CBS This Morning Online Features The Kissing Sailor & Nurse Reunited in Times Square

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August 11, 2012 10:37 AM
Sailor, nurse from iconic VJ Day photo reunited
By Michelle Miller

(CBS News) NEW YORK – It’s rare when a single photograph defines an historic event.

But one of those photographs is “The Kiss.”

It’s from Aug. 14, 1945, the day Japan surrendered to end World War II, when a sailor and nurse locked lips in Times Square.

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The Dallas Morning News features The Kissing Sailor

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Edith Shain, left, and Carl Muscarello pose with Alfred Eisenstaedt’s Life Magazine V-J Day photo of a sailor kissing a nurse. For 30 years, both have claimed to be the people in the famous photo. Larry Verria, the co-author of a new book about the photo, tells CBS that new evidence rules out everyone except George Mendonsa and Greta Friedman as the kissing couple. (Read the Original Dallas News Post Here)

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The UK’s Daily Mail features The Kissing Sailor Story & Photos from CBS This Morning

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This story was originally published by the UK’s The Daily Mail – It is an image that captured an epic moment in U.S. history – a sailor locked in a passionate kiss with a nurse in New York City’s Times Square at the end of World War II.

And, after decades of dispute, the couple in the 1945 photograph were revealed to be 89-year-olds George Mendonsa and Greta Zimmer Friedman.

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OC Metro Business Discusses The Kissing Sailor

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As the Lifestyle section of OC Metro Business, the mystery behind the identity of the two people in Alfred Eisenstadt’s famous photograph has remained a mystery for decades.

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Authors of The Kissing Sailor will be on San Diego’s XETV Aug. 16th

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George Galdorisi, co-author – with Larry Verria – of The Kissing Sailor will be interviewed about this book on San Diego’s XETV Channel Six on Thursday, August 16, during the 9:00AM to 10:00AM morning segment. The book, which was released less than three months ago, is already an Amazon and Barnes and Noble best seller and is in its fourth printing! Check back with us later for more information about The Kissing Sailor!

The Kissing Sailor, from Globe and Mail

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As you can see from the coverage of The Kissing Sailor in Toronto, Canada’s flagship newspaper, The Globe and Mail, 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.

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Lawrence Verria, Mr. George Mendonsa, and Ms. Greta Friedman on CBS This Morning Saturday Aug. 11th

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Annapolis, MD—Lawrence Verria, co-author of The Kissing Sailor:  The Mystery Behind the Photo That Ended World War II, along with the “Kissing Sailor” himself—Mr. George Mendonsa and the “nurse”—Ms. Greta Friedman, will be featured on CBS “This Morning Saturday” this Saturday (11 August) during the 8 to 9:00am segment.  CBS brought Mendonsa and Freidman together to meet in Times Square for the first time in 67 years since that fateful kiss took place there on 14 August 1945.  George Mendonsa’s wife, Rita—also featured in that famous photo—was interviewed as well.  This should be a wonderful segment on one of the most iconic photos of all time!

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Galveston, Texas Daily News Talks about The Kissing Sailor

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As the Galveston, Texas Daily News aptly points out, The Kissing Sailor is a major historical work that has clarified one of the most enduring mysteries in Western culture.  But it is vastly more than that, it is an engaging story that reads like a mystery novel.

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Providence Journal Reviews, The Kissing Sailor

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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.

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“Kiss and Tell” Military Times Reviews The Kissing Sailor

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Military Times issues dated 23 July 2012 —

“The Kissing Sailor: The Mystery Behind the Photo That Ended Word War II” by Lawrence Verria and George Galdorisi, Naval Institute Press, 224 pages including photographs, $23.95

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