'The Kissing Sailor' a new book just out claims forensic proof of the identities of the couple in the iconic end of World War II photo. However no one identified that other woman in the shot - my mother. (Look Closely). LOL
My mother and I had a great laugh that day in San Diego in 2009 when I made her pose to show just how big the statue version of 'The Kissing Sailor' was. It's bittersweet to look at that today as it was the last trip we took together before she passed away from cancer in 2010.
I bring it up today because FINALLY we know WHO was kissing WHO that fateful day in Times Square!
Alfred Eisenstaedt's "Kissing Sailor" photograph has become an icon of American culture, a celebration of the excitement at the end of World War II - yet the identities of the smooching couple have never been proven.
The new book, "The Kissing Sailor" by George Galdorisi and Lawrence Verria (Naval Institute Press, $23.95), published on May 15th claims it was George Mendonsa who randomly grabbed and kissed Greta Zimmer Friedman in Times Square on August 14th, 1945 (VJ Day). They're both now 89. Mendonsa lives in Rhode Island, and Friedman lives in Maryland.
10news.com quotes co-author Galdorisi as saying: "We've proven this basically three different ways -- through forensic analysis, through photographic interpretation and through some other technical means that these are the people."
According to the authors, Mendonsa's girlfriend at the time, who later became his wife, is also in the photograph, standing in the background while ol' Georgy Boy plants one on a random babe nurse.
"It wasn't my choice to be kissed,"said Greta ,"The guy just came over and grabbed!'
Full Story at The Huffington Post.