Save the 76 Ball - bbc en Full-sized Spinning 76 Ball on eBay! <p><img border="0" src="" /> </p> <p>If you've been wondering, like we have, what's become of the 76 Balls that are being pulled down from their poles, here's where one of them is: being <a target="_blank" href="">auctioned on eBay</a>! The seller says it was removed from a Bakersfield race track two years ago. And of course if you win, you have to pick it up.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Save the 76 Ball made some new friends in the media yesterday. Check out the <a target="_blank" href="">podcast</a> of petition writers Nathan and Kim in the last ten minutes of the BBC's Up All Night Blog show, the Daily Telegraph <a target="_blank" href=";sSheet=/news/2006/02/23/ixworld.html">article</a>, and the <a target="_blank" href=";nm=&amp;type=Publishing&amp;mod=Publications%3A%3AArticle&amp;mid=8F3A7027421841978F18BE895F87F791&amp;tier=4&amp;id=67C610CD4F604FC1B84B1C50EB230A46&amp;AudID=B1DB1F916652">piece</a> in the deliciously-named Convenience Store/Petroleum Daily News.</p> <p>We're closing in on 900 signatures on the <a target="_blank" href="">petition</a>. Will it hit 1000 by the weekend? </p> bbc daily telegraph ebay auction save the 76 ball Thu, 23 Feb 2006 13:05:37 -0800 kim 46 at The Whole World Loves The 76 Ball <p>Here's a big blue and orange THANKS to Chris Vallance of the BBC, whose delightful story titled <a target="_blank" href="">&quot;Can we have our balls back, please?&quot;</a> sent 30,000 visitors to this website yesterday, and hundreds of international signers to the <a target="_blank" href="">petition</a>. </p> <p>The consensus of the comments received yesterday: The 76 Ball is a classic beloved by all who see it, and folks don't want it to be removed. They are willing to vote at the pump if ConocoPhillips doesn't step back from this rebranding effort and stick with the best gas station signage they'll ever have.</p> <p>Other reporters have become interested in this story.&nbsp; Yesterday I spoke with jounalists from the <em>Daily Telegraph</em> and the <em>Los Angeles Business Journal</em>. And the BBC story inspired a short blurb on the UPI newswire. </p> <p>And for those of you who'd like to wear your support of the 76 Ball on your chest or bookbag, our staff artist Phil Goldwhite has created three spiffy, and affordable, designs <a href="" target="_blank">now available in our CafePress shop</a>. May I recommend a nice &quot;Don't Let Them Take Our Balls&quot; fridge magnet or a setting ball mousepad?</p> <p><img border="0" src="" />&nbsp;</p> <p>Everyone who visits this site has the power to help Save the 76 Ball. Sign the <a href="" target="_blank">petition</a> and call or email <a href="" target="_blank">ConocoPhillips</a>. Tell your friends. Print out the convenient &quot;keep the ball!&quot; <a href="" target="_blank">cards</a> to hand to your local 76 gas station. Together we can stop false progress and protect our beloved sphere. </p> bbc good news media storm popular worldwide Wed, 22 Feb 2006 08:46:35 -0800 kim 45 at