Designer Of Usas 50 Star Flag Dies

12.14.09 | FL News Team

The man who created the 50-star flag for the United States as a high school history class project in 1958 has died at the age of 67. The "Saginaw News" reports Bob Heft passed away Saturday at a hospital in Saginaw, Michigan. Heft said in 2007, when his flag became the longest-used flag in U.S. history, it took him nine hours to cut the 100 stars needed for each side of the banner. He did a 50-star flag because of speculation Alaska and Hawaii would soon become states. Heft spent his career as a professor at Northwest State Community College in Archbold, Ohio, before retiring to his native Michigan. No cause of death for Heft has been announced.