DAVID GREENE, Host:
As we head into this Independence Day weekend, we'll hear how the U.S. got the current version of its flag. The tale comes from the StoryCorps project, where 67-year-old Bob Heft recorded an interview. Heft designed the 50-star flag when he was a high school junior. The only problem was, there were only 48 states at the time. But Heft had a hunch that two more states would be added soon.
BOB HEFT: I was really - I was upset. The teacher said, if you don't like the grade, get it accepted in Washington, then come back and see me. I might consider changing the grade.
GREENE: And so I have the grade book - it's encased in plastic that's kept in a bank. My teacher - and he said, I guess if it is good enough for Washington, it's good enough for me. I hereby change the grade to an A.
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GREENE: His interview will be archived with all of the others at the Library of Congress. You can get the podcast at NPR.org.
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