Save the 76 Ball - dori monson en Ray Pedersen Says: Save My Ball! <p><img width="333" height="500" border="0" src="" alt="Ray Pedersen: Good Design is Having a Ball" title="Ray Pedersen: Good Design is Having a Ball" /></p> <p>A couple of days ago, I was interviewed on Dori Monson's KIRO Seattle radio show about the Save The 76 Ball <a href="" target="_blank">petition</a> campaign. Hundreds of Dori's listeners have rallied to sign the petition, including Dori himself (thanks!). But the most extraordinary thing to come from this interview was an email I received from Ray Pedersen, a man with a very personal relationship to the 76 Ball. Well, let's let him tell you about it himself:</p> <p>&nbsp;<br /> Kim: &nbsp;It's a small world. &nbsp;A friend of mine and fellow alumni of The Art Center School of Pasadena told me you were on a program the other day and sent me this info on you. &nbsp;I am the guy who was creative director in 1955 on the Union Oil account for Young and Rubican Advertising in L.A. &nbsp;I designed the ball for the Seattle World Fair (their SkyRide) and it was so stunning that Fred Hartley wanted it done for all Union Oil Stations. &nbsp;He called it &quot;Pedersen's Balls.&quot;&nbsp; It was much fun. &nbsp;I had a small one made so it would just fit in my Beechcraft Bonanza and we went all over the country shooting beautiful scenes and put the ball up on a pole and what do you know?.... a gas station in front of the magnificent Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, San Francisco Bay Bridge, etc.</p> <p>&nbsp;<br /> Here is a snap of me getting the ball ready at the Grand Canyon location. </p> <p>Save my ball! &nbsp; (have a housefull plus a basketball with the logo) </p> <p>Regards,<br /> Ray Pedersen</p> <p>Stay tuned for more from Ray, who is still creatively active at 80, and off to Iceland to brand glacial water for Icelandia PLC!&nbsp;</p> <p><img width="213" height="320" border="0" src="" /></p> <p><img border="0" src="" />&nbsp;</p> <p><img border="0" src="" /><br /> &nbsp;<img border="0" src="" /></p> beechcraft bonanza design dori monson grand canyon ray pedersen save the 76 ball whimsy Sat, 11 Feb 2006 22:41:29 -0800 kim 33 at