A 93-year-old World War II veteran will finally get to hug the girlfriend he last saw 70 years ago, thanks to the Internet, the generosity of an airline, and good-ol'-fashioned journalism skills. The reunion will be happening on Valentine's Day, which is guaranteed to make your date plans look pretty lame by comparison.
Last fall, 88-year-old Joyce Morris, an Englishwoman who now lives in Australia, asked her son (from her ex-husband) to help her do an Internet search for her old boyfriend Norwood Thomas. Norwood was an American soldier stationed in England during World War II when they dated. The two lost touch due to a tragic miscommunication; she mistook his marriage proposal for a sign that he was—scandal!—already married (he wasn't).
Morris's son soon found a newspaper article about Thomas skydiving on his 88th birthday (he was in the 101st Airborne Division, after all). He wrote to the reporter on the article, asking him to reach out to his mom's old beau on her behalf. The reporter complied, and the pair joyfully reunited over Skype, even though Morris couldn't see Thomas—she has vision problems. “Let me tell you,” Norwood said on the call. “This is something I wouldn’t trade anything for.”
When the reporter who reunited the couple wrote an article about them in November, people on the internet used a crowd-funding site to raise money for Thomas to reunite with Morris in Australia. Strangers contributed $7,500 to the fund; Air New Zealand is covering the remaining cost for him to fly First Class. And yes: he's getting there just in time for February 14.