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A Narrative Timeline Of AA History

Public Version vApril 04'

A Narrative Timeline Of AA History – 1774 to 2003


Appendix 1: Authors of Big Book Stories

Title
First Name
Nickname
Last
Editions
Sober
Deceased
Notes
A Business Man's Recovery William J Bill R
OM, 1
Slipped
1962
NY: 1st Board Chairman 11/38 - 2/39
A Close Shave Harry J   Z
OM, 1
3/37
1967
OH: Trustee 1/52 - 4/56
A Different Slant Harry   B
OM, 1
Slipped
 
NY: 2nd Board Chairman 2/39 - 12/39
A Drunk Like You Unknown    
4
 
 
 
A Feminine Victory Florence D   R
OM, 1
Slipped
1943
NY: committed suicide in Washington DC
A Five-Time Loser Wins Morris   B
3
 
 
NC
A Flower of the South Esther   E
2, 3
5/16/41
6/3/1960
TX
A Late Start Unknown    
4
 
 
 
A Teen-Ager's Decision Lisa    
3
 
 
WA
A Vision of Recovery Unknown    
4
 
 
 
A Ward of the Probate Court William Bill Van H
OM, 1
9/37
 
OH
AA Taught Him To Handle Sobriety Bob   P
3, 4
1961
 
CT: Trustee 7/68 - 10/71
Gen. Mgr. GSO 9/74 - 1988
Acceptance Was The Answer
nee Doctor, Alcoholic, Addict
original title was Bronze Moccasins
Paul Dr Paul O, MD
3, 4
7/67
5/19/2000
CA: story was retitled to
Doctor, Alcoholic, Addict
by a Grapevine Editor
Ace Full-Seven-Eleven Unknown    
OM
 
 
OH: reputed to have withdrawn story
Didn't like changes made to Big Book
Alcoholics Anonymous Number Three William I Bill D
2-4
6/26/35
9/17/1954
OH: Delegate to 1951 GSC, Panel 1
An Alcoholic's Wife Marie   B
1
 
 
OH: non-alcoholic
An Artist's Concept Ray   C
1
2/38
 
NY: designed Big Book dust jacket
First cited the Herbert Spencer quote
Annie The Cop Fighter Annie   C
2
4/47
1974
NY
Another Chance Bertha   V
3, 4
3/72
 
KY
Another Prodigal Story Ralph   F
1
6/6/38
 
MA
Any Day Was Washday Unknown    
3
1973
 
 
Because I'm And Alcoholic Unknown    
4
 
 
 
Belle Of The Bar
Unknown    
3
 
 
 
Bill’s Story William Griffith Bill Wilson
OM, 1-3
12/11/34
1/24/1971
NY co-founder. Trustee 4/49-1/51
Building A New Life Unknown    
4
 
 
 
Calculating The Costs Unknown    
3
 
 
 
Crossing The River Of Denial Unknown    
4
 
 
 
Desperation Drinking Pat   M
2, 3
 
 
NY
Dr Bob's Nightmare
nee The Doctor's Nightmare
Robert Holbrook Dr Bob Smith, MD
OM, 1-4
6/10/35
11/16/1950
OH: co-founder. Trustee 11/38- 10/49
Educated Agnostic Norman   H
OM, 1
2/38
 
CT
Empty On The Inside Unknown    
4
 
 
 
Fear Of Fear Ceil   M
2-4
7/49
 
NY
Fired Again Wallace Wally G
OM, 1
Slipped
 
OH
Flooded With Feeling Unknown    
4
 
 
 
Freedom From Bondage Wynn Corum   L
2-4
1947
 
CA
From Farm To City Ethel   M
2, 3
5/8/41
4/9/1963
OH: first woman to get sober in Akron
Gratitude In Action Dave   B
4
1944
 
Quebec
Grounded Unknown    
4
 
 
 
Growing Up All Over Again Harris   K
3
1960
 
 
Gutter Bravado Unknown    
4
 
 
 
He Had To Be Shown (rewritten)
nee The Car Smasher
Dick   S
1-3
2/37
11/1957
OH: brother of Paul S
Trustee 4/46 - 1/53
He Lived Only To Drink Unknown    
4
 
 
 
He Sold Himself Short Earl   Treat
2-4
7/37
10/1962
Chicago: Board Trustee 1/51 - 1/55
He Thought He Could Drink Like A Gentleman Albert R Abby G
2, 3
4/39
 
Cleveland: started principle of rotation
He Who Loses His Life E B Bob R
2, 3
1/47
 
NY
Hindsight Myron   W
1
4/36
 
NY
His Conscience Unknown    
2
1938
 
Canada
Home Brewmeister Clarence H   S
OM, 1-3
2/11/38
3/22/1984
Cleveland: claimed himself “founder of AA”
It Might Have Been Worse Chet   R
2-4
 
 
 
Jim's Story Jim Dr Jim S, MD
2-4
1943
 
DC
Joe's Woes Joe   M
2
2/40
 
NY
Join The Tribe! Maynard   B
3
 
 
Canada
Lifesaving Words Unknown    
3
1/73
 
Lucknow, India
Listening To The Wind Unknown    
4
 
 
 
Lone Endeavor Pat   C
1
Slipped
 
CA: ghost written by Ruth Hock
Me An Alcoholic? Unknown    
2-4
11/47
 
 
My Bottle, My Resentments, and Me Unknown    
4
 
 
 
My Chance To Live Unknown    
4
 
 
 
My Wife And I Jim & Maybell   L
OM, 1
1937
 
NY
New Vision For A Sculptor Fred    
2
5/47
 
NY
On His Way Horace R Popsy M
1
1937
 
NY
On the Move Unknown    
4
 
 
NY
Our Southern Friend John Henry Fitzhugh Fitz M
1-4
10/35
10/4/1943
NY, Washington DC, Baltimore
Physician Heal Thyself Earl Dr Earl M, MD
2-4
6/15/53
1/13/2003
CA
Promoted To Chronic Helen   B
2, 3
1945
 
NY: GSO senior staff member
Riding The Rods Charles Charley S
OM, 1
1937
 
OH
Rum, Radio And Rebellion Pete   W
2, 3
1945
 
PA
Safe Haven Unknown    
4
 
 
 
Smile With Me, At Me Harold   S
OM, 1
6/38
 
NY
Stars Don't Fall Countess Felicia   G
2, 3
 
 
NY
Student Of Life Unknown    
4
 
 
 
The Back-Slider Walter   B
OM, 1
1938
 
OH
The Career Officer Sackville   M
2, 3
3/28/47
1979
Dublin, Ireland
The European Drinker Joe   D
OM, 1-3
3/36
 
OH
The Housewife Who Drank At Home Unknown    
2-4
 
 
 
The Independent Blonde Nancy   F
2
6/45
 
NY
The Keys Of The Kingdom Sylvia   K
2-4
9/13/39
 
Chicago
The Man Who Mastered Fear
nee The Fearful One
Archie   T
OM, 1-4
11/38
 
Detroit
The Missing Link Unknown    
4
 
 
 
The News Hawk
nee Traveler, Editor, Scholar
Jim   S
OM, 1-3
7/37
 
OH: helped edit 1st Ed. Big Book stories
The Perpetual Quest Unknown    
4
 
 
 
The Prisoner Freed Unknown    
2, 3
 
 
NY
The Professor And The Paradox John   P
2
2/49
 
AL
The Rolling Stone Lloyd   T
1
1937
 
OH
The Salesman Bob   O
OM, 1
5/37
 
OH
The Seven Month Slip Ernie W   G
OM, 1
Slipped
6/11/1971
OH: Dr Bob's son-in-law
The Unbeliever Henry G Hank P
OM, 1
Slipped
1/18/1954
NY: also wrote chapter To Employers
The Vicious Cycle Jim   B
1-4
6/16/38
9/8/1974
NY, Philadelphia, Baltimore
There's Nothing The Matter With Me! William Bill G
2
1945
 
NJ
Those Golden Years Cecil Teet C
3
12/70
6/26/1992
 
Tightrope Unknown    
4
 
 
 
Too Young? Unknown    
3
 
 
 
Truth Freed Me! Paul J   S
OM, 1
7/2/36
9/19/1953
OH: brother of Dick S
Twice Gifted Unknown    
4
 
 
 
Unto The Second Generation Unknown    
2, 3
2/50
 
Chicago
Window Of Opportunity Unknown    
4
 
 
 
Winner Takes All Unknown    
4
 
 
 
Women Suffer Too Margaret Marty Mann
2-4
Slipped
7/22/1980
NY: started NCEA (NCA & NCADD)


A Narrative Timeline Of AA History – 1774 to 2003

 

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