The story isn't that Jim Henry is 98; the story is that he was illiterate until he was 96.
"I couldn’t read, I couldn’t write," Henry said.
Now, Henry is an author. His book: "In a Fisherman's Language."
The lifelong lobsterman kept his secret until he moved to a senior home in Connecticut.
“As time went on and he lived here, he started talking about how he couldn’t read, he couldn’t write. And he opened up more to the residents, so that’s when it all came out and he took the initiative and wanted to learn to read and write. [He] started reading — initiated everything at 96. By 97, [he] was doing more and more, and then wrote the full-blown book at 98,” said Kellie Kulick, director of the senior home where Henry lives.
The book is 29 chapters and covers all of Jim's 98 years.
“My life, ever since I was a boy,” Henry said. “I was 40-some years captain of three boats."
And for 96 years, Jim couldn’t sign his name. Now he is signing his book.
“He’s an author, and one that seems to be touching hundreds of people really fast,” said Marlisa McLaughlin, Henry’s granddaughter.
“I tell you, I’m in a cloud. I can’t believe, it’s almost impossible to believe the way I feel. I’m the happiest man in the world,” Henry said.
Henry said one of his inspirations to read and write was his grandnephew who said that he would no longer take phone calls from Henry. Instead, he wanted him to write letters.