Alfred Eisenstaedt’s emblematic photo of a sailor kissing a nurse in Times Square in 1945 was made famous by Life magazine. The kiss is widely recognized as an event marking the end of World War II. Since the publication of the photo, there has been some dispute about the identity of the two kissers. In 1980 when editors of Life sought the two subjects of the famous photograph, one woman and eleven men came forward to claim the honor. After a meticulous investigation, eighty year old Glenn McDuffie of Houston has been identified by police forensics artist Lois Gibson, as the jaunty sailor immortalized in the photo. Precise measurements of his forehead, wrists, knuckles, arms and ears matched those of the sailor in a proportional blow up of the original picture. Also, among the eleven contenders, McDuffie was the only one who was able to name the two other sailors seen in the photo - "Bob Little, from Buffalo, New York," and "Jack Holmes, from Pittsburgh."
Glenn McDuffie was celebrating something on Friday other than his 80th birthday — what he says is the long-sought "proof" that he was the sailor kissing the nurse in Times Square in the famous Life magazine photograph by Alfred Eisenstaedt.
"I am positive it's Glenn," said Houston Police Department forensic artist Lois Gibson, who McDuffie had approached for help. "I have specific photographic evidence that proves it positively, to me."
After taking precise measurements of McDuffie's wrists, knuckles, arms, forehead and ears, Gibson compared them to enlargements of the famous photo.
To replicate the image, Gibson had McDuffie pose embracing a pillow, as a substitute for the nurse.
"I don't say this lightly. What I do is usually a matter of life or death, so I don't mess around when I identify someone," said Gibson, whom the 2005 book of Guinness World Records said has helped police identify more criminal suspects than any other person.
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