He chronicled the history of the Green Bay Packers with his camera lens from the leather helmet days of Curly Lambeau through the Super Bowl victories. Vern Biever, the official photographer of the Green Bay Packers for more than 50 years, died at his Port Washington home Wednesday at the age of 87. As an 18 year college student at St. Norbert College, Biever delivered snapshots of the Packers by train to the Milwaukee Sentinel in 1941. After a tour of duty in World War II, Biever brashly walked into the Packer offices in 1946 and asked if he could become the official team photographer. Curley Lambeau said sure and a remarkable marriage began. Biever kept snapping away, freezing his fingers loading brittle film during the ice bowl, to the digital age of a new century. He was one of the first men I might when I began on the Packer beat in 1980. His sharp wit was never the equal to his sharper eye and the images he preserved are absolute works of art. Biever was inducted in the Packers Hall of Fame in 2002, presented by Bart Starr who said at the time there wouldn't be a Packers hall if it weren't for Vern. He passed on his talents and passion to his sons John, a celebrated photographer at Sports Illustrated, and to Jim, who has carried on the mantle as team photographer. Vern was a classic and will be missed, but thankfully, his work will be impressively gazed upon forever.
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