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Pen pals Woods and Tur mark 50 years of cultural exchange

August 24, 2013 • Local News

Nancy Woods, left, and Frode Pakusch Tur, of Oslo, Norway, have been pen pals for 50 years. (Jill McLaughlin Photo)

Nancy Woods was 13 and living in Santa Fe when she first decided she wanted to find a pen pal abroad. She looked up the Chamber of Commerce in Oslo, Norway, and found a few names.

At the same time, Norwegian Frode Pakusch Tur wanted to improve his English. While browsing through a magazine, he found Woods’ name.

The two began writing on postcards at first.

“We sent letters quite often back then,” Woods recalled. “Two to three every month.”

Fifty years later, the two retold the story of how their friendship began in 1963. Sitting next to each other Friday, they talked about their life experiences and the memories they continue to Login to read more

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