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FORMER FIDEL CASTRO WON’T BE THE BUTT OF CIGAR JOKES ANYMORE

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Fidel Castro has changed his name to Mike and is living in Bradenton, Fla., working for a capitalist bank.

No, not that Fidel.With the stroke of a pen Wednesday, Circuit Judge Stephen Dakan changed the legal name of Bradenton's Fidel Castro - named after the Cuban president - to Michael Anthony Castro.

"If you had a name like Fidel Castro, wouldn't you want to change it?" Castro said.

"I have heard every joke - `Where's the beard?' `Where's the cigar?' "

Castro said he could handle the ribbing but worried his career might be hurt.

"I think from a business point of view, a lot of doors might shut in my face because of the name," said Castro.

Antonio and Amparo Castro of Miami named their newborn son on Jan. 22, 1961, after the man then considered a hero for overthrowing dictator Fulgencio Batista in 1959. But Castro later changed Cuba into a communist state.