On the newest Reader’s Digest cover, a bittersweet Utah story

Robin Phillips poses for a portrait on Thursday at his home in Bountiful, with a copy of ’s Digest that features his photograph on the cover. Robin Phillips has wanted to be like his grandfather, Alton Morton. When describing the man, Phillips pauses, trying to find the right descriptor. He settles on the word “adventurer.” Morton was one of the original river runners on the Colorado River. In the 1940s, he built a special boat for those runs that included housing for a movie camera, which he through the 1960s. “So he mounted a 16 millimeter movie camera in the front of the boat, and would run the rivers on these expeditions. And then show the movies — you know, cut it a movie and show it,” said Phillips, a longtime Bountiful . “So I always wanted to be like him, and it’s only been just recently that I’ve finally been able to afford a camera good enough to even try it.” Phillips doesn’t make movies, but he does take photographs. One of those photos graces the newest cover of Reader’s Digest, which hit newsstands past Tuesday. In the magazine’s years of […]

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