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9. The News Hawk

This newsman covered life from top to bottom; but he ended up, safely enough, in the middle.       WITH NOTHING but a liberal arts education, very definitely estranged from my family and already married, soon after graduation from college I became a bookmaker’s clerk on the British racing circuits, far better off financially than the average

8. The Vicious Cycle

How it finally broke a Southerner’s obstinacy and destined this salesman to start A.A. at Philadelphia.       JANUARY 8, 1938—that was my D-Day; the place, Washington, D.C. This last real merry-go-round had started the day before Christmas and I had really accomplished a lot in those fourteen days. First, my new wife had walked out, bag,

7. The European Drinker

Beer and wine were not the answer.       I WAS born in Europe, in Alsace to be exact, shortly after it had become German and practically grew up with “good Rhine wine” of song and story. My parents had some vague ideas of making a priest out of me and for some years I attended the

6. Women Suffer Too

Despite great opportunities, alcohol nearly ended her life. Early member, she spread the word among women in our pioneering period.       WHAT WAS I saying . . . From far away, as if in a delirium, I had heard my own voice—calling someone “Dorothy,” talking of shops, of jobs . . . the words came clearer

5. He Thought He Could Drink Like A Gentleman

      I WAS BORN in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1889, the last child of a family of eight children. My parents were hard working people. My father was a railroad man and a Civil War veteran. I can remember that in my childhood, he was ill at ease with the children because he attempted to assert an

4. He Had To Be Shown

“Who is convinced against his will is of the same opinion still.” But not this man.       I WAS THE OLDEST of three children, and my father was an alcoholic. One of the earliest memories that I have is of a bottle sitting on his desk with a skull and crossbones and marked “Poison.” At that

3. Alcoholics Anonymous Number Three

Pioneer member of Akron’s Group No. 1, the first A.A. group in the world. He kept the faith; therefore, he and countless others found a new life.       ONE OF FIVE children, I was born on a Kentucky farm in Carlyle County. My parents were well-to-do people and there marriage was a happy one. My wife,

2. Dr. Bob’s Nightmare

A Co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous. The birth of our Society dates from his first day of permanent sobriety, June 10, 1935. To 1950, the year of his death, he carried the A.A. message  to  more  than  5,000  alcoholic  men  and women, and to all these he gave his medical services without thought of charge. In

1. Pioneers Of A.A.

   Dr. Bob and the twelve men and women who here tell their stories were among the early members of A.A.’s first groups. Though three have passed away of natural causes, all have maintained complete sobriety for periods ranging from fifteen to nineteen years as of this date, 1955. Today, hundreds of additional A.A. members can