Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Ballsy Campaign Saves 76 Balls

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – It looks like when people come together for a good cause, they can move mountains – or at least save 76 balls.

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 doesn’t 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 World’s Fair.

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