Goodyear Announces Ten Finalists in Nationwide Contest to Name its Newest Blimp

More than 21,000 names were considered ... Nationwide vote now underway



May 07, 2006, 01:00 ET from The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company

    AKRON, Ohio, May 7 /PRNewswire/ -- The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
 today announced its selection of ten finalists in the "Name The Blimp"
 contest. Last month, the tire manufacturer asked America to suggest a name
 for its newest airship, and more than 21,000 unique names were submitted.
 The contest, which offers consumers a chance to win the use of the Goodyear
 blimp for a day, averaged 1,064 unique names every day and created a
 groundswell of participation from around the country.
     (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20060410/CLM026 )
     (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20050204/GTLOGO )
     "We were thrilled by the tremendous response both in quantity and
 quality of the submissions," said Chuck Sinclair, senior vice president of
 global communications for Goodyear. "There were several emerging themes
 that illustrate the passion that the American public has for our iconic
 airships."
     According to Sinclair, the judges received such a wide variety of
 creative, funny and touching name submissions that it was a challenge to
 narrow it down to only ten names. "America has given us its nominations.
 Now it's time to vote," he added.
     A panel of expert judges selected ten finalist names based on their
 ability to reflect the storied history of the Goodyear airship, its long
 tradition of public service, the grace and majesty of air flight, and
 Goodyear's history of innovation and progress.  The ten names are, in
 alphabetical order:
 
        1.  American Dream           6.  Pride of America
        2.  Freedom                  7.  Spirit of Endurance
        3.  Liberty                  8.  Spirit of Ingenuity
        4.  Patriot                  9.  Spirit of Innovation
        5.  Patriot of Peace        10.  The Spirit of Peace
     This list has been posted on the official contest website
 www.nametheblimp.com, which will serve as the site for public voting. One
 vote per valid email address is permitted. Voting will take place until
 11:59 pm, May 31, 2006. Complete contest rules can be found on the website.
     Potential names were received from each of the eligible 48 States and
 the District of Columbia. Ohio, the birthplace of the new blimp and home to
 Goodyear's airship operations, submitted the most names with 6,868.
 California followed with 3,493 and Florida with 1,804.
     This contest marks the first time in the 81-year history of Goodyear's
 airship program that the public has been given a chance to select the name
 of one of its iconic blimps. The winning name will be announced in mid-June
 during a gala christening ceremony at Goodyear's airship base near Akron.
 The person submitting the winning name will be awarded the Grand Prize: use
 of the Goodyear blimp for a day. Those submitting the other nine finalist
 names each receive a new set of Goodyear tires.
     Goodyear's blimp program began in 1925, when the Company built its
 first helium-filled public relations airship, the Pilgrim. In 1928,
 then-Chairman P.W. Litchfield began the tradition of naming its North
 American-based blimps after winners of the America's Cup yacht race. The
 tradition continued over most of the program's 80-year history, with just a
 few exceptions. A list of winners from past America's Cup races whose names
 Goodyear selected for its airship fleet includes: Stars & Stripes,
 Columbia, Ranger, Rainbow, Enterprise, Resolute, Reliance, Defender,
 Vigilant, Volunteer, Mayflower, Puritan, and America. Within the past 40
 years, Goodyear has selected other non-Cup winner names to grace the sides
 of its blimps. Those names included Europa, Spirit of Akron, Spirit of
 Goodyear and Eagle.
     Contest Details
     The list of ten finalist names was posted on the official
 www.nametheblimp.com contest web site at 12:01 am ET on May 7th, 2006,
 officially kicking off the public, online voting period to help select the
 final winning name for the blimp. The online voting period ends promptly at
 11:59 p.m. ET on May 31, 2006. The name with the highest score from this
 popular voting combined with the votes of a panel of Goodyear
 representatives, will determine the winning name. For complete details and
 official rules, go to www.nametheblimp.com.
     About The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
     Goodyear is the world's largest tire company. The company manufactures
 tires, engineered rubber products and chemicals in more than 90 facilities
 in 28 countries around the world. Goodyear employs about 80,000 people
 worldwide. For more information on Goodyear's tires, go to
 www.goodyeartires.com.
 
 

SOURCE The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
    AKRON, Ohio, May 7 /PRNewswire/ -- The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
 today announced its selection of ten finalists in the "Name The Blimp"
 contest. Last month, the tire manufacturer asked America to suggest a name
 for its newest airship, and more than 21,000 unique names were submitted.
 The contest, which offers consumers a chance to win the use of the Goodyear
 blimp for a day, averaged 1,064 unique names every day and created a
 groundswell of participation from around the country.
     (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20060410/CLM026 )
     (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20050204/GTLOGO )
     "We were thrilled by the tremendous response both in quantity and
 quality of the submissions," said Chuck Sinclair, senior vice president of
 global communications for Goodyear. "There were several emerging themes
 that illustrate the passion that the American public has for our iconic
 airships."
     According to Sinclair, the judges received such a wide variety of
 creative, funny and touching name submissions that it was a challenge to
 narrow it down to only ten names. "America has given us its nominations.
 Now it's time to vote," he added.
     A panel of expert judges selected ten finalist names based on their
 ability to reflect the storied history of the Goodyear airship, its long
 tradition of public service, the grace and majesty of air flight, and
 Goodyear's history of innovation and progress.  The ten names are, in
 alphabetical order:
 
        1.  American Dream           6.  Pride of America
        2.  Freedom                  7.  Spirit of Endurance
        3.  Liberty                  8.  Spirit of Ingenuity
        4.  Patriot                  9.  Spirit of Innovation
        5.  Patriot of Peace        10.  The Spirit of Peace
     This list has been posted on the official contest website
 www.nametheblimp.com, which will serve as the site for public voting. One
 vote per valid email address is permitted. Voting will take place until
 11:59 pm, May 31, 2006. Complete contest rules can be found on the website.
     Potential names were received from each of the eligible 48 States and
 the District of Columbia. Ohio, the birthplace of the new blimp and home to
 Goodyear's airship operations, submitted the most names with 6,868.
 California followed with 3,493 and Florida with 1,804.
     This contest marks the first time in the 81-year history of Goodyear's
 airship program that the public has been given a chance to select the name
 of one of its iconic blimps. The winning name will be announced in mid-June
 during a gala christening ceremony at Goodyear's airship base near Akron.
 The person submitting the winning name will be awarded the Grand Prize: use
 of the Goodyear blimp for a day. Those submitting the other nine finalist
 names each receive a new set of Goodyear tires.
     Goodyear's blimp program began in 1925, when the Company built its
 first helium-filled public relations airship, the Pilgrim. In 1928,
 then-Chairman P.W. Litchfield began the tradition of naming its North
 American-based blimps after winners of the America's Cup yacht race. The
 tradition continued over most of the program's 80-year history, with just a
 few exceptions. A list of winners from past America's Cup races whose names
 Goodyear selected for its airship fleet includes: Stars & Stripes,
 Columbia, Ranger, Rainbow, Enterprise, Resolute, Reliance, Defender,
 Vigilant, Volunteer, Mayflower, Puritan, and America. Within the past 40
 years, Goodyear has selected other non-Cup winner names to grace the sides
 of its blimps. Those names included Europa, Spirit of Akron, Spirit of
 Goodyear and Eagle.
     Contest Details
     The list of ten finalist names was posted on the official
 www.nametheblimp.com contest web site at 12:01 am ET on May 7th, 2006,
 officially kicking off the public, online voting period to help select the
 final winning name for the blimp. The online voting period ends promptly at
 11:59 p.m. ET on May 31, 2006. The name with the highest score from this
 popular voting combined with the votes of a panel of Goodyear
 representatives, will determine the winning name. For complete details and
 official rules, go to www.nametheblimp.com.
     About The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
     Goodyear is the world's largest tire company. The company manufactures
 tires, engineered rubber products and chemicals in more than 90 facilities
 in 28 countries around the world. Goodyear employs about 80,000 people
 worldwide. For more information on Goodyear's tires, go to
 www.goodyeartires.com.
 
 SOURCE The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company