With gas prices so high, nobody is a fan of the gasoline companies these days. But Kim and Nathan over at 1947 Project have an affinity for a symbol of one of them – the 76 ball – which is being retired in favor of a fairly icky, and non-orange, new sign.
About our cause: ConocoPhillips is removing the iconic 76 Balls and replacing them with boring rectangular signs that aren’t even orange! Our petition and boycott asks that they STOP THIS and leave the remaining 76 Balls on their poles, where they belong. Wanna help?:
When I was growing up, my grandpa had several of those old 76 antenna balls, which he used for various purposes. One was an actual antenna ball. One was hung from the ceiling in the garage to help my grandma park the minivan in the right spot each time (it’d hit the windshield when the car was in the right position – any further and the front end would overlap the little walkway into the house). When ha received others, he stuck them on other random locations in his house – I even think he had one hanging off one of his golf clubs. So I have a fairly sentimental attachment to the freakin’ orange ball.
I think my local station still has the old-style ball, but I’m out of town right now and can’t check. (Oh, woe is me!) If ConocoPhilips won’t relent on the decision to change the signage, I think they should auction the old 76 balls off, with proceeds going to charity. People who have some kind of weird-ass sentimental attachment to those giant orange balls can bid on them, while everyone else goes about their business refilling their tanks, oblivious to our work. 76 Orange Ball nerds unite!