Laura Berry recalls the big ceremony in January 1969, when the new official flag of Orange County was officially adopted — a flag that she designed.
"They called me the Betsy Ross of Orange County," she said.
It was all part of a countywide high school art competition to find the next flag, and Berry (whose maiden name was Shernaman) submitted the entry that was chosen by the judges as the winner.
"The ceremony took place at the opening of the new Orange County Courthouse and it was, as I remember, a pretty big deal," she said. "I still have the framed plaque they gave me."
Then a junior at Fountain Valley High School, Berry still sees the flag on television occasionally from her home in the Northern California town of Willits.
"Sometimes when there's a court case on, I can see the flag behind the judge," she said.
Chris Jepsen, assistant archivist at the Orange County Archives, said that although Berry's design seems to get altered from time to time over the years, her basic concept featuring a "saw blade" sun surrounding the official county seal has remained more or less intact.