News from the Northwest filters across the country slowly, so it is only this morning that we are getting around to recognizing a new hero to us all: Captain Awesome!
You may know him as Douglas Allen Smith Jr. -- if you live in Lane County, Oregon, and already know this out-of-work cabinet installer. But he's officially "Mr. Awesome" from now on after a country judge granted his request last month for a name change.
The new identity was inspired by the character of Dr. Devon “Captain Awesome” Woodcomb on the NBC show Chuck.
The Register-Guard newspaper of Eugene, Oregon, also reports that Captain Awesome was also granted use of an equally unique signature:
Mitchell also allowed Awesome to change his official signature to a right-pointing arrow, a smiley face and a left-pointing arrow. The state Department of Motor Vehicles actually accepted the cheerful new signature. But alas, his bank refused to honor it, Awesome said.
“They said it was too easily forgeable,” he explained.