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Opinion: A Sailor Bridges the Digital Divide

Older Americans must capture the magic of the Internet

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Sculptor Stephen Spears, left, connected with D-day veteran Fred Norton before Spears shipped his statue. — Above photo courtesy of Fred Norton/Referring photo by Eric Audras/PhotoAlto/Corbis

V-mail was the emotional lifeline for Fred Norton and his U.S. Navy buddies in 1944. Short for Victory Mail, their V-mail letters to and from loved ones back home—usually three or four weeks in transit—sustained them during their long days and nights plying stormy waters off the European coast. “How things have changed,” says Norton, 87, now living in Denver. … Back to Article

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