Readers remember pen pals they found through the Monitor's old Mail Bag column.
We asked readers to tell us about pen pals they found through the Monitor's Mail Bag column, which ran from 1929 to 1969. Here are some excerpts from a few of your responses.
I'm so grateful that the Monitor gave me the opportunity at age 10 to reach across the sea and make a lifelong friend of my pen pal, Muriel. We have corresponded for more than 60 years and have had the great joy of sharing our lives with each other by mail and also the special treat of meeting in person three times.
In 1955, her parents invited my mom and dad and me to spend a few days with them in Bath, England. By this time Muriel was working in London, but came for a day so we could meet each other for the first time. Visiting with her parents and learning more about their lives has remained a special memory to me. Then in the 1980s, my husband and I traveled to Coventry to visit with Muriel and her husband, George. We did some sightseeing in the area and thoroughly enjoyed our visit. The guys got along well – enjoyed sharing their "war stories." More recently, my daughter and I took a trip to Scotland, and Muriel came to Edinburgh to be with us for two days. My daughter kept exclaiming, "This lady knows all about me, and I never even met her!" My thanks to the Monitor for making this wonderful friendship possible.
Helen Maxell Taini