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Love, eventually

Local couples share stories of virtual dating

Amy-Sullivan

Amy and Aln Sullivan, above, and Stan and Deb Chandler, below, found love via nontraditional routes such as the Internet or dating services. (PHOTOS | SUBMITTED)

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Love doesn’t always hit like the explosion of a nuclear bomb and sometimes it sneaks its way into the couple’s hearts through tiny fissures.

Such was the case for at least two local couples who have been happily married for more than a decade after finding one another from many miles away.

In the mid-1990s, Alan and Amy Sullivan found one another via the Internet in its fledgling days while Stan and Deb Chandler discovered their love for one another via a dating service.

For the Sullivans, the relationship began with a random online encounter on Microsoft’s Internet Relay Chat, just after it was developed in 1995.

“He tells everyone our first conversation went like this, ‘I guess I asked him why he chose me to talk to and he responded with why not?’ ” Mrs. Sullivan, who was 27 and teaching at Indian Lake schools, said of her future husband, who was a 28-year-old construction worker working in Billerica, Mass.

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