Dennis Koller to sponsor kissing contest that celebrates famous WWII smooch

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Dennis Koller, executive director of the SS Jeremiah O’Brien, is sponsoring a So You Think You Can Kiss? contest Saturday at Pier 45 to commemorate the 66th anniversary of the end of World War II. The contest, which features a life-size statue of the famous Times Square kiss, runs from noon to 1:30 p.m., with sign-ups starting at 11 a.m.

What is the historical significance behind the Times Square kiss?

The famous picture of the same name symbolizes the end of World War II. It depicts a sailor grabbing a nurse to kiss her in celebrating the end of the war. This picture was on the cover of Life magazine and it is the culture of the American psyche.

What will the contest entail?

It’s going to be fun. We don’t specify, so couples don’t necessarily have to be male-female. The point is to re-enact the famous kiss and extra points will be given for people in costume.

Who are the celebrity judges?

Most of the judges are yet to be confirmed. They might include columnist Leah Garchik, [KPIX, Ch. 5] weather anchor Roberta Gonzales and possibly even past San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown.

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