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. . . When anyone, anywhere, reaches out for help, I want the hand of
A.A. always to be there. And for that: I am responsible.
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a representative group. One lawyer, one radio
telegraph operator, one member of a Federal
commission, one electrician, one carpenter,
and myselfa small-boat builder, aged 32.
I am enclosing $5.00. Please send me a copy
of the book Alcoholics Anonymous, and some
more pamphlets. If there is any left it is my
donation to the Foundation.
Dec. 14, 1943
Shop , Pearl Harbor
You may definitely stick a pin in Honolulu
on your map. Tonight we had a meeting of
the entire group for the first time. There
were supposed to be 7but only 5 came. All
have been sober with the help of the A.A.
program for a time varying from over a
month to 1 week before their first meeting.
The meeting was so interesting to everyone
we had trouble leaving in time to get home
before curfew. And not bragging (much) I
don't think there are any more intelligent 5
people in Honolulu who meet as a group than
we had there tonight . . . One reason that
I am so optimistic about our little group is
that every one of them sought the help. There
has been no evangelism, no compulsion. All
of us really want to quit . . . Please don't
think you're presuming to give me advice.
We have not been able to contact any old
members here. If ever there was a place
where the blind are leading the blind, that
place is Honolulu right now. We not only
will accept any advice you care to give, we're
begging for it . . . I have had several bitter
disappointments . . . I have discovered that
a desire to stop and mere knowledge of the
of A.A are not enough. It is those
of us who are really trying to put into prac-
tice the 12 steps who are succeeding. Now
that we are holding meetings I feel sure that
more of us will be able to put them into
About my own case. I have for years con-
sidered myself an agnostic. After reading the
A.A . literature, expecially the part about an
alcoholic who wanted to get well not being
able to afford the luxury of a closed mind,
I began asking myself what I really believed.
The more I though and worked with others
the nearer to faith I came . . . The psychiatric
social worker at Hospital, who has been
trying to help me since July to quit drinking
has remarked at the great change in me since
I became acquainted with A.A. When I told
her of my new source of strength she sug-
gested that maybe that strength had been
lying latent in me all along. I told her I
didn't really know what the source of strength
was, but that I did know the formula I had
used to tap it, and that was humble, sincere,
unselfish prayer . . .
Yours in A.A.
(TO BE CONTINUED NEXT MONTH)
CONFERENCE ON ALCOHOLISM
"Sir, we don't think you've got the correct
slant," the bookseller said thoughtfully, "We
six are sort of garage mechanics, servicing
the paper. We don't write it. That's the
creamy part for every Jack and Doris of A.A.
who can lay their hands on some news and
a pencil stub. We wrestle with the punctua-
tion, if any. Hammer for copy as the deadline
creaps up. Paste up the dummy, and hope
for the best." "Very neat, " I said, "and I
wish you luck. But what's the paper going to
"About us Alcoholics, naturally!", the mother
of two said, "About A.A.'s whole design for
living. There's going to be a big, full page
on local group doings (there's a Grapevine
reporter in every group right now with his
pencil at the ready). And we're planning to
get all the big general stuff on alcoholism
into the paper. Best of all, we think, is the
Servicemen's Letter page . . ."
"Now you're talking," I said with satisfaction.
"Thanks," the cashier said coldly. "We also
hope to have a column on books, and the
theater and films and radio and magazines
articles which have to do with A.A. or the
12 steps, or constructive living in general."
"And," said the author, "a section called
'Do You Know?' which will pin down in print
the things new members wonder about."
"Anything else?", I asked, reaching for my
hat. "Oh yes!", the six said, "Two things,
particularly. There'll be a write-up on the
Central Office. And a letters-to-The-Grapevine
where everybody can sound offpro and con
on anything that seems to need saying out
"That positively all?" I asked, rising. "No!
Aren't you going to ask us how long we six
are going to stick at this thing?"
"Go on. Go on," I said nervously. "Simple,"
the six said. "We hang on for a trial spin of
three months while the Metropolitan A.A.'s
make up their minds whether they want a
paper or not. If the verdicts's Nowe bow
out." "And if the verdict's Yes?", I asked,
eyeing all six sharpely. "We still bow out; and
hand the paper to fresh new blood," they said.
"Well, it still looks like a cabal to me, " I
said in my most suspicious manner. "Think
I'll write a leter to The Grapevine demanding
to know how come you six think you can get
a paper going!"
"We'll print it, sir. Goodbye; and kindly
don't slam the door," was the last I heard
the six say.
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