Bye-bye ball

Posted: Thursday, July 19, 2001

Dan VanPool of VanPool Painting prepares to remove the Union 76 orange ball that has towered above the downtown gas station on Willoughby Ave. for nearly 30 years. Paul McCormack of Juneau bought the Downtown Union property from Tesoro and reopened the station today as Capital Service. Under terms of the deal, he must mail the orange ball to Union 76 or destroy the company's trademark sign and send a photo of it in pieces as proof. McCormack figures the plastic ball weighs about 300 pounds and would command a hefty postage bill, so he has elected to destroy it. The only question is how. "What ... should we do with it take it to the top of Main Street and roll it down?" McCormack joked. "It'll probably end up in the dump, but it will be in pieces." McCormack has rejected suggestions that he carve a face into the lighted ball and use it as a jack-o'-lantern.

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