A Little History Lesson on America's 242nd Birthday
As Alaska and Hawaii were becoming states, students at Lancaster High School in Ohio were given the assignment of designing a new 50 star American flag. Seventeen year-old Robert G. Heft received a B- for his efforts, but his teacher said he would re-consider the grade if Congress accepted his 'mediocre design'. In 1959 that's exactly what happened. Heft's design was selected as the 27th official iteration of the American Flag. His teacher promptly raised his grade to an A. Robert Heft's original, and personally hand-sewn flag, has flown over the White House, every State Capital, and eighty-eight Embassies. One of the numerous offers Heft received to sell it was for $350,000.