By Larry LeMasters
Norman Rockwell, America’s most beloved 20th century illustrator, is famous for his depictions of daily life in small town America. The world he showed us is populated with friendly policemen, Boy Scouts, children, families, dogs, and smiles. Most of the smiles come from us — his fans. Asked why he painted what he did, Rockwell replied, “I’m not a historian. I just painted the things I saw around me.