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9 Photos Of Young Bernie Sanders That Will Blow Your Mind In The Most Delightful Way

I’ve led myself to believe that Bernie Sanders was probably born with a half head of lightning white hair and bifocals. He just sort of has that look to him. So imagine my surprise when I did some searching around and found photos of the Bern back in the day, when he had a full head of CURLS, though it seems like he really may have been born wearing glasses. What’s totally weird is that in vintage photos, Bernie Sanders somehow looks exactly the same as he does right now, but also completely different. It takes a second to recognize him, but when you do it’s like, “Oh my gosh! It’s Bernie Sanders!” Old pictures of Bernie Sanders show a side of him we recognize, and another side that shows him as a spry young student, new politician, and curly-haired cutie.

I was able to find photos of a young Sanders across three decades, and I have to say that the man was a bit foxy when we hit the late ’60s and ’70s. That is, if you’re into the whole, curly hair, smart, wants-to-change-the-world type. Then, all of a sudden we hit the 1990s, and Sanders looks like the man we see raising his arms and voice at the Democratic presidential debates. The evolution of Sanders’ hair alone is wonderful to behold, and it was also awesome to discover that he easily could have passed for Ira Glass’ twin back in the day.

Here’s a look at Sen. Sanders through the years — from sit-ins to mayoral photo shoots, young Bernie did it all.

Portrait Of A (Very) Young Sanders

Here are some shots of Bernie in the 1960s, when he would have been in his 20s. The first photo is of Sanders speaking to a group of students at the University of Chicago during a sit-in to protest segregation at the school.

He’s so young! The short hair! And lots of sweaters, of course.

Let’s Talk About Curls

And here we have Ira Glass’ long lost twin!

Is anyone else attracted to these photos…?

A Little Older, But Raring To Go

Here we have some pics of Sanders as he begins to age (bye-bye to the front half of the curls), but he’s still looking very energized and ready to change American politics.

He looks so down to business in that photo with the phone.

A Bit Closer To The Present Day

This is Sanders back in 1991.

The glasses/ tweed/ comb-forward combination really makes this one.

Sanders as a young man is exactly what we’d hope for, and also probably beyond what we could imagine (I was unable to picture the man with a full head of hair before I saw it in black and white). It’s also a fun peek into his journey as a politician. Looking at the photos of Sanders at the University of Chicago protest in the ’60s, I wonder if he ever thought he’d be running a presidential campaign.

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A viral hoax claims that Sen. Bernie Sanders was arrested in 1963 for “throwing eggs” at black civil rights protesters. He was arrested while protesting on behalf of civil rights.

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A black-and-white photograph from 1963 shows a young Bernie Sanders being arrested by Chicago police officers. Wearing thick frame glasses and hunching over in apparent resistance, the future senator appears to be escorted away from a throng of people by two officers.

That photo emerged in 2016, when the Chicago Tribune located a negative of the picture in its archives and Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign positively identified the individual as the Vermont senator, who graduated from the University of Chicago in 1964.

In the days since Sanders announced another run for the presidency, however, viral Facebook posts have shared the photo with a false narrative about the circumstances surrounding the arrest.

“In 1963 Bernie Sanders was arrested for throwing eggs at black civil rights protestors,” the posts read. “This is the side of Bernie Sanders that CNN and the Fake News Media don’t want you to know.”

That’s not what happened.

When the Tribune reported on the photo in 2016, it also cross-referenced the known details about the photo (when and where it was shot) with a January 1964 article that reported on the dispositions of 159 people “arrested during demonstrations at four locations during which they protested alleged segregation in the city’s public schools.”

That article identified a “Bernard Sanders, 21” who was “arrested Aug. 12 at 74th and Lowe and charged with resisting arrest.” He was found guilty and fined $25. In other words, Sanders was not arrested for harassing the demonstrators, as the Facebook posts claim. He was one of the civil rights demonstrators.

At the university, Sanders for a time led the campus chapter of Congress of Racial Equality, or CORE. Under Sanders, according to the campus newspaper the Chicago Maroon, the organization participated in a nationwide protest of Howard Johnson restaurants for its “refusal to adopt a non-discriminatory policy in the south.”

The arrest photo’s emergence was welcomed by Sanders’ 2016 campaign. Some had previously questioned whether another picture, from a 1962 sit-in over discrimination in the university’s housing policies, was actually of him — or of another student. But the photographer Danny Lyon, who took that photo and others of Sanders, confirmed it was the senator.

Sanders’ college activism is something he still cites today. In a recent tweet promoting a rally in Chicago, he wrote, “My time at the University of Chicago, at the height of the Civil Rights Movement, changed my life and helped shape me into the person I am today.”

Editor’s note: is one of several organizations working with Facebook to debunk misinformation shared on the social media network.


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Skiba, Katherine. “Arrest photo of young activist Bernie Sanders emerges from Tribune archives.” Chicago Tribune. 22 Feb 2016.

Bernie Sanders’ Political Career — Captured By The Photographer Who May Know Him Best

Bailey/Howe Library/University of Vermont

Say what you will about Bernie Sanders (and people have said a lot), the man is consistent.

The Senator from Vermont’s stance on an array of issues — and emphasis on using a grassroots base to achieve them — have remained remarkably unchanged for decades. Even his look — skinny and spectacled with hair that’s apparently never been paid a moment’s thought — is endearingly familiar.

Though the 75-year-old Independent only really sprung onto the national radar after his 2010 filibuster against an extension of George W. Bush-era tax cuts favoring the wealthy, and then even more so after his record-breaking 2016 presidential run, he’s been at this civil service thing for a long while.

And we have the pictures to prove it.

Rob Swanson, a former photographer for the Vermont Vanguard Press, Burlington Free Press, and others, might know Sanders as well as any other journalist in the country.

As early as Sanders’ 1980 mayoral run — when he shocked the establishment by beating the incumbent Democratic mayor of Burlington by a margin of just ten votes — Swanson was on his tail.

Now retired from journalism, Swanson is allowed to share his bias.

“Myself and many Vermonters really found in Bernie a genuine person,” Swanson told ATI. “He walked the walk and talked the talk. He just speaks his mind and always has.”

Swanson, who himself can slip easily into an imitation of Sanders’ heavy Brooklyn accent, describes Sanders as relaxed and down to earth.

As a mayor, then as a congressman, and finally as a senator, he took pains to directly return citizens’ calls and lived in a modest suburban home.

He even does his own laundry, which the public learned during a 2016 interview. As Sanders was talking to the reporter, a buzz could be heard from the basement.

“That’s my cue!” Sanders said, jumping up to switch loads.

With any other candidate, people might have been quick to decry the chore as a political stunt. But even if they had, Sanders probably couldn’t have cared less.

“He worried about things that were more solid than his appearance,” Swanson said. “Which is refreshing when politicians get more coiffed and tanned every day.”

During one particularly long meeting, Swanson remembers Mayor Sanders climbing up on the stage and lying down. He was still listening and still responding. But just in a chill Bernie way.

To Swanson, the gesture exuded comfort and authenticity.

Given Sanders’ low-key aura, the 2016 presidential election was particularly hard to watch for Vermonters – as many of them thought that their beloved candidate (who has ranked first for two consecutive years as the most popular representative with his constituents) wasn’t being given the coverage he deserved.

While not exactly making up for this perceived unfairness, Swanson’s photographs offer coverage that spans the entirety of Sanders’ political career — and gets to dimensions of the man’s character that may elude the debate stage.

Just as importantly, a quick flip through these photos offers a sharp reminder that the days of small-town photojournalism careers are almost gone.

That’s a shame, Swanson says. Photojournalists are given less time to familiarize themselves with each subject.

“The more you know about something the better pictures you’re gonna take,” he said. Like, for example, with Sanders. “He knew me and relaxed around me.”

Even with the most familiar photographers, though, Sanders never grew comfortable in the spotlight.

Swanson remembered following Sanders one day to get some shots for a national news wire.

“Rob, why are you taking so many pictures?” the flustered senator asked.

“Cause you’re news Bernie,” Swanson replied, bemused at the fact that he still hadn’t seemed to realize this.

“Oh, ok,” came the familiar reply.

Here are some of Rob’s Bernie Sanders’ photos along with other gems from the senator’s career:

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1 of 14 As a young activist at the University of Chicago, Sanders worked for racial equality.YouTube 2 of 14 An activist, who Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders says is him (which was disputed), speaks to students on the first day of a sit-in at the University of Chicago in 1962.University of Chicago Photographic Archive, Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library 3 of 14 4 of 14 “Shortly after Bernie Sanders was elected mayor of Burlington in the early 1980s a distraught and upset gentleman who was quite inebriated barged into the weekly Alderman’s Meeting. The mayor, rather than calling the cops, talked to him quietly, got him to stop yelling and calmed him down. It was impressive the way Sanders dealt with an unruly, disruptive and confused citizen with compassion and understanding and just gently defused a bad situation.”Rob Swanson 5 of 14 “Mayor Bernie Sanders and a hot air balloon share similar smiles at the grand opening celebration of the brand new Church Street Marketplace in October 1981. Note the Old Courthouse still standing to the left of the balloon. It was destroyed in a spectacular fire the following year.”Rob Swanson 6 of 14 “After four terms as mayor of Burlington, Bernie Sanders chose not to run for reelection in 1989,” Swanson said.

“I shot this portrait of Bernie for Newsweek magazine when he was running for the House in 1990. I took him up to the roof of the old Hotel Vermont building so Burlington City Hall-where he began his political career-would be visible…Wish I’d noticed the bird guano on the ledge so I could have cleaned it up before the shoot. It was windy and cold and Sanders wasn’t into the shoot at all, but he was a good sport and I worked fast. Note the Peter Clavelle for Mayor button.”Rob Swanson 7 of 14 8 of 14 “Way back in March 1982 Mayor Sanders celebrated another victory when supporters known as Sanderistas won seats on the Aldermanic Board in Burlington, Vt. after the Board had been under firm Democratic control for 30 years.”Rob Swanson 9 of 14 “Bernie Sanders with Willie Nelson in Essex Jct., Vt at a FarmAid style concert to benefit Vermont farmers. Photo was taken in the early 1990s(?). The gent in the middle is VT farmer Jack Starr.”Rob Swanson 10 of 14 “Here Bernie campaigns on Church Street hours before winning the race for Burlington Mayor for the first time in March 1981. He beat incumbent Gordon Paquette by 10 votes later that day and Bernie’s political career was underway. I like the kids hand on his friends shoulder.”Rob Swanson 11 of 14 “This photo of Burlington mayor Bernie Sanders’ frustration with the city Aldermen in the early 1980s carries over with his efforts to change the way we look at how we govern ourselves and how government works as he shakes up the dialogue in his run for President in 2016.”Rob Swanson 12 of 14 “Bernie Sanders’ long political career in Vermont might have never taken off if he hadn’t won a razor-thin victory over Gordon Paquette in the race for Burlington mayor in 1981.”Rob Swanson 13 of 14 Bernie helps plant trees on Monroe Street as a first-term mayor of Burlington, 1982.Rob Swanson 14 of 14

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Ariana Grande shares backstage pictures with ‘my guy’ Bernie Sanders: ‘We adore you!’

Ariana Grande is showing off “MY GUY” – Sen. Bernie Sanders.

The Democratic presidential candidate, 78, attended the pop star’s Atlanta concert Tuesday night, where the two posed for pictures and shared a hug backstage.

“Thank you Senator Sanders for coming to my show, making my whole night and for all that you stand for,” Grande, 26, captioned several Instagram photos of herself and Sanders grinning ear to ear. “I will never smile this hard again.”

The “Thank U, Next” singer has partnered with the nonprofit organization HeadCount to help her concertgoers register to vote at every stop of her Sweetener World Tour, which wraps up in late December. The outreach program is called “#thankunextgen.”

“@Headcountorg and i are doing our best to make you proud,” Grande added. “We’ve already registered 20k+ young voters at my shows and more online and we aren’t stopping any time soon. proud of my fans for paying attention and getting involved. we adore you!”

More: Ariana Grande cancels tour stop because she’s ‘very sick’

The feeling is mutual.

Sanders took to Twitter to document their meet-and-greet with a sweet message for the singer: “I want to thank @ArianaGrande for not only being a wonderful entertainer, but also for being such an outstanding advocate for social justice. We must all be prepared – like Ariana has shown – to fight for everyone who is struggling. It was great to meet her in Atlanta last night.”

More: Cardi B’s latest video collaborator? It’s Bernie Sanders

Ahead of her Atlanta show, Grande was forced to cancel a tour stop in Kentucky over the weekend because she was “very sick” with a sinus infection. But it appears Sanders’ visit was just what the pop star needed to feel better.

“Thank u for acknowledging this music my beautiful best friends and i created in just a few weeks together,” she wrote on Instagram. “The acknowledgement is truly more than enough on its own for me and my heart. thank u.”

‘My heart feels good’:Ariana Grande celebrates ‘Thank U, Next’ anniversary

A fake post on Facebook took an actual photograph of Sen. Bernie Sanders in the 1960s and invented a story about what the image showed to make it appear that he was racist.

The black and white image shows a man being apprehended by two police officers.

“In 1963 Bernie Sanders was arrested for throwing eggs at black civil rights protestors. This is the side of Bernie that CNN and the fake news media don’t want you to know,” stated a Facebook post by Republican Revival, a group that aims to “help Americans see through the Progressive Liberal bias.”

Sanders, who recently announced he is running for president again, has faced questions about whether he can appeal to black voters more than he did in 2016. This time, the Vermont senator faces a more diverse Democratic primary field.

The post, published on Facebook on Feb. 20, was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Facebook.)

The photo is real, but the message about what Sanders was doing in the photo is made up. He was not throwing eggs at protesters — he was one of the protesters against school segregation.

The Chicago Tribune wrote a story in February 2016 about the photo after the newspaper found it in their archives. The Tribune confirmed with Sanders’ campaign that it was him.

The Tribune wrote that Sanders, who at the time was a 21-year-old student at the University of Chicago, was arrested in August 1963 at a South Side protest over segregation. Sanders was charged with resisting arrest, found guilty and fined $25.

The protests that led to the arrest were over mobile classrooms dubbed “Willis Wagons,” named for then-Chicago Schools Superintendent Benjamin Willis.

“Critics charged that the trailers kept black children in the area instead of sending them to white schools,” the Tribune wrote.

A January 1964 Tribune story on the court cases of those who had been arrested in August identified a Bernard Sanders.

“Bernie identified it himself,” Tad Devine, a senior adviser to the campaign, told the Tribune in 2016. “He looked at it — he actually has his student ID from the University of Chicago in his wallet — and he said, ‘Yes, that indeed is (me).’ “

We sent a message to Republican Rival on Facebook to ask if it had any evidence but did not get a reply.

The post said that “in 1963 Bernie Sanders was arrested for throwing eggs at black civil rights protestors.” The photo was Sanders being arrested, as the Chicago Tribune confirmed. However, Sanders was protesting in favor of civil rights. There is no evidence that Sanders threw eggs at protesters.

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