One of the fascinating Angelenos featured in L.A. Weekly's People 2013 issue. Check out our entire People 2013 issue here.
Last year's Mars landing by the NASA rover Curiosity was a nail-biter broadcast live from the control room at the Jet Propulsion Lab in La Cañada Flintridge. Yet as the rover touched down, much of the world — at least, the part on Twitter — was riveted by the grinning flight director who'd sculpted his jet-black hair into a red-tipped mohawk and shaved stars onto the side of his head.
"Mohawk guy is absolutely killing it."
"You know how in Star Trek you'll see like that one alien working around humans? Mohawk Guy is totally that alien."
"The guy with the mohawk? Flight Director for the Curiosity Rover mission. NBD."
"NASA rover Curiosity lands on Mars, and the biggest thing to come out of it is Mohawk guy."
Then came the marriage proposals. A Tumblr called NASA NEEDS MORE MOHAWKS. Even a "Weekend Update" nod on Saturday Night Live. When President Obama phoned JPL to congratulate the team, he said he was pondering a mohawk.
It didn't hurt that Bobak Ferdowsi's name makes him sound like a secondary character from Star Wars.