Edith Shane, the nurse (supposedly) in the famous V-J Day in Times Square photo, has died.
Shane, and an unknown sailor, were captured in their famous clinch by Life Magazine photographer, Alfred Eisenstaedt on Aug. 14, 1945.
"I was walking through the crowds on V-J Day, looking for pictures. I noticed a sailor coming my way. He was grabbing every female he could find and kissing them all — young girls and old ladies alike. Then I noticed the nurse, standing in that enormous crowd. I focused on her, and just as I'd hoped, the sailor came along, grabbed the nurse, and bent down to kiss her."- Alfred Eisenstaedt.
Lest you thought I forgot, freakishly tall (and thin) basketball player, Manute Bol, died last Saturday at the age of 47.
Bol, who spent time with the Heat, the 76'ers, the Warriors, and the Bullets, died from acute kidney failure, and complications from Stevens-Johnson syndrome, which looks really, really gross.
John, my longtime friend and faithful reader, posted the following comment, which I felt was worth sharing. Thanks John.
"One of the more interesting things about Bol's life is the continuing debate over whether he invented the term, "my bad." Many credible sources peg the beginning of its use in the NBA when the Dinka speaking Manute would say "my bad," instead of "my fault." The guy was also known for his humility and kindness. He was born into royalty in the Sudan and gave away most of his NBA earnings to charities in his country. He died relatively poor. Apparently, once he was fined by the NBA for missing a pair of games due to being an integral part of negotiations with rebel forces during one of the many civil conflicts in his country. Professional BB needs a few more like him"