Bob Dietz

The company known as R.H. Dietz and Sons, Inc. was established in 1967 in Chicago, Illinois. Bob Dietz was known as the "Watermelon King of Chicago," largely for his promotions, exuberance and passion for watermelon. He displayed his generosity to the association by being the Auction Watermelon King Buyer in 1976, 1977, and 1984.

Bob proudly and deservedly held the world record for watermelon large seed spitting at 66 feet and 3 inches for many years! He served for 24 years on the Executive Committee and Council of the National Watermelon Association.