Ken Burns, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1967

Photo: Ann Arbor News, Ann Arbor District Library.

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In the fall of 1967, 14-year-old Ken Burns presented himself at the Ann Arbor News building on Huron Street to have his picture taken.

Young Ken was being published professionally for the first time, as guest columnist for the paper's "Youth Soapbox" department. The photograph was to accompany the story.

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At the time he was a student at Tappan Junior High, and his column examined the state of school spirit at that institution.

Later Burns attended Pioneer High, then left Ann Arbor to go to a small alternative liberal-arts college in Amherst, Massachussetts. From there he went on to become America's pre-eminent popular historian, winning multiple Emmy awards and two Oscar nominations for his immensely successful documentary films.

You might also like to read an interview in which Ken Burns revisits his youth in Ann Arbor during the 1960s.

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