PHOENIX - A Tucson man who legally changed his name to Obi-Wan Kenobi in 1999 is raising money so he can be in the new Stars Wars movie.
His full name is Obi-Wan Kenobi Alameda and he won a radio contest in 1999 that named him, "The Biggest Star Wars Fan in Southern Arizona." He was also given $1,000 to legally change his name to Obi-Wan Kenobi the day before "The Phantom Menace" was released.
Alameda is now a morning show producer at that radio station where he won that contest.
Alameda heard that Star Wars producer, J.J. Abrams, is giving Star Wars fans a chance to be onscreen in the new movie, but in order to have a chance to be in the movie, hopeful fans have to donate to Star Wars: Force for Change, which will benefit UNICEF. Every $10 donated means one entry to potentially be in the new movie.
Alameda set up an IndieGoGo site to help his raise money that will directly go to UNICEF whether he wins or not. He has currently raised just below $600 and hopes to raise as much money as he can in order to increase his chances of being in the movie.