in 1965 to replace the Citgo
services sign this 60' x 60' sign stands 40 feet above the Boston University bookstore
and supports over 2.5 miles of neon
tubing. It can be seen from the pitchers
mound in fenway park
and plans for the new fenway we designed to include a view of it.
At one point Citgo
tried to dismantle the sign but the supporters
of the pulsating beacon
wouldn't let them. "In the end, CITGO
, surprised by the uproar, reached an agreement with the landmark
commission and offered to refurbish the sign and relight it for three years." That was in 1983.
Many of us think of the sign as a symbol of home
. And when we get drunk
we use it to guide us there as we wobble from the clubs
on landsdowne st.