On the high holy feast day of Star Wars nerds across the country — and even non-nerds who get the “May the Fourth Be With You” joke — a surgical tech at a hospital here is acknowledging his name’s connection to the dark side.
His last name is Williamson, a bespectacled, stout man, 39 years old in hospital scrubs with a radiating smile that conflicts with a first name usually associated with evil.
Williamson. Darthvader Williamson.
No, really. That’s his name. Its right there on his St. Francis Hospital-Bartlett ID badge.
“And it’s on my birth certificate,” he said.
Born in Texas, the story goes that his mother wanted to name him Junior after his father, Anthony Lee Williamson. But dad was a bit of a Star Wars fan and liked Darth Vader so much he suggested the name.
In the stupor of anesthesia, “She’s like: ‘Yeah. OK. Fine,'” Williamson recounted.
Then as she came to her senses and realized what happened, she had second thoughts. Williamson’s father said it would be OK, that it was a cool name for their son.