Norman Rockwell’s Drinking Problem

Of all the things to learn about Norman Rockwell!

Rockwell was known as America’s sentimental grandfather, but I had read that he had a real thirst for liquor and a real hunger for women and that one of his sly business associates kept him knee-deep in both. When it was time for Rockwell to sign his limited editions, instead of signing two hundred copies, the associate would slip in at least another hundred Rockwell, who wasn’t numbering them and who was already two-thirds of the way through a bottle of bourbon, never suspected a thing. Now there was a plausible reason why supposedly limited editions always seemed to have additional copies in the wild.

Con/Artist: A Memoir, by Tony Tetro, p. 46

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