Captain Awesome: Douglas Allen Smith Jr. changes name to honor 'Chuck' character

captain-awesome-smiley.jpgWe think this is pretty awesome.

Douglas Allen Smith Jr., an unemployed Oregonian cabinet installer, legally changed his name to Captain Awesome in November, and already his life is changing for the "awesomer," according to the Washington Post.

How? Well, for one thing, news stories like this one are being written about him. We don't doubt that he'll make it on TV soon. If he plays his cards right, he might meet the actual Captain Awesome.

For non- "Chuck" fans, "Captain Awesome" is the nickname of Dr. Devon Woodcomb, played with good-natured panache by Ryan McPartlin. He's handsome, in shape, saves lives and is an all around admirable guy. Not a bad person to model your life after. Devon's dad gave him the nickname because "a poor nickname builds good character."

This is not the former Smith's only awesome idea. Since the name pretty much speaks for itself, he felt he didn't need the redundancy of a real signature. After determining the name change wasn't for fraudulent reasons, a Lane County judge granted Smith permission to use a picture instead: right pointing arrow, smiley face, left pointing arrow ( pictured above).

The only place he can't use it is at the bank because it's too easy to forge.

Kudos to the new Captain Awesome. We wonder if he's single and if he's okay being that way for a while. If he's married, well, uh, mazel tov to Mrs. Awesome.

Captain Awesome brings to mind another great fictional character who inspired a name change. The former Scott Nall, a National Guardsman, changed his name to Optimus Prime, leader of the Autobots in "The Transformers."
Photo/Video credit: NBC
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