How old is Burt Aaronson, really?

I remember years ago, when the phrase “aging communist leader” was used all the time. Since communist leaders in China and the Soviet Union only left office when they died, there was a time in the 1960s and 1970s when the age of these nations’ leaders was a running political gag.

Here in Palm Beach County, County Commissioner Burt Aaronson has long since passed parody on the age issue. Aaronson, who has already held office for five four-year terms, wants to run for a sixth term if the courts strike down the term limits (background story here) approved in 2002 by an overwhelming majority of Palm Beach County voters.

Official documents list Aaronson’s age as 83. But recently, BPR was given some never-before-published photographs that force us to ask the question: How old is Burt Aaronson, really?

Graphic design work by: Lisa Mark at Printzilla.

Aaronson was for prohibition and helped dump beer in the street.


Years later when Aaronson realized how it easy it was to tax beer, he flip-flopped and marched against prohibition.  


Aaronson’s feud with Tax Collector Anne Gannon goes back to the time he first accused Gannon of being a witch.

Aaronson lost his way more than once as seen in this photo from World War II. Thinking he was going to a free black tie gala, he accidentally wandered over to the wrong side during the Japanese surrender.


Aaronson has always terrified taxpayers, and it was no different back during his “Shining” days.

Even during the filming of Gone with the Wind, Burt was lurking around the set trying to get free food.


Aaronson didn’t always oppose the Tea Party. He protested at the original tea party. But while others were protesting against taxes on tea, Aaronson was protesting a proposed tax of early bird specials.


There was a time when Aaronson actually worked for a living. Aaronson is shown here hawking newspapers and postcards during the Great Depression.


And finally, history buffs will tell you that it was a spark from Aaronson’s cheap newsstand cigar that caused the Hindenburg to explode. Oh the humanity!


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