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Robert G. Heft
Robert G. "Bob" Heft (January 19, 1941 – December 12, 2009) was the designer of the current United States 50-star flag. He has also designed a 51-star flag that would be used if a new state joins the United States. He was born in Saginaw, Michigan.
Heft designed the current United States flag as a school project in Lancaster, Ohio when he was 17 years old. He got a B- for his project by his teacher, Stanley Pratt. After talking about the project, he made an agreement with his teacher that if the flag was made as the official flag by the United States Congress, he would get a better grade for the project. Heft's design was chosen out of more than 1,500 designs that were given to United States President Dwight D. Eisenhower, and his teacher changed his grade to an A.
- Social Security Death Index
- Rasmussen, Frederick N. "A half-century ago, new 50-star American flag debuted in Baltimore," The Baltimore Sun, Saturday, July 3, 2010.
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- The Saginaw News: Hats off to Saginaw flag deisgner who gave America 50 stars.
- Designer of America's current flag, by Jim Sielicki (UPI), The Exchange, July–August 1988.
- Who Created the First US Flag of 50 Stars?
- Story Corps oral history of the creation of the 50 star flag in the words of Robert G. Heft.