Katy Perry and The Kissing Sailor: Life Imitates Art

Katy Perry The Kissing Sailor

As featured in ABC News national blog, singer Katy Perry re-enacted the photo with a midshipman she pulled onto stage in a recent concert at the United States Naval Academy. Read the full ABC News Story here.

Katy Perry had been sick, but that didn’t stop the singer from doing her patriotic duty and performing at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.

In a video posted on YouTube, Perry, wearing a sailor-style halter top, skirt and a Navy cap, called midshipman Beasley up onstage for a kiss, but first asked him how old he was. When he replied that he was 20, she responded, “Is this legal? Well, I’m a little bit older than you, but that’s all right, I can be your Mrs. Robinson.” Perry was referring to the character in the movie “The Graduate,” in which an older woman seduces a college boy.

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The Wall Street Journal vs. The Kissing Sailor: Kissing Sailor 1, WSJ 0

Wall Steet Journal

Eric Felten did readers – and the Nation – a great service in his weekend piece “Embraceable Who?” in the May 19-20, 2012 Wall Street Journal.  His robust and well-written article called attention to the recent book, The Kissing Sailor by Larry Verria and George Galdorisi (Naval Institute Press, May 2012, $23.95, ISBN 978-1-61251-078-1).

One of the two most iconic photographs ever taken (the other being Joel Rosenberg’s picture of the raising of the American flag on Iwo Jima) and far and away the most iconic photo ever taken by the father of American photojournalism, Alfred Eisenstaedt, and published in America’s photo magazine, LIFE, V-J Day, 1945, in Times Square has been the photo most Americans have grown up with.  It still adorns college dorm walls today, over 66 years after it was shot in the chaos of Times Square on that national day of jubilation.

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Motion Picture Act of Valor Out-Performs Battleship at the Box Office

Act of Valor Scene

Military.com/undertheradar “Talks Act of Valor” with Banditos Brothers producer, Scott Waugh. Click here to read the full article.

Interview with Gretta Friedman, the Kissing Nurse

Gretta Friedman

Gretta Friedman, the nurse in the iconic WWII photo, has the chance to talk about her side of the story. Click here to read the full news report from the Washington DC ABC Affiliate.

Where Did Tom Clancy Presents: Act of Valor Land on the Charts?

Act of Valor

Now that Tom Clancy Presents: Act of Valor has been published for four months and the movie Act of Valor has been on the movie box office hits list for a full six weeks (debuting at #1 in its first week of release on February 28), it’s time to review the bidding: Reviewing events over the past four months in regards to the book and the movie can tell us a lot about American core values.

What are America’s core values? Politicians and pundits might disagree, but most influential strategic and military analysts agree that these values are captured in the document, A National Strategic Narrative, which highlights “our enduring national interests – prosperity and security” which is bounded by our “national values.”

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Early Excitement for The Kissing Sailor & a Peek Inside the Book

This Kissing Sailor Novel

As we reported last week, worldwide press coverage in advanced of the release of The Kissing Sailor has been intense.  There is good reason for this as it is a compelling story focused on “Five Ps: The Picture, the Place, the Publication, the People, and the Proof.

Here’s part of what renowned inaugural host of Good Morning American had to say about the book in his Foreword:

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The Kissing Sailor is Popular World Wide, Here are Various Looks into the New Book

Interview with The Kissing Sailor

The Kissing Sailor is gaining popularity, not just in the United States, but places as far as Chile and the UK.  This iconic post World War II photo captures everything that we as a country were feeling at that moment in time.  The identity of the kissing couple has been a mystery for 67 years, and now author George Galdorisi and co-author Lawrence Verrie have revealed the truth.  There have been approximately 5 candidates for the sailor, and about 3 for the nurse. Though, it all came down to forensic analysis to ensure that the real couple was identified. There is ample news coverage on the new book, “The Kissing Sailor”, and the story that details the search for the sailor and nurse in this historical photograph.

To read more about this amazing story we have listed below links to news coverage, interviews, and articles that will allow you to learn the story of, “The Kissing Sailor”.

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Publishers Weekly Reviews The Kissing Sailor


There are many indicators that point to the potential for a book’s success.  One of the most closely-watched and widely-regarded is Publisher’s Weekly.

Publisher’s Weekly isn’t well-known to many outside the publishing world.  Publishers Weekly, also known as PW, is an American weekly trade news magazine targeted at publishers, librarians, booksellers and literary agents.  Published continuously since 1872, it has carried the tagline, “The International News Magazine of Book Publishing and Bookselling.”  With 51 issues a year, the emphasis today is on book reviews.

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The Key to Understanding “The Kissing Sailor” by Author George Galdorisi


It is the most iconic photograph in American History – perhaps in all history.  Why?  Because when people look at this picture V-J Day 1945, In Times Square they understand what it felt like when World War II ended.  But until now, we knew very little about V-J Day, 1945, In Times Square.

And to this day, sixty-five years after this picture was taken, it is not hyperbole to say that interest in this picture, this event, this moment, has not flagged, it has only intensified.  An August 14, 2010 front-page article in the New York Times about a woman at the periphery of one of the five photos of the sailor and nurse that day said it best:

It is a defining image of the American century, one that expressed the joy of a nation at its moment of greatest triumph: on the day of the Japanese surrender in World War II was announced, a sailor grabbed a nurse in the middle of Times Square, bent her back and kissed her.  That kiss on V-J Day was captured in at least two photographs – one iconic, one merely famous.  And for decades since, there have been debates.  Who was the sailor?  Who was the nurse?  A number of people have staked claims, and countless stories have tried to sort them out.

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The Huffington Post Reports on The Kissing Sailor

This Kissing Sailor Novel

George Galdorisi, along with co-author Lawrence Verria, have written a novel that has uncovered the identities of the famous “Times Square Kissing Couple”.  The couple was photographed in 1945 upon learning that Japan had surrendered to the United States.  The couple has now been identified as the nurse Greta Zimmer Friedman, and the Sailor George Mendonsa.  Below is The Huffington Post’s coverage of the telling novel.