Originally created 05/28/98

Moon walk, Super Bowl leading sixties stamp categories



WASHINGTON -- With just a few days left to vote, the Moon walk and the start of the Super Bowl are the leading candidates for stamps celebrating the 1960s.

The U.S. Postal Service plans to issue 15 stamps commemorating that decade in its Celebrate the Century series. Voting on stamp topics is open until May 30.

It's the second set of commemoratives open for voting. Later, Americans will be asked to select stamps of the 1970s, '80s and '90s.

The current front-runner among the 1960s stamp topics is "Man Walks on Moon," the Postal Service reported Wednesday.

The beginning of the Super Bowl was in second place, followed by the Peace Symbol, the Beatles and the Ford Mustang.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech was in sixth place in the voting, with the Vietnam War next followed by the Green Bay Packers football team, Roger Maris breaking the home run record and the development of the computer chip in tenth place.

Rounding out the 15 leading vote-getters as of May 20 were the Woodstock music festival, development of lasers, the "Star Trek" television show, increased environmental awareness and the Motown sound.

However, other subjects could replace some of these on the final list, depending on voting in the last few days.

Ballots are cast in five subject areas: people and events; science and technology; arts and entertainment; sports, and lifestyle.

Ballots are available at post offices across the country or can be cast via the Internet at http://www.stampvote.msn.com.

The stamps commemorating the 1960s will be released in June, 1999.

This week the post office is issuing commemorative stamps recalling the 1920s. Those topics, like all the sets for the first half of the century, were selected by postal officials.

The 1920s subjects are baseball star Babe Ruth, the novel "The Great Gatsby," enforcement of Prohibition, electric toy trains, the 19th amendment guaranteeing women's right to vote, etiquette arbiter Emily Post, anthropologist Margaret Mead, and flappers do the Charleston.

Others are radio entertains America, Art Deco style, jazz flourishes, Notre Dame's "four horsemen" football backfield, Charles Lindbergh flies across the Atlantic, American Realism in art and the 1929 stock market crash.