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In Case You Missed It: Former President Jimmy Carter surprises passengers on flight; Adam West, TV's Batman, dies at 88; First Lady Melania Trump and son Barron move into White House

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Weekends are great for unwinding, and maybe even unplugging for a little while. Here's what trended that you might have missed if you weren't on social media the last couple days.

 

Former President Jimmy Carter surprises passengers on flight

Former President Jimmy Carter surprised passengers on a flight on Thursday by going down the aisle to greet every person on the plane. 

The 92-year-old, smiling from ear to ear, boarded the Delta flight from Atlanta to Washington and moved down the aisle to shake hands with every single passenger on board.

“It’s hard to put into words what a nice reprieve from the current political theater this moment was,” passenger James Sheffield told Atlanta’s WSB-TV. “His enthusiasm was authentic and humble, in a way that made things feel less heavy for a moment."

 

Adam West, TV's original Batman, dies at 88

Television's original Batman, Adam West, died in Los Angeles on Friday night after a short battle with leukemia, a family spokesperson said. He was 88.

Fellow Batman actors, including Val Kilmer and Kevin Conroy, shared memories of the actor online and posted emotional tributes of the late Caped Crusader. 

Ben Affleck, who currently plays the hero, also paid tribute, writing thanks to West for "showing us all how it’s done.”

West was at the peak of pop culture after the classic "Batman" television series debuted in January 1966 on ABC. 

With colorful onscreen exclamations like "Wham!" and "Pow!" the half-hour part action, part comedy became a hit until it flamed out in 1968.

West is survived by his wife Marcelle, six children, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

 

His death had a profound impact on Times reporter Howard Altman, who got to interview West 25 years ago and was pleasantly surprised to find West lived up to his campy Batman persona.

 

First Lady Melania Trump and son Barron officially move into White House

The first lady and her 11-year-old son Barron spent the night in the White House as official residents for the first time on Sunday night. 

Over four months after President Trump's inauguration, First Lady Melania Trump and Barron Trump joined the rest of the first family in the executive mansion at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. 

Melania and Barron remained at Trump Tower in New York so Barron could finish out the school year there. 

After arriving Sunday evening, the first lady tweeted: "Looking forward to the memories we'll make in our new home! #Movingday."

Contact Samantha Putterman at sputterman@tampabay.com. Follow @samputterman.

 In this Sunday, Jan. 27, 1989 photo, actors Adam West, left, and Burt Ward, dressed as their characters Batman and Robin.

[Associated Press | Mark Elias]

In this Sunday, Jan. 27, 1989 photo, actors Adam West, left, and Burt Ward, dressed as their characters Batman and Robin.

[Last modified: Monday, June 12, 2017 10:25am]

    

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