fortress of Toobworld Central, Cisco's question was phrased so that it can be read two ways.  And I'm going to be one of those who fall in the camp that sees it as a reference to the former District Attorney.  I think he did become disfigured and insane and is wreaking havoc in his hometown of Gotham City whenever he's escaped from Arkham Asylum.

However, whether that also means Two-Face has tangled with Batman in that world is unknown.  I think Bruce Wayne does - or did - exist in Comix Toobworld DC1, but we've seen so many permutations of the character in other dimensions that we can't say what he may be like in the "Arrowverse".  Just in the dimensions of the Toobworld Dynamic, we've seen:

  • a Bruce Wayne whose career as Batman peaked in the 1960s ('Batman' of Earth Prime-Time)
  • a Bruce Wayne who served as Batman but then abandoned Gotham City (Comix Toobworld DC7)
  • a Bruce Wayne whose fate was sealed by another child - Conan O'Brien (Skitlandia)
  • a Bruce Wayne who is still a boy and not yet the Batman ('Gotham' of Comix Toobworld DC6)

And that's all I have to say about that.  Blathered on more than I expected to actually....


Friday, June 16, 2017


A few days ago on my own birthday, I mentioned how I was surprised that I didn't post a picture already which showed what was happening in the TV Universe on the day my youngest brother was born.  Two years had passed in which I could have marked the occasion with that screencap.  

But now as I write this up (a year in advance - and so this could be posted by a ghost!), I realize why I held off.

This year marks AJ's fiftieth birthday!

In my mind's eye, he's still a goofy little kid.  Even when I see him in person, I still see just a kid, at best still in college.  The reverse holds true for him: when he used to see me as a kid, he was already seeing a fat old man.....

So let's take a look at what was going on in the Trueniverse on the day he was born:

The Monterey Pop Festival began on that day.  The performers included were Jefferson Airplane, The Who, The Grateful Dead, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Big Brother and the Holding Company with Janis Joplin, Eric Burdon and the Animals, Otis Redding, Ravi Shankar, and The Mamas & the Papas.  (The Monkees were not invited, but Mickey Dolenz and Peter Tork showed up anyway.)

The two notable births - aside from AJ's of course! - were of two international footballers: Charalambos Andreou of Cyprus and J├╝rgen Klopp of Germany.

The one death of note on that day was of the actor Reginald Denny, who made a slew of silent pictures before making the transition to talkies.  In the silent movies, he appeared in 1922's "Sherlock Holmes" with John Barrymore and Roland Young as Holmes & Watson, with William Powell and Hedda Hopper also in the cast.  Once the use of sound was ushered in, Denny switched to being more of a supporting player rather than a leading man.  His more famous films from that point on were Hitchcock's "Rebecca", "Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House", "Abbott & Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde", "Around The World In 80 Days", "Assault On The Queen", and "Cat Ballou" (in which I first saw him).  He had another encounter with Sherlock Holmes, this time with the team of Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce as the Detective and the Doctor - "Sherlock Holmes And The Voice of Terror".  And for my Wold Newton friends, he was in a series of "Bulldog Drummond" movies as Algy Longworth, Drummon's sidekick of questionable worth.

Our main concern is the TV Universe, of course, and Denny provided plenty of Toobworldlings in shows like 'Topper', 'Adventures In Paradise', 'Please Don't Eat The Daisies', 'Tales Of The 77th Bengal Lancers', 'Private Secretary', 'The Burns And Allen Show', and seven episodes of 'The Red Skelton Show'.  He played himself in an episode of 'My Hero' with Robert Cummings, thus ensuring his televersion's existence in Toobworld.  And for 'Batman', he was King Boris in two episodes of the TV series (featuring the Riddler as the guest villain) and as Commodore Schmidlapp for the 1966 movie which has been absorbed into the TV Universe.

Wait a minute....  This was supposed to be a salute to my brother AJ on his birthday!

So what happened in the TV Universe on the day AJ's televersion was born?


This episode was broadcast on November 1st, 1967, but it had occurred months earlier beginning Friday, June 16th.  Lawyer Paul Bryan, who had been diagnosed as having less than two years to live, had taken time out of his chance to life what life he had left to the fullest in order to help an old pal.  Nightclub comic Willy Hatch, who once had his own late night talk show, had been arrested in a small Southern town on a morals charge.  It turned out the complaint was bogus, but the emotional strain on the comedian, along with an actual physical assault, left Hatch in a catatonic state.  It's unclear that he ever recovered.

By the way, the calendar on the Sheriff's wall marks June 16th as "TODAY", not "TUESDAY".  I'm sorry I couldn't get a clearer image.

So happy birthday, Andrew.  I'm sure your arrival in the world was a happier occasion than what happened to Willy Hatch.  But at least that was better than what happened in Toobworld on the day I chose to represent my birthdate!


I loves ya, Brothermine!

Thursday, June 15, 2017


A few months ago I "solved" the recastaway discrepancy of the Two Father Clements on 'Barney Miller'.  

Now, I prefer that splainin.  It suits the demands of Occam's Razor.  And even though I have accepted some out-there theories about one of the best cop shows ever - the devil, ghosts, a werewolf, time travel - I prefer the sitcom to be more grounded in a semblance of reality.

So I'll stick with the original splainin.  But if I did give in to the whimsy.....

The elder Father Clement resembled a guardian angel named J. Hardy Hempstead.  For generations Hempstead has been assigned to watch over one particular member of the Bevis family per generation.  For the most part he had been an unobtrusive guardian angel to such Bevis progenitors as Magellan Bevis, Parnell Bevis, Gunner Lou Bevis.  But James B.W, Bevis proved to be a difficult case and Hempstead did his beatific best to improve the lot of Bevis' life.  But James B.W. resisted - he liked his life just the way it was, with zither music, bow ties, moose heads, and a calliginous 1920s Rickenbacker.  And Hempstead put right what once went wrong and let Bevis continue his life as it was.

As of this writing, James B.W. Bevis is still alive in Toobworld.  J. Hardy Hempstead still watches over him as his guardian angel, but he doesn't interfere.  It's been so long since Mr. Bevis saw his guardian angel, that he's probably come to the belief that he never really did meet Mr. Hempstead.

Hempstead was not always guarding members of the Bevis family.  There were other "clients" before he was assigned to that first notable Bevis.  In fact, some of his "clients" were quite famous.....

And who's to say Bevis was his only "client"?

This is where the alternate theory about the two Father Clements comes in......

One of Hempstead's other clients was an NYPD police captain named Barney Miller, assigned to the 12th Precinct.  And when the department ordered Barney to undergo counseling after he and his wife separated, Hempstead saw his chance to check up on him. He arranged it with his celestial bosses to make sure the real Father Clement was stuck in traffic and unable to make his appointment with Barney at the Ol' One-Two.  

Then Hempstead took his place.  Although we in the Trueniverse saw him as J. Hardy Hempstead dressed as Father Clement, Barney saw the real vicar's visage.  That's why he didn't bat an eye when the real Father Clement showed up some time later to deal with the satanic possession of one of the squad's prisoners.

Like I said, this is just speculation and I will stick with my original premise.  

But if you want to use it, feel free.......


Wednesday, June 14, 2017


[September 22, 1971]

This is the episode which kicked off the second season of 'McCloud'.  It played like a 'Columbo' episode - we know who the villain was and we watched as McCloud got under the villain's skin which helped him solve the crime.

At one point we saw a copy of People magazine on display with the villain depicted on the cover.  (Sebastian Cabot played Sidney Cantrell, a famous astrologer attempting to get his hands on his wife's fortune.)

As noted above, this episode aired in the Fall of 1971.  But the People magazine we know here in the real world was first published in March of 1974, nearly three years later.

So I have to assume this People magazine should be the publication aegis of the Glenn Howard empire.  Their People Magazine was seen in those episodes of 'Name Of The Game' which starred Tony Franciosa  as the magazine's reporter Jeff Dillon.

Even the headings on both issues look the same!

It's just a speck of trivia in the grand scheme of Toobworld, but it works for me!


Tuesday, June 13, 2017



With the second episode of this look-back at the LA stand-up comedy scene in the early 1970s*, the casting got better when it came to depicting historical characters.

Wolfman Jack showed up at Goldie's for what looked like a weekly poker game.  He got his producer on the TV show 'Midnight Special' to return Goldie's call to get one of the talents at her club a shot on the show.  The voice was a bit off, but it couldn't have been confused with anyone else's.

And then the two comics fresh from Boston, Eddie and Ron, got the chance to compete for prizes on 'Let's Make A Deal'.  They first won 200 bucks, then a billiard table, but lost it all by winning a sheep.  However, they were compensated with a year supply of that San Francisco treat, Rice-A-Roni and they couldn't have been happier - food was hard to come by when they weren't getting paid!

I think the problem with the appearance last week of Dylan Baker as Johnny Carson in the pilot episode was that the King of Late Night was so deeply embedded in the public's consciousness even moreso than Monty and Jack, because of his pronounced mannerisms.  A suggestion of the character just wouldn't cut it.  (Having seen the Tony Awards from Sunday night, I think they should have begged Kevin Spacey to do his impression of Carson for that cameo.  I think Netflix could have spared him for a day of filming.....)

Hopefully, if any more historical characters show up during this first season of 'I'm Dying Up Here', they'll be more than just a suggestion of an impression.....

Wolfman Jack & Monty Hall - Two for Tuesday!


Monday, June 12, 2017


"They're auctioning off the most divine Revere tea set."
Frances Galesko 

When celebrities appear in TV shows as themselves, they are portraying their fictional televersions.  And just because we don't all show up in TV shows, that doesn't mean we don't have fictional televersions in Toobworld as well.  

Every so often I like to take a look at what the televersions of my friends could be like.  My favorite victim - er, subject! - is Mark Thompson, mainly because of all the great pictures he posts that make it look like he's in the worlds of 'Doctor Who', 'Game of Thrones', etc.

So today's a very special day for some friends of mine and I thought I might tell you a tale of Toobworld about them.....

I know Amy Lee Chen through one of my first Internet groups, the Idiot's Delight Digest.  The tea entrepreneur is married to Neil "Corny" O'Connell, a radio DJ.  

From Wikipedia:
Between 9 and 10 p.m. on the night of April 18, 1775, Joseph Warren told Revere and William Dawes that the king's troops were about to embark in boats from Boston bound for Cambridge and the road to Lexington and Concord. Warren's intelligence suggested that the most likely objectives of the regulars' movements later that night would be the capture of Adams and Hancock. They did not worry about the possibility of regulars marching to Concord, since the supplies at Concord were safe, but they did think their leaders in Lexington were unaware of the potential danger that night. Revere and Dawes were sent out to warn them and to alert colonial militias in nearby towns.

On that night, Revere was working on a teapot to complete a set, but he was called away for his famous ride before he could make his distinctive mark on the teapot.  Summoned almost 200 years into the future by the bungling magic of the witch Esmerelda, Paul Revere was finally able to make right what once went wrong and gifted the teapot to another witch, Samantha Stevens.

The teapot remained in the possession of the Stevens family, even after the death of Darrin and the transformation of his wife into an object of usefulness once she neared the point of death - as per the rules of witchcraft.  (There is no confirmation that this actually happened, but I'd like to think that she transformed herself into a remote control.  That way, somebody could always bring back the series and even keep the late Elizabeth Montgomery involved* by having her image showing up on TV screens with edited dialogue snippets which would comment on any given situation - much like the old TV clips that ran through Martin Tupper's mind in 'Dream On'.)

At some point in those chaotic times following the untimely deaths of Darrin and Samantha Stevens (which had to occur at some point between 1972 and 1974), the family no longer possessed the teapot.  Whoever gained possession of it added a pewter creamer and sugar bowl, both made by Paul Revere, to complete the set.  I think it would have looked somewhat similar to this set made by Revere in 1799:

The tea set was then put up for auction at the Lillaby Auction House, located in Los Angeles, in 1974.  This was the auction which Frances Galesko was so eager to attend in order to get that "divine Revere tea set."  Unfortunately for Mrs. Galesko, she never got that chance - her husband Paul, a Pulitzer-winning photographer, staged her kidnapping and murder.

After that, the Revere tea set disappeared from observation in Toobworld.  And that's when Amy and Neil - you remember Amy and Neil? This is a story about Amy and Neil - enter this form of fanfic.

It was 2014, ten years after Amy and Neil had been married on June 12th.  As the date of the anniversary approached, Neil was hoping to find the perfect gift for his wife.  He knew that the traditional gift for the tenth anniversary was tin, aluminum, or pewter, and he spurned those first two options as not being worthy as presents for Amy.  No, it had to be pewter.  And a special kind of pewter which would be a statement about Amy and his love for her.

But where to look for it?

When he wasn't working at the radio station in those months leading up to the anniversary, Neil took a series of cabs in his search all over Manhattan for his elusive prize.  But nothing he saw fit his vision of the perfect gift.  Eventually, Neil hit the pavement as he wandered the jumbled trap streets of the Village without paying attention to where he was going.  It didn't take long for him to get lost in the darkening of twilight.

He spun about trying to orient himself and that's when he saw it - a curio shop named VILLAGE VINTAGE.  

Neil shrugged.  What did he have to lose?

It was hard to maneuver through all the clutter of bric-a-brac that clogged the aisles of Village Vintage, with no rhyme nor reason to its placement.  "Everything's helter-scelsa in here," he mused to himself.

Just as he was about to give up on his quest, Neil nearly knocked over a pewter tea set on the counter.

Success gleamed in his eyes as he realized he had finally found what he was looking for: pewter as the traditional wedding gift, in the form of a tea set to pay homage to Amy's passion for the beverage and its customs.

He called out for help from the staff of the curio shop but no one seemed to be manning the place.  Hoping the store's owner wouldn't mind and that it was enough money, Neil left a wad of bills on the counter, held in place by a Toby mug.

He only got around the corner, about to hail a Sunshine cab, before he decided that he should go back; not just to make one more attempt to find the shop owner, but also in hopes they might have some pewter spoons to complement the tea set.

But Village Vintage was no longer there.  Instead there was a coffeehouse called The Mute Trumpet in its place.

It's just like they say: "You won't find it in the Yellow Pages or advertised in the local papers. Its reputation is spread purely by word-of-mouth, from one satisfied customer to another."

And so that's how "the most divine Revere tea set" came into the possession of the televersions of Amy and Neil.....

They didn't have it long though.  Agents for a mysterious warehouse in the Dakotas, snagged, bagged, and tagged the teapot as an artifact imbued with mystical powers since it had connections to both magic and time travel after its reunion with Paul Revere.  Apparently its use imbued the tea leaves to gift the power of second sight upon the person who drank the contents.

But that was their televersions.  I'm sure in the real world, Neil and Amy's tenth wedding anniversary was just as memorable.  

Today is their 13th anniversary.  Here's to many more memorable anniversaries for them both......

'Columbo' - "Negative Reaction"
'Bewitched' - "Paul Revere Rides Again"
'The Twilight Zone' - "Wong's Lost And Found Emporium"
'Warehouse 13'


* But if you think that would be disrespectful and nobody would dare to pull off such a stunt, you're kidding yourself about how those suits work at the TV networks.

Sunday, June 11, 2017


From the L.A. Times:

Adam West, who donned a cape, cowl and tights to became an overnight sensation in 1966 as the star of the campy “Batman” TV series, has died, according to a family statement. He was 88.

West, who later lamented being typecast as the iconic Caped Crusader but eventually embraced having been part of American pop culture, died Friday in Los Angeles after a short battle with leukemia, according to multiple reports.

A former Warner Bros. contract player, West was appearing in TV commercials in the mid-1960s to help pay the rent. But several commercials he did for Nestle’s Quik chocolate powder — parodies of the popular James Bond movies in which West played a dry-witted character called Captain Q — had an unexpected outcome.

They caught the attention of 20th Century Fox TV producer William Dozier, who was looking for someone to star as Gotham City millionaire Bruce Wayne and his crime-fighting alter-ego, Batman, in a farcical new series for ABC.

Based on the DC character created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger in 1939, “Batman” debuted in January 1966 as a twice-weekly half-hour program — 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, with the Wednesday episode ending on a cliffhanger.

West knew his life would never be the same the night the heavily promoted first episode aired.

(By Dennis McLellan)

In 1966, the explosions of pop art, psychedelia, and the counter-culture combined to create the perfect environment in which to showcase the televersion of Batman.  In fact, all of those factors could be summed up with this cover photo of the Caped Crusader:

The craze for "Bam! Pow! Zap!" didn't last long - the show ran for three seasons, at least one more than it should have.  And with that last season, the budget was so cut back, the sets were just drapes and toy mice.  (Okay, that was the Nora Clavicle episode, probably the series' lowest point?)

And when it was over, Adam West found that his career suffered from the typecasting.  Yet he never stopped working; he just never hit those heights again.

And as always happens with such pop culture sensations, there came a period in which the general public ridiculed what they once loved, maybe even embarrassed by having loved it.  It took a few decades, but the nostalgia factor as usual kicked in and what once was loved and then derided became loved again.   Adam West did a lot of voice-over work in cartoons, high in demand because those deep-toned pipes never failed him even as he got older.  And there were plenty of TV shows in which he fit in nicely despite - or even perhaps because of - his association with the cowl and cape, like 'Murder, She Wrote'.

And he was even more in demand for just being himself, and this is not just because of all those daytime talk shows looking to cash in on that nostalgia factor with theme episodes revolving old loved shows.  Adam West is already in the Television Crossover Hall of Fame but for his vocal work in the Tooniverse as himself.  Originally that was for three appearances:
  • 'The Simpsons'
  • 'Johnny Bravo'
  • 'Family Guy' which might be responsible for the renaissance of interest in Adam West.  In the Tooniverse, Mr. West was the mayor of Quahog, Rhode Island.  (I wonder how his death will be addressed and if a replacement celebrity mayor will be elected.)
But since then his appearances in other TV animated series have expanded his domination over the Tooniverse:
  • 'The Fairly Oddparents'
  • 'The Critic'
  • 'Futurama'
Besides being set in the Tooniverse, this episode of 'Futurama' takes place in the 31st Century, so no clue if it could happen in Toobworld itself.  I don't plan on sticking around to find out.

But he really expanded on the legend that is Adam West in Toobworld with the following shows:

The Good Life 
- John Hurts His Leg or Tales from the Crip (1994) 

Since Mr. West is only listed as "Adam West - Voice", then he was probably on speaker-phone, in much the same way William Shatner was in the first episode of 'The Larry Sanders Show'.

Space Ghost Coast to Coast
- Batmantis (1994)
Moltar has been kidnapped by Your Mother and holds him ransom for Space Ghost's power bands. Space Ghost and Zorak (in his alter-ego form of Batmantis) try to rescue him. However, it's revealed to be just a dream.

It could be that Mr. West's appearance in this episode was just a dream as well.

Hope & Gloria 
- Who's Poppa? (1995)

Julie Newmar also appeared as herself in this episode.  Since a majority of the action took place backstage at the Dennis Dupree afternoon talk show, it's likely Mr. West and Ms. Newmar were there in connection to their roles on that iconic 60s super-hero show based on the "real-life" adventures of the actual Batman.  (Ms. Newmar portrayed Selina Kyle, the true and first Catwoman.

Weird Science 
- Strangers in Paradise (1996) 
Chett wishes to be trapped on a desert island and things go way wrong. Lisa goes trapped with him, they're in the Bermuda triangle, her magic doesn't work and a hurricane is coming.

This may be my favorite of the Adam West sightings.  With this episode, we learned that Mr. West was an avid collector of squirrel figurines.  And in Wyatt, he found "a worthy adversary".  Meanwhile Gary was ecstatic to meet his childhood TV hero....

I love that one where you and Spock go down to that planet full of gangsters!

Adam West:
That. Was. SHATNER!

The Wayans Bros.
- The Black Widower (1997)
Shawn and Marlon tries to save Grandma from a killer.


- Spies Like Us (1997) 
Pauly and Berger suspect Dawn is sleeping with the new handyman.

Murphy Brown
- Hero Today, Gone Tomorrow (1997)

O'Bservation:In trying to lift the spirits of her former co-worker Stuart Best (now reduced to being a security guard at a journalism museum), Murphy Brown brought in Adam West.  Stuart had saved his souvenir cape and cowl from the show during a fire.  Mr. West declared him not only a hero, but a super-hero.  And Stuart was convinced that Mr. West was really Bruce Wayne.
- A Girl's Gotta Hang with a Celebrity (1998) 

- Clash of the Titans (1998) 
After beating the D.B. Cooper case in court, Mr. James comes back to find he cannot get rid of Johnny since he was made CEO in Mr. James' absence.

Mr. James got Adam West to confess to D.B Cooper's crime and West really went over the top with his confession......

Adam West:
"I was short on cash, I had bad representation, I was desperate ... 
Judge not a man by the size of his shoes!

The Bronx Bunny Show 
- Episode #1.10 (2003) 

The Mullets 
- Silent But Deadly (2004) 

The King of Queens
- Shear Torture (2005)
Spence wants to go to a Fantasy Fest with Lou Ferrigno but dumps him after Adam West agrees to go to the Fest with Spence. Meanwhile Doug frequently visits a very pretty hairdresser.

[Spence has decided not to take Lou Ferrigno to a Sci-Fi convention because Adam West agreed to go]

Adam West: 
If you ran into Bill Shatner this morning, would you have dumped me too?

Spence Olchin: 
I want to say "no," but I'm so weak.

[to Doug]
Lou Ferrigno: 
We hear you have a hot hairdresser.

Adam West: 
We want in!

That one bit of dialogue is full of Zonks, but it's oh so good....

30 Rock
- Apollo, Apollo (2009) 
Liz is upset when she finds out that her ex-boyfriend Dennis slept with Jenna, Jack reminisces about his youth on the eve of his birthday, and Tracy prepares to go into space.

Adam West was represented by Grizz's talent agency, so they were able to get that scratched off of Jack's 5th grade bucket list.

The Big Bang Theory 
- The Celebration Experimentation (2016) 
The gang convince Sheldon to celebrate his birthday and throw him a party.

Sheldon's birthday is approaching, and Amy wants to throw him a party despite he not ever having wanted a birthday party in the past. When Amy, Leonard, and Penny learn the reason why he's never wanted a party, they assure him that this one will make up for the disappointments that were his birthday parties when he was a child. In trying to figure out what to get him for a present, Leonard, Howard and Raj decide that what would make up for those childhood party disappointments would be to have a Batman show up, specifically in the form of Adam West. Even with all the details of what Sheldon wants for his birthday, such as a three layer chocolate cake with strawberry frosting, Sheldon will have to overcome a lot of bad memories to make it through what his friends want to be a good party for him.

Adam West: 
There's another reason I should be higher on the list: 
all those other guys had muscles built in their costumes. 
All I had on my bat-suit was 100% grade-A West.

Eventually Adam West will see two of his characters be inducted into the Hall and may be the only person from the real world with four entries into the Hall.
But even so (not that it's that great an honor), it pales in the face of this fact - we have lost Adam West.

Good night and may God bless, Old Chum.....