Ray and Ellie Williams, Navy veterans who married the day after V-J Day, kicked off the anniversary of the famous kiss, captured by photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt in Times Square on August 14, 1945.
No, they weren’t the actual people photographed in the original, but they represented the “Greatest Generation” at today’s moment.
Who the original couple were remains a mystery, although George Mendonsa, 91, of Rhode Island, insists it was him.
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Bob Collins retired from Minnesota Public Radio in 2019 after 12 years of writing NewsCut and pointing out to complainants that posts weren’t news stories. A son of Massachusetts, he was a news editor 1992-1998, created the MPR News regional website in 1999, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started several blogs, and every day lamented that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.