Plymouth-based Luna Tech Designs has established a unique virtual-world tribute to the late George “Sparky” Anderson, legendary manager of the Cincinnati Reds and the Detroit Tigers, and who led both to baseball’s World Series glory.

Sparky Anderson died Nov. 4 at his home in Thousand Oaks, Calif.  He was 76.

The tribute takes the form of a 60-foot-tall virtual billboard permanently located in the three-dimensional world of Google Earth.

“The messages on billboards traditionally come and go, so we thought it would be a more lasting tribute to honor our town’s favorite manager with this 3D Google Earth version,” said Luna Tech Designs president Douglas Willett.

The tribute can be easily located and seen in Google Earth at the I-75 and I-696 interchange.

Luna Tech Designs was founded in 2008 and is partnered with the Central Michigan University Research Corp., a designated Michigan SmartZone business incubator. Luna Tech provides businesses, communities, and other organizations an exciting 3D virtual globe platform, or LunaGlobe, to bring online searches into the next dimension, in a convenient, intuitive, and useful way.

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