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Q: My 16-year-old son is having a problem with the DMV.

Mark Pesek, Fremont

A: Another day, another DMV hassle.  But when you provided more details, this went to the top of the list.

Q: His great-grandfather’s name was John Mark Pesek II. His grandfather’s name is John Mark Pesek III. My name is John Mark Pesek IV.

His name is John Mark Pesek V.

All of his ancestors were able to have the correct suffix on their driver’s licenses. When he went to the DMV to get his provisional instruction permit, the DMV was unable to give the suffix “V”. The permit was issued with his last name being Pesekv, which is definitely not correct.

Is there any way your contacts can help to get his last name and suffix correct?

Mark Pesek

A: I contacted Araceli-a-DMV-Helper, who contacted you. Your your son and wife solved the problem by providing a new provisional instruction permit.

The problem was technical. A suffix can be added, but it is required to be on the first line on the card.

Now, if your son has a son someday, do you think he’ll be John Mark Pesek VI? I hope so.

Q: Your mention from a reader regarding Gunn High School driving instructor Pete Ida inspired me to write to you about my driving instructor at Aragon High School in San Mateo, Mr. Wayne Taylor.

He, too, taught us with patience. He had an index card attached to the driver’s sun visor. When we did something stupid, we of, course, had excuses. He would calmly reach over to the driver’s visor, drop it and we’d see this message, “Does this car have a brain?” He taught us how to interact with the cops, too, and his best he saved for the end of the argument, “Many a tombstone in a cemetery says, ‘But I had the right of way.'”

He was a great man. I wish I had realized it back in the ’70s that “youth is wasted on the wrong people.”

Thanks, Mr. Taylor, wherever you are!

Bob Self, Class of ’76, Mountain View

A: Many of us remember the great driving instructors we had.

Q: When I was a young buck in my late teens and early 20s, I had a few fender benders, “none of which were my fault.” I finally realized I was not leaving room for the mistakes of others. I backed off and had no more fender benders.

Walter D’Ardenne, Cupertino

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The Washington Football Team is keeping a close eye on the rollout of the Cleveland Indians name change to ensure they aren't beset by any of the same "gremlins" when they do it next year.  

Washington team president Jason Wright told ESPN he's monitoring the issues the MLB franchise encounters after it announced its new name, the Cleveland Guardians, last week. Wright said earlier this month the Washington Football Team will announce its new name and logo in early 2022. 

Washington keeps close eye on MLB name change © Provided by Yahoo! Sports Washington Football Team President Jason Wright is keeping an eye on an MLB name change. (Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports)

Wright said he's looking at the intricacies of a professional sports team making a name change and the complications his own team might face. 

"One of the things I'm continuing to watch is ... what happens from here on out? What are the legal and trademark things that pop up?" Wright told ESPN. "How do they navigate those going forward? Just the little boogeymen of implementation that might pop up is interesting to me."

Both franchises are leaving behind nicknames that were offensive to the Native American community. Washington said in July 2020 it would change its nickname and logo. It rebranded temporarily to "Washington Football Team" while gathering out information on other names. 

"It will never be perfect," Wright said. "But I do want it to be as seamless as possible and of the quality it deserves so these little things, these gremlins that can pop up in the implementation process, is of great importance to me. Once we roll this out it needs to be something, irrespective of the initial reaction of the fans, that we don't do anything to self-inflict making that process more challenging."

Wright said the team will not be named the "Washington Warriors" as it "too closely aligns with Native American themes." Potential names include Monarchs, Presidents, Wild Hogs, Ambassadors and Renegades. 

Potential problems in professional sports nicknames

Any professional sports team changing its nickname has the obvious concern of not picking a name that is offensive or racist toward a group. There's also the issue of if it is accepted by the team's longtime fans, which can be tricky. The backlash is highly likely, at least at first. And how the Cleveland team handles it can provide a road map for Washington. 

But there are also legal issues. In the Guardians' case there is already an amateur men's roller derby team in the city with the same name. It has held the name and logo for years and also has the domain name and social media account. The MLB team might have to pay the roller derby team to avoid a potential trademark infringement lawsuit and take over such internet necessities as the Facebook name, "Cleveland Guardians." 

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