Dick B. is an active, recovered member
of Alcoholics Anonymous; a retired
attorney; and a Bible student. He
has sponsored 100 men in their recovery
from alcoholism. Consistent with A.A.'s
traditions of anonymity, he uses the
pseudonym "Dick B."
Dick is the father of two married
sons (Ken and Don) and a grandfather.
As a young man, he did a stint as
a newspaper reporter. He attended
the University of California, Berkeley,
where he received his A.A. degree
in economics with honors, and was
elected to Phi Beta Kappa in his Junior
year. In the United States Army, he
was an Information Education Specialist.
He received his A.B. and J.D. degrees
from Stanford University, and was
Case Editor of the Stanford Law Review.
Dick became interested in Bible study
in his childhood Sunday School and
was much inspired by his mother's
almost daily study of Scripture. He
joined, and later became president
of, a Community Church affiliated
with the United Church of Christ.
By 1972, he was studying the origins
of the Bible and began traveling abroad
in pursuit of that subject. In 1979,
he became much involved in a Biblical
research, teaching, and fellowship
ministry. In his community life, he
was president of a merchants' council,
Chamber of Commerce, church retirement
center, and homeowners' association.
He served on a public district board
and was active in a service club.
In 1986, he was felled by alcoholism,
gave up his law practice, and began
recovery as a member of the Fellowship
of Alcoholics Anonymous. In 1990,
his interest in A.A.'s Biblical/Christian
roots was sparked by his attendance
at A.A.'s International Convention
in Seattle. Since then, he has traveled
widely; researched at archives, and
at public and seminary libraries;
interviewed scholars, historians,
clergy, A.A. "old_timers"
and survivors; and participated in
conferences, programs, panels, and
seminars on early A.A.'s spiritual
Dick B.ís body of work on the history
and successes of early Alcoholics
Anonymous includes seminars, books,
articles, radio interviews, videos,
audio cassettes tapes, and newspaper
articles. They show how the basic,
and highly successful, biblical ideas
used by early AAs can be valuable
tools for success in today's A.A.
Also, the religious and recovery communities
are using his research and titles
to work more effectively with alcoholics,
addicts, and others involved in Twelve
Dick B. has published 25 titles and
over 60 articles. These have been
discussed in newspaper articles and
reviewed in Library Journal, Bookstore
Journal, For A Change, The Living
Church, Faith at Work, Sober Times,
Episcopal Life, Recovery News, Ohioana
Quarterly, The PHOENIX, MRA Newsletter,
and the Saint Louis University Theology
Dick now, and usually, has several
works in progress. Much of his research
and writing is done in collaboration
with his older son, Ken, who holds
B.A., B.Th., and M.A. degrees. Ken
has been a lecturer in New Testament
Greek at a Bible college and a lecturer
in Fundamentals of Oral Communication
at San Francisco State University.
Ken is a computer specialist.
Dick is a member of the American Historical
Association, Organization of American
Historians, Coalition of Prison Evangelists,
Alcohol and Drugs History Society,
Research Society on Alcoholism, Association
for Medical and Educational Research
on Substance Abuse, Christian Assn
for Psychological Studies, and Phi
Dick B.'s email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The URL address for his web site on
the history and successes of early
Alcoholics Anonymous is:
© Dick B.