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Man gets 'Awesome' name change

UPI News Service, 12/07/2010 

An Oregon man, inspired by a character on the TV series "Chuck," has succeeded in his quest to change his name to Captain Awesome.

Douglas Allen Smith Jr., 27, of the Eugene-Springfield area, was granted the name change request last month by a Lane County Circuit Court judge after it was initially refused by another judge in an informal "ex-parte" hearing, The Register Guard newspaper in Eugene reported Tuesday.

Awesome said his name change was inspired by Dr. Devon "Captain Awesome" Woodcomb, a character on NBC series "Chuck."

"I just thought it was really funny that Devon's father always called him Captain Awesome because 'a poor nickname builds good character,'" Awesome said.

He said the judge also allowed him to change his official signature to a right-pointing arrow, a smiley face and a left-pointing arrow, but his bank refused to honor the signature because "it was too easily forgeable."

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