Friday, March 3, 2006

Petitioners Fight To Save Eighty-Year-Old Man’s Balls

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Eighty-year-old Ray Pedersen is not ready to lose his balls.

Those balls would be the huge orange and blue “76” globes designed by Pedersen in 1955 that have become synonymous with Union 76 gas stations on the west coast.

The big balls on poles are being torn down and replaced with flat signs in a blue and red motif by the company’s new owners, ConocoPhillips, and some people are very upset about it.

Los Angeles-based writer Kim Cooper calls the gas station makeovers “disorienting” and “wrong,” which is why she co-authored a petition at asking ConocoPhillips to hang on to the remaining balls and replace the ones they removed.

She especially wants the old color scheme back because she thinks the new red “looks like liver.”

Pedersen contacted Cooper about the campaign to offer his support and now she’s even more fired up to save his balls. Naturally, she says, “He doesn’t want to see them go.”

And neither does she. She admits, “I didn’t realize how strongly I felt about them.”

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