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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Richard J. Heath  

Pen Name: None


Born: 1931 Robinson, Illinois

-- Richard J. Heath on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Mr. Heath was born in Robinson, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Richard "Dick" Heath, grandson of the Heath Candy Company patriarch, L.S. Heath, was born in 1931 in Robinson, Illinois, where his father and uncle developed the Heath English Toffee Bar. Dick was elected to the company Board of Directors at the age of 20, after his father's sudden death. He finished college at the University of Illinois and served in the U.S. Army before returning to the company where he served in a number of capacities and sold the initial licenses that franchised the Heath Ice Cream Bar. After leaving the company in 1969 during a family struggle for control of the company, Dick promoted Professional Golf Association (PGA) tournaments and had been involved in numerous business ventures.

Published Works

  • Bittersweet: The Story of the Heath Candy Co. , Tales Press, 1995 - written with Ray Elliott
  • Here's To You Robinson, The Pros Loved You: The Story Of The Cinerella Tournaments Of The PGA Tour, RJ Heath, 2000 - written with Michelle Chester-Robinson
  • Oak Meadow and its Presence: A story about the unique creation of a country club/real estate development in Evansville, Indiana, RJ Heath, 2002 - written with Michelle Chester-Robinson

Selected Titles At Your Library

Bittersweet :
ISBN: 0964142317. OCLC Number:

New Authors Publications,. West Frankfort, Ill. :. 1995.

Speaking Engagements

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