So Dr. Marks asks, how is it than one particular kiss is more notable than any other kiss. When was this kiss, and who were the participants (kissers)? FINISH ---------->
In August of 2005, the Naval War College in Newport, RI studied the tattoos and scars. In collaboration with the School of Arts of Yale, the sailor was identified as George Mendonca. He was on leave from the naval ship the USS 'The Sullivans'.
How is dentistry involved in this iconic story? There was a gal who was working in the office of dentist. J. L. Berke. She had been a dental assistant there for several months. During that day, she assisted the dentist in filling teeth, cleaning teeth, making dentures, treating periodontal disease, extracting teeth, doing root canals, etc. As the day progressed, the news of a possible end to the war became more plausible. When the dentist returned from lunch, the dental assistant decided to go to Times Square to read the lighted scrolling ticker. Her name was Greta Zimmer of Manhattan.
As the throngs surged into the streets, George and Greta's paths crossed, and the photographer captured the moment for posterity. The moment turned into Life magazine’s most famous and most reproduced photograph, and one of the most popular in history. Later that day, George headed back to his ship in San Francisco, and Greta returned home, this time not wearing her white uniform. For that reason, her next anonymous kiss was not recorded by any photographer. It was not until 1980, that either of them recognized the iconic picture named 'V--J Day, 1945 in Times Square'.
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