"Off-Cleaner" maker donates land for park

Friday, March 23, 2012

ST. LOUIS -- A St. Louis-area entrepreneur has left a big present for Missouri -- 843 acres of land that will become a new state park.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/GKv3nO ) reports that Don Robinson died Monday at the Pacific Care Center. He was 84 and suffered from congestive heart failure.

Robinson bought a formula for a spot remover, found a way to make it at little cost, and called it "Off-Cleaner." He marketed the product on late night television.

Robinson, a lifelong bachelor, started buying up remote land in Jefferson County in the 1960s. He donated the land to the state upon his death. It will become Don Robinson State Park.

Missouri state parks director Bill Bryan says the gift is among the largest in the 95-year history of the state parks.

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