The back page story! Even the Time and Newsweek magazines have excellent articles right before most people put the magazine to rest. As I choose to read that article first, I never miss that last article. Maybe the expression" save the best to last" fits here.
I would be curious to find out when magazines started this back page story tradition. I guess that I should know, since that has been my beginning point for many years.
Most magazines that I read round out the issue with a personal interview or interesting facts about a person, place, or thing. For the normal magaine reader who reads from front to back, I think the back page story just leaves you with a good feeling and desire to see the next issue. For me, the BPS ( back page story) just whets my appetite for what is within the magazine.
It is like eating your dessert first! So don't skip dessert. Check out the BPS!