1. Anonymous
    February 21, 2006 @ 1:25 am

    We had 76 balls in Ohio until Unocal withdrew. If ConocoPhilips continues its disregard for automotive history, I will not use their products, should I ever have occasion to be in their territory. Cp is just as bad as BP. BP took Sohio and Amoco away (and ARCO may disappear in the next few years). I support a boycott of CP if they don’t reverse themselves and keep the 76 balls. The 76 ball is an icon, and should be left alone.


  2. Anonymous
    February 21, 2006 @ 2:27 pm

    I live in England but know of the 76 ball, I drove around California for a few months last summer and they were a great sight.


  3. Anonymous
    February 21, 2006 @ 2:57 pm

    I love in London, UK. We have lost most of our red telephone boxes & red double decker buses in the name of progress. Our city is a poorer place for it – we should have hung on to our famous icons. The 76 balls have similiar status – keep them.


  4. Anonymous
    February 21, 2006 @ 3:16 pm

    When I think about my time in California, the 76 ball is a part of the landscape, especially on those long warm nights at Dodgers Stadium.

    People love it, and it only costs money to replace it….if it ain’t broke don’t fix it!

    Susie in London


  5. Anonymous
    February 21, 2006 @ 4:42 pm

    Ray I’m sure has no use for 76 balls… however we in CA have a GREAT need to keep in place our own History. Please do not remove theses from the gas stations.

    Just because you have the power to do something does not always mean that you should.

    Be a part of this state. Be a GOOD part of this state and earn new loyalty from your current and future customers.

    Let the Union 76 Orange balls remain as the signage for the statuions and let Ray worry about his own ball problem.

    Sam Miller
    Eagle Rock, CA


  6. Anonymous
    February 21, 2006 @ 6:17 pm

    I can only echo what the earlier poster from London said, any bit of design that stand out as being a little bit different from the herd can only be a good thing. Why a company that has a logo that is as unique as this one would want to swap it for a plain boring usual sign that looks the same as everything else is beyond me.


  7. Anonymous
    February 21, 2006 @ 6:18 pm

    I also live in the UK and have seen icon upon icon disappear from everyday life! Why should some corporation or company dictate to the public what it thinks we want? The people have spoken! They want their balls back!!

    John – Canterbury, UK


  8. Anonymous
    February 21, 2006 @ 7:27 pm

    Our family owns two 76 stations in LA, and we want to save the balls too. People just love them. BIG OIL, on the other hand, wants to modernize the 76 image, despite our reservations, and wants to mess with a classic.


    • Anonymous
      March 2, 2006 @ 6:52 am

      Don’t give in to corporate pressure. You guys are really the heart and soul of the company and keepers of the flame.


  9. Anonymous
    February 21, 2006 @ 11:45 pm

    America wouldn’t get rid of Mt. Rushmore so why get rid of an icon like the 76 balls? From Richard in the Netherlands.


  10. Anonymous
    February 22, 2006 @ 9:58 am

    Why does the antenna ball advertised for sale say 69 and not 76?

    Just a confused passer by.
    The editrix responds: because the original 76 antenna balls are no longer in production, darn it! (you can sometimes find them on eBay, though)


  11. Anonymous
    February 22, 2006 @ 12:00 pm

    Keep the balls – I live in the UK and big business are all to quick to get rid of iconic items, Routemaster buses in London and red phone boxes are a thing of the past and we are the poorer for it.


  12. Anonymous
    February 23, 2006 @ 8:47 am

    What is it with big corporations and their desire to makeover their brands?In this ever changing world,it is a comfort to have unchanging icons that have become part of our heritage…the London buses are a prime example,London won’t be the same without them.I have seen these balls whenever i have been Stateside and to me they are a part of the US road network as are the big posters boards and the green highway signs.For Pete’s sake,leave them alone!
    Steve Jones,


  13. Anonymous
    May 14, 2006 @ 9:24 pm

    I worked for Union Oil for 32+ years. The 76 ball was the heart and soul of much of what we in marketing did.
    When Tosco bought 76 Refining and Marketing in 1997, one of the reasons for the purchase was the “strong 76 brand image”.
    When Phillips 66 bought Tosco, one of the reasons was the “strong 76 brand image”, which they made sure would transfer to them by licenses. When Conoco became Conoco Phillips, Conoco made sure that the 76 brand came with the purchase because of the “strong 76 brand image”.
    After they got the image, in my humble opinion, they have done everything possible to destroy the strong brand image. They discontinued their association with NASCAR, the Los Angeles Dodgers, and multiple other high profile and recognizable partnerships.
    I think this has less to do with good marketing than it has to do with somebody’s huge anti Union Oil ego. In my opinion, this is really a stupid, self destructive thing to do.
    As one of the other comments said “It’s their nickle”, but if it was my nickle, I would stay with what works, and that’s the 76 meatball.

    Thanks for letting me share my opinion.


  14. Anonymous
    August 31, 2006 @ 8:27 am

    Keep the Ball!


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