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Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. received nearly 4,000 suggestions for its new blimp the first day of its "Name the Blimp" contest.

Goodyear has invited the public to submit names via its www.nametheblimp.com Web site. The contest ends April 30, 2006, and a winner will be announced in June.

The person who submits the winning name will get to use the blimp for an entire day, say Goodyear officials.

"We anticipated a very strong response, but this is beyond all expectations," says Chuck Sinclair, Goodyear’s senior vice president of global communications.

"I thought we’d probably get between 1,500 and 2,000 different names, so this is already far beyond what we had hoped for."

Goodyear's new blimp was unveiled this past Monday.

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