Petition: Keep the P-I globe in Seattle

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SEATTLE -- Many realize they can't do anything to save the jobs that will soon be lost at the Seattle P-I. But when it comes to saving the P-I globe, people are sounding off.

Robert Raketty, the man behind SeattleBlogger.com, has a soft spot for that big spinning orb along the waterfront.

"Its significance is far more important than the 146-year history that it represents," he said. "It's part of local history. We have made it a part of our family, and I would hate to see it leave or, worst yet, end up in a scrap yard somewhere."

On his site, Raketty launched a petition drive to keep the P-I in Seattle. And people are responding.

The P-I's owner, Hearst Corp, will ultimately decide what happens to the iconic fixture. Earlier this week, the company debunked a bogus Craigslist ad, offering to sell it for $5,000.

"People are having a hard time thinking of Seattle without the globe," said Leonard Garfield, executive director of the Museum of History and Industry.

Garfield says globe would be a great addition to its collection of historic Seattle pieces, including the Rainier "R."

"I think there are few symbols of Seattle that are more energetic and exciting than the globe," he said.

The museum is scheduled to move into its new space on South Lake Union in the next few years.

"It really is a community effort. We could not do it ourselves. We need lots of support, so we'll be listening carefully to what the community has to say about the future of he globe," said Garfield.

Some have speculated that the globe may move down the street to the Olympic Sculpture Park, but the Seattle Art Museum says that probably won't happen.

With history to be preserved, Raketty keeps fighting.

"I feel that as things are going, we're going to have hundreds, if not thousands of signatures, hopefully, when the time comes to present it to the Hearst Corporation."

It's possible that the globe could stay right where it is, even with the paper's print edition shutting down. To sign the petition, click here.