30th birthday you legally became Optimus Prime. Did the other
people in your unit like that? Do any of them like Transfomers?
Optimus: They liked them as kids. They of course razzed me for months on end about
the name change. They respect me for what I
have done now though. They tell me that I am my own person more than anyone
they know. More than that, many of them have said that if our Fire Fighting
unit ever sees battle, they know that I will be one of the first to take
point against enemy fire.
about at the homefront? Anyone in your family have a problem with
Optimus: My family didnít believe me at first, and then they all fell over laughing.
The only person I have ever met that has a problem with my new name is my
sonís mother. We are divorced; I got the name change right after it happened. She has a nervous breakdown every time the subject comes up.
Sheís worried about our son Sean growing up and dealing with it. She will
learn in time to just be happy and have fun though. She may not like my
name, but she is the best mom on Earth.
Botcollector: So what
did you do to change it? In Michigan, it's the secretary of State
and the courts (you have to swear in and everything before changing a
Optimus: I just went to the County Court house and submitted the paperwork for the
name change. I never had to go to court.
Botcollector: Did the
person who processed the name change recognize the new one?
Optimus: The person
assisting me didnít recognize the name. Some people ask what it means.
Optimus Prime means ĎThe first and the bestí.
anyone in the course of your normal daily life recognize the name?
Optimus: My name gets recognized all the time. They always ask for my license when
they read the credit card. I took this girl out not too long ago, and we went to a nice restaurant.
After the waiter took my card, she came back with about 6 employees. They
all asked me if I was really Optimus Prime. Brownie points for me later
plans to name your children using other Transformers names?
Optimus: I would never give my child such a name. They would be teased to no end in
school. Life is hard enough. I am a tough S.O.B., and you canít mess with
let's say they went through the name changes themselves when they are of
legal age, and maybe even followed suit with their own children; an
entire Generation (as it were)!
Optimus: Hey, a family of Transformers would be a kick! By the way, if there is any woman
out there who will changer her name to Elita-1, I will marry you on the spot. I would kill to find a female Transformer fan.