Gedolim in their youth

This is excerpted from Dr. Yitzchok Levine’s site, http://personal.stevens.edu/~llevine/young_gedolim.html

Have you ever wondered what gedolim looked like in their youth? If so, then click on the links below. However, if you are convinced that they looked like yeshiva boys do today, you are in for a big surprise.

Dare one think that the preoccupation today with externalities is one of the things that is preventing us from producing Gedolim of the stature of those whose pictures are below?