Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Vale George Mendonsa was 95

Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld dead at 85 - Sydney Morning Herald

Sailor in iconic WWII kiss photo dies at 95

The photo of a sailor and a woman kissing in Times Square to celebrate the end of WWII became an iconic image.

The iconic image of George Mendonsa in Times Square had an unusual twist: he had never met the woman he was kissing.

The man behind one of history’s most famous photos

“The Kissing Sailor.” It’s one of the most famous photographs ever.

It was taken Aug. 14, 1945, better known as V-J Day, the day Japan officially surrendered to the United States in World War II. It was published in Life magazine and became the iconic photo that represented the celebration and relief that the war was coming to an end.

That photo is back in the news this week. George Mendonsa, the sailor in the famous shot, died Sunday just two days short of his 96th birthday. Lot of news organizations did a story about it, but far too many didn’t include this name: Alfred Eisenstaedt. He’s the man who took the photo.

Mickey H. Osterreicher, general counsel for the National Press Photographers Association, wrote Poynter to make sure Eisenstaedt, who died in 1995 at 96, gets the credit he deserves. 

Osterreicher, who is married to Buffalo News photo director Cathaleen Curtiss, wrote:

“Maybe we are all being a bit too sensitive but during a time when photography is being so devalued because of the millions of images being uploaded every day and the fact that those who infringe with impunity are emboldened to question the copyrightability of many visual images when caught, it is very disheartening that this image which is synonymous with Eisenstaedt’s name could go unmentioned and uncredited. Would anyone comment on the Mona Lisa without mentioning da Vinci? We think not.”

So here’s to that iconic photo, and the man who took it.

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Stepping Back in time:
The single biggest existential threat that's out there, I think, is cyber.
~ Michael Mullen as shared with the authors of the Naked Conversations

NSW joins Canberra on the Internet
Australian Financial Review
November 5, 1996
*Louise Dodson
The NSW Parliament has now joined the Federal Parliament with a range of parliamentary information available on the Internet. However, the NSW Parliament World Wide Web site will provide the most comprehensive information. It includes explanations about the operations, procedures and legislative processes in NSW, historical information, biographical information about all the ministers and members, daily Hansards, business papers, bills before the House and daily "whats on" information for both the Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council. "The development of this site gives the people of NSW unprecedented access to information about the workings of democracy in this State," the president of the Legislative Council, Mr Max Willis, said. The speaker of the Legislative Assembly, Mr John Murray, promised it would be updated daily.
"This will be a valuable education and business resource," he said. The NSW Public Accounts Committee's Mr Jozef Imrich said the Web technology gives users the opportunity to bring government within easy reach of people irrespective of geographic barriers. In the United States, the Government has developed an Interactive Citizen's Handbook, as an electronic guide through government agencies and departments to bring a new "town hall-style democracy" to the people. The versatile Internet is also being used for telemedicine services.Australian medical technology company, Micromedical Industries, is using advanced Internet technologies for accessing doctors via a modem. For instance, the Internet can be used for a heart check-up by uploading one's ECG to a central server. Mr Peter Ludemann, the chairman of Micromedical Industries, said: "We have paved the way for a system which is accessible to remote communities, the home bound or even the world's fitness enthusiasts who want access to online medical expertise."