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Book Biography: Acknowledgments and Credits
am honored to have permission from Nancy
O., a long time member of the fellowship, who also knew
Bill W., to host her Big Book story author Biographies here
O., Moderator of the formally known A.A.
History Buffs, now known as The
AA History Lovers writes:
I have been preparing short biographies of authors of the
stories in the Big Book, including all three editions, plus
one story which appeared only in the Original Manuscript
have reviewed all the books published by A.A. World Services
and the A.A. Grapevine, plus all the books I could locate
written about A.A. or by any of its members. A few I acknowledge
at the end of individual stories.
this endeavor I have been helped enormously by other members
of the Buffs. Some of these supplied information about only
about one or two of the authors. In those cases I will acknowledge
them when I post the individual biographies on which they
there are a few people who have been of such help in providing
information that I must acknowledge them here: Lee C. in
California, who first got me interested in A.A. history;
Jim B. in Canada who has sent me large files full of information
on A.A.'s history; Barefoot Bill in Pennsylvania, who has
sent both information and a video of one of the authors'
talks; Ron L. and Ted H. in California who have sent me
tapes of some of the authors' talks. (Ron also sent me information
on Jim Burwell which I had not known.)
people were of special help:
M. of Tennessee provided me with invaluable information
on where each of these people are mentioned in the literature.
Without his work my task would have been much more difficult.
C. of Texas spent many hours proofreading the nearly 150
pages and offering editorial suggestions, and also researched
the net to find information for me.
me the amazing thing about all this is that I have never
met any of these benefactors in person.
O., Moderator -AA
History Buffs (AA