August 25, 2009

Pen pals meet face to face 41 years later

Two American and English women who were pen pals as children but lost touch as they grew up have finally met in person 41 years after their letters stopped.

Dorothy Forshaw of England said she made plans to travel to Des Moines, Iowa, to meet childhood pen pal Linda Biegger after her 14-year-old nephew tracked her old letter-writing companion to her most recent address in Iowa, KCCI-TV, Des Moines, reported Tuesday.

When I got that letter, my heart kind of skipped a beat because I thought this can not be happening. And, how would I ever dream that I'd ever hear from her again, Biegger said.

The women met face to face for the first time Monday evening at the Des Moines International Airport.