According to reports, the pair had never met in real life, but had forged an online relationship thanks to a game called Words With Friends. "One night, a few months ago, they started a conversation about who their best friends were, and Spencer said, 'My best friend is an 80-year-old white woman who lives in a retirement community in Florida, ' and I said, 'What?,'" Butler told The Root. Because one Words with Friends player, Spencer Sleyon, has a good one.
Despite their 64-year age gap and the fact they didn't know each other, Spencer and Roz began mentally jousting on the online Scrabble-like game - and each refused to back down from the other's offer of a rematch.
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Sleyon tweeted a photo with Guttman on December 1, which has been retweeted more than 240,000 times and received more than 1 million likes as of December 5. She also shared photos of the gamers bonding for the first time.
Ms Butler said she has used the example of their friendship in sermons, as Spencer is a friend of her daughter's. "Words With Friends" heard about the in-person meeting and tweeted, "We can't get enough of this!"
Their meeting was made possible by NY pastor Amy Butler, who added: 'Sweet day today with Spencer and his Words With Friends friend, Roz, watching them bond in person for the first time'.