"Words With Friends" pals meet for the first time

Violet Powell
December 6, 2017

After connecting through the online game, Spencer said he and Roz had played more than 300 matches together.

A young man from Harlem, New York, Spencer travelled to visit 86-year-old Roz, who lives in a retirement home in Florida after meeting her online.

Recently, Pastor Amy Butler of the Riverside Church in Manhattan agreed to set up a meeting with Spencer and Roz.

But the pair have formed an unlikely friendship through their Words With Friends battles.

Spencer posted the photos on Twitter, writing: 'So last summer I randomly met this 80 y/o woman on Words With Friends.

Spencer Sleyon and Rosalind Guttman in Palm Beach Fla. last Thursday
Spencer Sleyon and Rosalind Guttman in Palm Beach Fla. last Thursday

Last week, Sleyon tweeted about a friendship that originated over a year ago, when he and Rosalind "Roz" Guttman began playing Words with Friends with each other.

'We played 300+ games together and she actually ended up becoming a good friend of mine. Butler decided to make the trip happen after hearing Sleyon tell her daughter about his virtual friendship.

Words With Friends is a multi-player Scrabble-like mobile phone game which was launched in 2009.

"She came to me weeks later and asked me how would I be interested in going to Florida for a day to meet her", Sleyon said. Their first meet and greet was as sweet as you can imagine.

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