Downtown Wichita Falls, Texas, in the mid 1940’s was a bustling metropolis for a boy of 7 just away from the farm and ranch community where he was born. My father, a cook and cowboy by trade, had just started as one of the first cooks for the Casa Manana restaurant in 1947. He moved us to an apartment on Ohio Street, right across from the Gem Theater, between 7th and 8th Streets. It’s here that we would stay for the next three years. The Gem Theater became a magic palace for a young mind. But it had to share that distinction with the rest of the magic that was Wichita Falls. I attended San Jacinto and Carrigan elementary schools, as well as Reagan Junior High, and belonged to the Boys Club on 6th Street. Please join, and share your stories and pictures through a Guest Blog, of early Wichita Falls - or your home town. Contact me at or leave a comment. We could use old pictures of movie houses, drive-in theaters, and other nostalgic pictures related to our youths.

Friday, October 4, 2013

The Boy Who Loved Batman

The Boy Who Loved Batman (A Memoir)
By Michael E. Uslin
Chronicle Books LLC
ISBN #978-0811875509
Price $19.70 (Hardback)
256 Pages
Rating 5-Stars

“Memories Of A Comic Book Fan”

The author discovered comic books when he was five years old, then fell in love with the character of Batman. This book chronicles his dreams from childhood, through education, and finally to Hollywood where he would be involved in bringing a darker Batman to film with such titles as “Batman Begins”. We see his struggles, triumphs, loves, and discouragements along the way.

I found Michael Uslin’s life an interesting one, and agree with his philosophy to dream your dreams, then get off your butt and pursue them. I find this true. Many people have plenty of dreams, but sit on their butts waiting for opportunity to come knocking on their door, and then blame everyone else when they don’t achieve their dreams. Like the author I discovered comic books at an early age (age 7 for me), and loved Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman until I found Captain Marvel and The Marvel Family. But I was never a fanatic, and only picked up comic books occasionally. In the third grade my teacher caught me with a comic book in school and brought me a book, suggesting I read real literature. The book was “Dr. Hudson’s Secret Journal” by Lloyd C. Douglas, and I became a reader of novels from that point onward. However, I could feel Michael Uslin’s love for comic books, and especially Batman, and if his memoirs don’t do anything else, I hope they persuade readers to pursue their dreams as steadfast as he, and don’t blame the world if you fail.

Tom Johnson
Echoes Magazine

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