Union 76 started the antenna ball craze way back in 1967. These antenna balls were given out in the millions back then and were very popular back in the day in the greater Los Angeles area. I had one of these antenna balls, and didn’t even own a car and was way too young to even drive one!
A bit of trivia regarding the “76″ in Union 76, it stood for the octane rating of the gasoline in 1932. It also referred to the American Spirit of 76 (see Wikipedia link below).
Another side note: Conoco Phillips which owns the 76 brand dresses up one of their huge storage tanks as a giant pumpkin every Halloween. It can be seen off in the distance from the 110 Harbor Freeway near the city of Wilmington, Ca. I believe they also give out treats too.
For some interesting facts about Union 76, visit this link at Wikipedia: