Please help Tyler Nordgren, long-time friend of the National Park Service (NPS) and promoter of astronomy and night sky interpretation throughout the Service. The artistry and popularity of Tyler’s night sky and eclipse artwork, inspired by WPA-era posters, has spawned a nuisance trademark lawsuit designed to intimidate the NPS from selling his artwork at bookstores and visitor centers throughout the system. At issue is the phrase, “Come for the sun, stay for the stars” which Tyler believed he ‘coined,’ The plaintiff, however, alleges trademark infringement, even though that trademark expired in 2014 due to inactivity and failure to file proper paperwork.
Though Tyler agreed to split all his proceeds with the plaintiff, specifically the NPS eclipse-viewing glasses, the individual refused his generous offer. As a result, Tyler was forced to retain the services of a successful but expensive trademark attorney and so he needs your help with his legal fees. Furthermore, there’s the potential of forced destruction of $20,000 worth of his beautiful eclipse memorabilia – available in dozens of parks – that, come Monday, should have been sold to astronomy buffs around the world to adorn their walls, rather than dumped in landfills.
A $50 commitment towards ‘fighting this good fight’ rewards you with an autographed copy of Tyler’s not-sold-in-stores ‘NPS Resistance’ poster. A $25 donation earns you a gift bag of less expensive memorabilia, currently considered by the NPS as ‘eclipse contraband.’ For $75, you can have both! No donation is too large. No donation is too small. Words of encouragement are also greatly appreciated.
Tyler regrets the commotion this has caused parks already stressed with eclipse preparation. The last thing he wants is a litigious shadow to eclipse this life-transformational event. Our main goal is to ease the apprehension Tyler currently feels for his reputation in the eyes of his beloved National Park Service and the rangers he’s long admired.
- Davd Ingram
- Gerard van Belle
- Mike and Kareen Tierney
- David Reed
- sue wilson
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