Alas, I am sad to report that the Pittsburgh-area man who sought to change his name to "Boomer the Dog," has been denied an official name change. You can watch the local news report at the link.
"Common Pleas Judge Ronald Folino denied the request in a 1 1/2-page ruling late Wednesday. He said it could result in 'confusion in the marketplace,' including in business records and public documents, and could have more serious consequences. If [Mr.] Mathews, 44, were to witness a serious vehicle crash and call for help, for example, the name could confuse an emergency dispatcher, the judge said. 'The dispatcher on the phone queries as to the caller's identity, and the caller responds, 'This is Boomer the Dog,' the judge wrote. 'It is not a stretch to imagine the telephone dispatcher concluding that the call is a prank and refusing to send an emergency medical response.'
[Mr.] Mathews told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in an e-mail: 'Doggone it, well I wasn't too confident about it going through at this stage, just from the vibe that I was getting in the courtroom. ... Right now I'm not sure what I'm going to do next, I'll just have to look into it. All I know is that I've been trying to realize my identity for a long time, like many people have I guess.'"
I don't know, if the Judge's reasoning really holds water. Let's bear in mind, was there not an NBA palyer a few years back named World B Free?