Practically every super hero legend is the story of an ordinary person who finds a power that either he/she didn’t know they had. An ordinary guy named Lenny B. Robinson learned if he dawned his cape and climbs into his batmobile he can change the lives of sick children.
In March 2012 the cyberworld was introduced to media sensation, Lenny B. Robinson, a Baltimore Maryland based business man who was pulled over by police dressed up as Batman –Batmobile and all — in Silver Spring, Md. He was pulled over for a problem with his plates. This wouldn’t ordinarily make international news, but the car was his black Lamborghini, the license plate was the Batman symbol, and the driver was dressed head-to-toe in a full Batman costume. When videos of this masked Batman went viral, the Caped Crusader’s true intentions came to light for the world to see. It turns out Robinson is a real life hero. Robinson, had been visiting sick children in hospitals in the Baltimore area monthly since 2001, and ventured out nationally, and internationally, to bring his superhero to thousands of sick children in hospitals around the globe. He also visited schools to talk about bullying. Trading in his Lamborghini for a custom-made Batmobile, that debuting in Coeur d’Alene Idaho on the 4th of July 2012, Lenny traveled around the country in July 2012 giving out Batman toys and goodies to hundreds of kids in children’s hospitals along the route. He spent roughly $25k a year on toys, books, and shirts for the kids.
Unfortunately Leonard B. Robinson’s story has ended. Leonard was fatally struck by a car Sunday night on I-70 after his batmobile broke down.
From the Post:
Robinson had just stopped at a gas station, where he met a family whose children were interested in his custom-made car, Maryland state police in Hagerstown said. Robinson gave the kids some superhero paraphernalia before leaving about the same time as his new acquaintances. When they saw him pull over, they did the same and witnessed the 10:30 p.m. accident, state police said.
Robinson was having engine trouble and stopped “partially in the fast lane,” according to a state police news release. He was checking the engine when the Batmobile was struck by a Toyota Camry. The Batmobile then hit him. Robinson was pronounced dead at the scene.
The crash is still under investigation, and no charges have been filed. The driver of the car, who wasn’t injured, declined to comment.
Robinson’s devastated family and friends gathered Monday at his parents’ Owings Mills, Md., home, remembering him not just as Batman, but as a son, brother, father and uncle.
“He was my brother, my business partner, my best friend,” said his younger brother, Scott Robinson.
The family is aware that people around the world were sharing news of his death.
“He touched a lot of lives and made a lot of kids smile,” Scott Robinson said. “That’s all he wanted to do.”
So sad to hear of the death of this man who took his passion for Batman and used it to truly help people. He left a superb legacy of goodness and was an inspiration.
Via: The Washington Press
Category: Nerd Culture