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Texaco Press Release - Texaco Announces the Arrival of Plush Toy Animals in Celebration

FOR RELEASE: TUESDAY, AUGUST 29, 2000

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Aug. 29 - In celebration of the U.S. Olympic Team's quest for Gold in Sydney, Texaco today announced the arrival of the Texaco Inside-Outback U.S. Olympic Animals. These toy animals are available at participating Texaco stations nationwide, from August 28th through October 1st.

Each soft toy represents an indigenous animal from Down Under that morphs into sports equipment and back again. "Aussie Koala" turns inside out into a soccer ball, "Skip Kangaroo" becomes a basketball, "Toots Cockatoo" transforms into a volleyball, and "Razma Tazamanian Devil" turns into a baseball. Collect all four!

With a minimum $10.00 Texaco product purchase, customers can buy the Texaco Inside-Outback U.S. Olympic Animals for only $5.99 each, or $4.99 if they pay with their Visa card. Partial proceeds will go to the United States Olympic Committee in support of the U.S. Olympic Team.

"Texaco is a proud sponsor of the 2000 U.S. Olympic Team and we are delighted to be offering this promotion at Texaco stations to celebrate the first U.S. Olympic Team of the new millennium," said Barry E. Coleman, Texaco's Manager of Corporate Merchandise and Trademark Licensing. "We want Texaco customers and their children to share our enthusiasm, and the Texaco Inside-Outback U.S. Olympic Animals promotion is one way to build excitement for the coming Games."

National advertising and point-of sale materials will support the Texaco Inside-Outback U.S. Olympic Animals promotion.

USAID, the United States Government agency charged with administering overseas programs of development assistance, has provided development and humanitarian assistance to the Republic of Angola ("Angola") since 1989 valued at over $500 million. USAID's activities in Angola promote food self-sufficiency, improved health services and practices, democracy and good governance and reform of Angola's economic policy environment.

Texaco is an Official Sponsor of the 2000, 2002, and 2004 U.S. Olympic Team and the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in SLake City, Utah. In addition, Texaco is an Official Sponsor of 34 of the U.S. National Governing Bodies of Olympic Sport. These organizations govern and cultivate Olympic sports and select national teams to represent the United States in international competitions.

Updated: August 2000