Readers of Cincy Business will recall the news (“Cincy’s Hottest Artistic Export,” April 2006) that Wyoming-based artist C.F. Payne was chosen as heir apparent — to Norman Rockwell, no less — to anchor the back cover of each and every issue of Reader’s Digest magazine.
After Payne’s thrilling run at illustrating classic Americana — often based on Cincinnati scenes — now comes word the deal is off. Future back covers will feature advertising.