Attention, Houston-area government employees: You are giving Wayne Dolcefino way too many opportunities to make references to classic TV reruns.
The last time we featured a video from Dolcefino's 13 Undercover crew from KTRK-TV -- a story regarding possible favoritism in the Kemah city government -- it included a reference to Hogan's Heroes.
Today's featured video is another Channel 13 piece, and this time, it's an investigative homage to Batman. No, none of that Christian Bale/George Clooney stuff here. The real Batman: Adam West and his blue tights from about 1966 or so.
Dolcefino's target this time is the Houston Police Department's "BAT" vans, mobile units that are supposed to test drivers' breath-alcohol levels.
The city has six of these $100,000 vans, Dolcefino says, but they're not that mobile after all. He reports that one of them wasn't used for two years, and another one was used only once in 10 months. And another one spent the night not out on the mean streets testing potential drunken drivers but instead parked behind a pizza joint.
Personally, I'm jealous. The only Batman reference I ever got to make in a news story was a piece I did as a newspaper intern in Nashville on how people had begun to refer to the newly built BellSouth tower there (since renamed as the AT&T Building) as the "Batman Building" because of its twin spires and starkly sloped roof.
But I have to warn you -- don't watch this video if you don't want the old Batman theme song (you remember: duh, duh,duh, duh, duh, duh, duh, duh, BAT-MAN!) in your head all day. I used to have it as a ringtone on my work cellphone. Drove everyone in the newsroom crazy.
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