On behalf of this week’s geek “holiday” (May 4) May the Fourth — a pun based on the phrase “may the force be with you,” Darthvader Williamson, a 39-year-old surgery tech who was named after the famous Star Wars character has been the talk of the town.
As the Star Wars intro goes, In a galaxy far, far away, Darth Vader rules as one of the most feared villains of all time. But in a Tennessee hospital, he’s known as a force for good, and not evil.
In a video interview released by St. Francis Hospital-Bartlett, where he’s worked for 10 years and counting, Darthvader revealed that it was his father’s decision to name him after the famed Sith Lord, perhaps against his mother’s better judgment.
“When I was born, my mother wanted me to be named junior, which was after my father, Anthony Lee Williamson,” he said. “But with him being a ‘Star Wars’ buff, he was enamored by the character Darth Vader, he was like, this would be one bad name for our son.”
Williamson said his father convinced his mother. When she came around and realized the name they put on his birth certificate, “she was like, ‘what have I done?’”
The name though had its ups and downs growing up as a kid, but today he says he loves it and later changed it to one word, instead of two.
“I used to get in fights because of my name. I use to be made fun of, ‘hey space boy, come here!” he told the Tennessean.
That all changed when he entered middle and high school as it attracted the attention of girls. It also became “a conversation piece in itself.”
“I just grew to love it from there,” he said.
Today, Darthvader said that his name has some other advantages.
He claims that it’s gotten him out of traffic tickets, given him a four-percent reduction on a credit card rate, and invited to “Star Wars” events.
He’s even received requests for autographs and pictures, which he thinks is a bit much.
Although, it wouldn’t be Darthvader if he had to choose a favorite Star Wars character, he said It’d be the bounty hunter Boba Fett.
“Darth Vader is always talking,” Williamson told WCVB News. “Boba doesn’t do much talking. When you see him, you know it’s going down.”