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Norman Perceval Rockwell (Feb. 3, 1894 – Nov. 8, 1978); 20th-century American author, painter and illustrator. His works enjoy a broad popular appeal in the United States for their reflection of American culture. Rockwell is most famous for the cover illustrations of everyday life he created for The Saturday Evening Post magazine over nearly 5 decades. Among the best-known of Rockwell's works are the Willie Gillis series, Rosie the Riveter, The Problem We All Live With, Saying Grace, and the Four Freedoms series. He also is noted for his 64-year relationship with the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), during which he produced covers for their publication Boys' Life, calendars, and other illustrations.
....During World War I, he tried to enlist into the US Navy but was refused entry because, at 140 pounds (64 kg), he was 8 pounds underweight for someone 6 feet (1.8 m) tall. To compensate, he spent one night gorging himself on bananas, liquids and doughnuts, and weighed enough to enlist the next day. He was given the role of a military artist, however, and did not see any action during his tour of duty.
...[In 1943] a fire in his studio destroyed numerous original paintings, costumes, and props. Because the period costumes and props were irreplaceable, the fire split his career into 2 phases, the second phase depicting modern characters and situations.
...In 1966, Rockwell was invited to Hollywood to paint portraits of the stars of the movie Stagecoach, and also found himself appearing as an extra in the film, playing a "mangy old gambler".
...Rockwell was a prolific artist, producing more than 4,000 original works in his lifetime.
...On an anniversary of Rockwell's birth, on Feb. 3, 2010, Google featured Rockwell's iconic image of young love, Boy and Girl Gazing at the Moon, also known as Puppy Love, on its home page. The response was so great that the Norman Rockwell museum's servers went down under the onslaught.