18 September 2010


"Since the invention of the kiss there have been five kisses that were rated the most passionate, the most pure. This one left them all behind."

~~ The Princess Bride, by William Goldman

I'm not certain about purity, but for sheer, spontaneous passion, surely one of the great kisses was the one planted by a sailor on a nurse he did not know, in Times Square in August, 1945 -- part of a grand celebration of the end of WWII with the defeat of the Japanese Empire. Legendary photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt captured the moment for posterity, creating one of the most recognized images of all time.

Now comes the story behind that moment, in an interview with another nurse who was at the scene. That glorious feeling of unbridled celebration lives on.

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