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Datebook: October 4 – Rockwell Debuts Willie Gillis on Saturday Evening Post 70 Years Ago

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Willie Gillis is a fictional character created by Norman Rockwell for a series of World War II paintings that appeared on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post. A fictional private, he appeared on a total of eleven Post covers. Gillis was a fictional everyman whose career was tracked on the cover of the Post from induction through discharge without being depicted in battle. Although Gillis was not exclusively used on Post covers, the Willie Gillis series of covers was a hallmark of Rockwell’s wartime work.In Rockwell’s prime and at the peak of its popularity, The Post had a subscribership of 4 million, and many of these subscribers believed Gillis was a real person. Rockwell’s wartime art, including Willie Gillis, the Four Freedoms and Rosie the Riveter, contributed to the success of the wartime bond sales efforts.

Here’s Datebook for Tuesday, October 4

Murray State and The Center for Legal Studies offer a seven week online GRE Test Preparation Course beginning October 17. Register at The cost is $250 plus the text. The course focuses on test-taking techniques and all three sections of the GRE.

The Paducah Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness hosts a Walk for Wellness Saturday. Registration starts at 8 a.m. in Noble Park. There’s no set fee. The walk is two laps around the park or two miles long. NAMI Paducah offers weekly support groups for families and individuals living with mental illness and other programs offering help and hope.

There’s a Bull Blowout at the Cherry Agricultural Exposition Center at MSU Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $12 for adults for the barrel racing and bull riding shows starting at 8 p.m. Calf scrambling and mutton busting for children start at 7:30. Tickets are $5 for children 12 and under. features all our news stories on demand. Enjoy your day.


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