Two weeks ago, I had the chance to meet George Mendonsa, the Kissing Sailor (from the famous Times Square Alfred Eisenstadt photo), at a book event for my Uncle Larry, whose book, The Kissing Sailor: The Mystery Behind the Photo that Ended World War II, will be released in two weeks (though you can preorder it now, as it’s already broken the top 5,000 in Amazon sales ranks!).
I was excited to be at the event, and honored and humbled to get a personally-signed copy and a shout-out in the book’s acknowledgement section.
I’m also really proud of my uncle, Larry Verria, who spent many years tracking down and engaging forensic experts to figure out who that couple really was, from all of the folks who have made claims over the years. I think they nailed it this time, and he richly deserves the accolades, including the praise from Tom Brokaw that adorns the book’s back cover!