Adam West speaks at the Phoenix Comicon event in 2014. Image: Gage Skidmore
Adam West, the “Batman” star who died this month at age 88, is being remembered by USPS and Postal Inspection Service employees who knew and worked with him.
Soon after West and his wife Marcelle settled in Ketchum, ID, in 1987, he became a regular customer at the local Post Office.
“When he wasn’t traveling, Adam came to the Post Office every day,” Ketchum Postmaster John McDonald said. “He received a lot of fan mail.”
West played a campy version of the Dark Knight in the 1960s “Batman” TV series. It aired for only three seasons, but much to West’s delight, it continued to attract fans in reruns.
“My mail really reflects the fact that people still see the show, and it’s really been evergreen. It’s been around 40-some years. I’m very lucky,” West told "Your Postal Podcast” in 2015.
West’s crime fighting wasn’t limited to TV. Last year, he helped battle foreign lottery scammers in educational videos for the Inspection Service’s Delivering Trust site.
Paul Krenn, an Inspection Service program manager, has fond memories of working with West on the videos.
“Adam West inspired many youngsters of the time to pursue a career in fighting crime, including me. Little could I imagine I would have an opportunity later in life to work with him,” Krenn said, adding that West was “as passionate in his performance as he was in his commitment to helping the Postal Service protect consumers.”
McDonald said he’ll miss his longtime friend.
“Adam was always happy and made the people around him feel welcomed. He had a wonderful sense of humor,” he said.