A campaign to save the iconic orange balls that have loomed over Union 76 gas stations since 1962 has apparently been successful.
For the past 18 months, Conoco-Phillips, the company that owns Union 76, has slowly been destroying the orange balls and replacing them with flat red signs
That is, until ball-boosters like Kim Cooper, actor Michael Madsen and Zippy cartoonist Bill Griffiths organized a ballsy campaign that demanded the balls stay in place.
Now, Conoco-Phillips has agreed to replace orange balls with red-colored ones and to donate the old spheres to museums.
There is one caveat: Conoco-Phillips doesnt want any Union 76 balls in the hands of private collectors.
Cooper says the campaign is a stunning victory for citizen activism, historical preservation and good design but hopes Conoco-Phillips will at least give one of the original Union 76 balls to a man named Ray Pedersen, who designed the first ball for the 1962 Seattle Worlds Fair.
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