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Postby roadsidepictures » Mon Aug 28, 2006 4:43 pm

My picture was published in Auto Week and I didn't even know it!?

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Re: ENDANGERED!

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Postby Dustyman73 » Thu Aug 31, 2006 4:35 pm

There is a sign company yard here in Fresno that has a bunch of removed 76 balls sitting behind a fence.

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Postby roadsidepictures » Thu Aug 31, 2006 4:43 pm

A picture of those would be great (if it's not too out of the way)!

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Postby nichols » Mon Nov 20, 2006 11:56 am

Another one of our comrades fell this morning. The mighty 76 ball at Beverly and St. Andrews sat tied down (Kong-like) in the corner while the new slimline model was touched up for the big lift.

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Operator: "Hey, will you sell these signs?"
Sign man: "Nope...guy in Bakersfield got $1500 for one, then got sued by Conoco."

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Postby nichols » Tue Nov 21, 2006 10:13 am

You know... it reminds me of one of my favorite movies (and books)...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGh97__-uLA

Why can't that line learn to bend?

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...and love

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Postby nichols » Mon Jan 22, 2007 5:56 pm

WALL STREET JOURNAL


Fans Leap to Save A Roadside Icon: Huge Orange Balls
By Russell Gold
Word Count: 1,159 | Companies Featured in This Article: ConocoPhillips
LOS ANGELES -- ConocoPhillips thought it had a simple plan: Update the look of its "76" brand gas stations to make them appear brighter, fresher and more welcoming to modern motorists. And lose those eight-foot-wide rotating orange balls.

That's when the trouble started.

Even this obscure, spherical bit of roadside Americana turned out to have its fierce partisans. As the 400-pound plastic balls came down, a backlash rose up. People circulated petitions asking the oil company to reverse its decision. Others tried to buy a ball. A movie actor wanted one for his Montana ranch. A museum curator decided a ...

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We won! The 76 Balls are being saved... and reinvented!

Postby Kim » Tue Jan 30, 2007 7:22 am

Many thanks to all the 76 Ball-lovin' folks who helped spread the word, signed the petition and told their local station managers to hold onto their Balls!

All the details are at

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Postby ChrisLAXEncounter » Thu Feb 01, 2007 12:29 am

Excellent, excellent news!

Thanks to all of you who helped, big or small.

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Postby sky » Thu Feb 01, 2007 4:24 pm

Wow! Congratulations Nathan and Kim.

Epilogue:
The battle raged on, though the odds against stinked.
Then somewhere in a board room, a corporate type blinked.
“Those crazy Californians,â€￾ the suited man said.
“Let them keep their big balls, just as long as they’re red.â€￾

So when the odds are against you, there’s no need to be grim.
All you need are some big ones, just like Nathan and Kim.

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Postby Joe » Thu Jun 14, 2007 5:58 pm

my local 76 just replaced their old ball sign with a new ball sign. slightly smaller and more red than orange, but a ball sign nevertheless.

this was an old post and beam ranch house style station. a mid-century icon is a see of bad redevelopment. I stop their once a week to fill up my scooter. told the manager 20 times about the ball sign issue. yippee!

I know many presevation stories end in sadness, but happy endings are nice :)

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6th and La Brea...

Postby Nathan » Tue Aug 28, 2007 10:42 am

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...I'm sure a lot of Angelenos are familiar with this lovely lady (but being a ball, is it male? Anyway...) -- a stalwart, faithful holdout of the CP campaign, at the corner of Sixth & La Brea.

But as soon as you see that orange plastic mesh, it means only one thing: impending decapitation. Destruction. Death.

Go and take your photo with this baby, you'll have something to show your grandkids...

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Save the 76 Balls

Postby Deco Lover » Sun Nov 25, 2007 7:13 pm

I was driving south on PCH thru Newport Beach on Saturday, and while stopped at the intersection of PCH and Avocado Ave., I saw a 76 Ball!!!
It was a beautiful orange one! :D It wasn't spinning though. :(

Didn't have a camera, so if there is anybody in the Newport Beach
area, take a picture and post it.

Long live the 76 Ball.


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