MONTEREY HERALD -- May 27 -- Four years ago Paul Henry (now 82), 50 pounds overweight, twice widowed and alone. A few hundred miles away in Carmel, widow Jen-Chi Anderson (now 83) had an empty house and an empty heart. They cast their nets worldwide on the Web and soon the sweet tones of a modem heralded the beginning of their octogenarian affair. They met face-to-face three months later and were living together within a year. "When you get up near 80," Henry said, "you don't mess around." The spirit of their relationship -- sweetness spiked with humor. Despite their differences, Henry and Anderson are members of a growing club: senior citizens who are going online. According to the Pew Internet & American Life project latest survey, 27% of seniors were wired. "It might be a bit surprising for people your age, but we have a real love affair," said Henry. "I don't feel like I'm in my 80s." Henry has lost 50 pounds with his partner's help.
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