’Star Trek’ fans become more than Trekkies

Updated 01 July 2016
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’Star Trek’ fans become more than Trekkies

NEW YORK: “Star Trek” fans can boldly go where they have never gone before at a new exhibit that allows them to step into the role of a Starfleet Academy cadet. “Star Trek: The Starfleet Academy Experience,” at New York’s Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum Complex from July 9 until Oct. 31, provides an interactive experience for visitors to experience the Starfleet Academy, a fictional organization from the popular TV and film franchise. Highlights include Leap Motion, a Medical Tricorder table with RFID sensors and planet projection mapping. Props and costumes from the television show are also on display. George Takei, who played Hikaru Sulu in the original 1960s television series, helped launch the new exhibit.
“This year we’re celebrating the 50th anniversary of ‘Star Trek,’” the veteran actor said. “It was a seminal show, really a unique science-fiction show.”


“Kissing sailor” in iconic NY picture dies age 95

In this Aug. 14, 1945 file photo provided by the U.S. Navy, a sailor and a woman kiss in New York's Times Square, as people celebrate the end of World War II. (AP)
Updated 19 February 2019
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“Kissing sailor” in iconic NY picture dies age 95

  • Greta Zimmer Friedman, the woman in the picture, died in 2016 at age 92

WASHINGTON: The sailor pictured kissing a woman in Times Square as people celebrated the end of World War II has died at age 95, his daughter told the Providence Journal.
George Mendonsa had a seizure Sunday after falling at an assisted living facility in Middleton, Rhode Island, his daughter Sharon Molleur said.
In the famous image, one of four taken by Alfred Eisenstadt for Life magazine, Mendonsa is seen ecstatically bending over and kissing a woman in a white nurse’s uniform.
The picture was published by Life as “V-J Day in Times Square.”
Mendonsa, who served in the Pacific during World War II, was on home leave when the picture was taken.
He had long claimed to be the sailor in the picture, but it wasn’t confirmed until recently with the use of facial recognition technology.
Greta Zimmer Friedman, the woman in the picture, died in 2016 at age 92.
Eisenstadt did not get the names of the kissing strangers.
He later described watching the sailor running along the street, and grabbing any girl in sight.
“I was running ahead of him with my Leica looking back over my shoulder but none of the pictures that were possible pleased me,” he wrote in “Eisenstadt on Eisenstadt.”
“Then suddenly, in a flash, I saw something white being grabbed. I turned around and clicked the moment the sailor kissed the nurse. If she had been dressed in a dark dress I would never have taken the picture.”
Mendonsa, who served in the Pacific during World War II, was on home leave when the picture was taken.