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The Healer: Bill W. In 1934 Bill Wilson had a spiritual awakening--a flash of white light, a liberating awareness of God--that led to the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous and Bill's revolutionary 12-step program. Second Lieut. Bill W. didn't think twice when the first butler he had ever seen offered him a drink. The 22-year-old soldier didn't think about how alcohol had destroyed his family.

No Booze, but Plenty of Babes. Some AA's go to meetings to hear how to stay dry. The others-well, many have discovered their club is a faster spot for a pick-up than the best saloon in town!
Confidential, September 1954

Is There A Cure? "No," says Alcoholics Anonymous, "There is not"- But this voluntary, nonprofit, no dues group of Ex-Alcoholics has put and kept thousands on the water wagon.
The Family Circle, January 5, 1945

An American Phenomenon. Americans react to most social problems by first shouting "There oughta be a law," and then calming down to measure the problem and attack it by spontaneous individual effort. Fortune, February 1951

How San Francisco Sobers ‘Em Up.The Golden Gate city, ashamed of having the highest percentage of arrests for drunkenness, and alarmed by the number of suicides in its drunk tanks, will soon have the nation’s most fabulous clinic for alcoholics.
Liberty Magazine 1949

Laymen and Alcoholics. As he came out from under the opiate the man in the hospital bed opened his eyes to black darkness. Somewhere in the room, as if from a distance, his wife was asking quiet questions. Then the doctor was answering her. "I must be frank," he was saying. "I've never known a patient who had reached this phase of this type of alcoholism to recover. Harper's Magazine, September 1941

An Agonized Plea for Love. Five million Americans-many of them once sober-responsible citizens-are today confirmed alcoholics. Why have they sacrificed happiness for the tragic life of a compulsive drinker? Here, in a remarkably frank report, are some reasons that may surprise you. Cosmopolitan, July 1961

The First A.A. Pamphlets. Larry Jewell came to Houston from Cleveland with only a Big Book and a Spiritual experience resulting from having taken the Steps while hospitalized. His Sponsors were Dr. Bob Smith & Clarence Snyder. He had not attended an A.A. meeting before coming to Houston. The Houston Press April 1940

I'm a Nurse in an Alcoholic Ward. The author--a onetime alcoholic--has nursed 5000 drunks through the fading hours of their most spectacular sprees.Here is what she has faced.
Saturday Evening Post, October 18,1952

The Uphill Fight Against Alcoholism. What is to be done for the thousands of Americans under sentence of death from this scourge? Here is one city that is trying to find the answer. Reader's Digest, April 1956

It's Fun to be Sober. For many seamen, the sea is an escape. It was for Joe. The ruddy- faced, squarely built, 27-year-old Irishman would come into port, get drunk, maybe get jailed, and then look around for a ship. Newsweek, January 15, 1945

The Healer: Bill W. From the rubble of a wasted life, he overcame alcoholism and founded the 12-step program that has helped millions of others do the same. Time Magazine February 2000

Scribner's COMMENTATOR, January 1941. New Year's resolutions, sanitariums and so-called cures are no help to many who are afflicted with the drink habit. One plan has really worked for over 700 people, and more are being helped by it every day.

Double-Barreled Hope for Alcoholics. Jail is still our main medicine for chronic alcoholics, though actually they're not criminals but sick people. That they're not inherently wicked has been proved by Alcoholics Anonymous; after recovery the vast majority of AAs turn out to be superior citizens. Reader's Digest, October 1950

A Letter To A Woman Alcoholic. Wherever you are, at whatever stage in the long descent, this is for you. It says nothing of shame or scorn or ridicule; it brings only love and understanding. And help
Good Housekeeping, March 1954

Skid Row U.S.A.Skid Row Part 1. Perhaps you’ll recognize one of your old friends or schoolmates on this tour through the jungles of our cities. Skid Row is an open jail for men whose only crime may be poverty or loneliness. Collier's Magazine [Part I], 1949

Father Ed and Alcoholics Anonymous. As the man shuffled to a wooden chair opposite the bed and sat down, his black raincoat fell open, revealing a Roman collar. "I'm Father Ed Dowling from St. Louis," he said. The Catholic Digest April 1991

Skid row part 2. A weird little tale was recently unfolded in Chicago that somehow managed to encompass everything that goes to make up Skid Row, U.S.A. A bum was found dead in the Madison Street jungle and they carted his body off to the morgue.
Collier's Magazine [Part II], 1949

I Always Have Help. A man who has had more than his share of trouble – alcoholism, shattered marriage, tragic losses – tells anonymously how he manages to face life, one day at a time.
Saturday Evening Post, May 21, 1960

A Collection of Book Reviews of the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous. Lest this title should arouse the risibles in any reader first let me state that the general thesis of "Alcoholics Anonymous" is more soundly based psychologically than any other treatment of the subject I have ever come upon.

Charming is the Word for Alcoholics. Down at the very bottom of the social scale of AA society are the pariahs, the untouchables, and the outcasts, all known by one excoriating epithet-relatives.
Liberty Magazine, 1940

Counseling the Alcoholic. I ought perhaps to address my remarks primarily to those who have not had the indoctrination, the induction, into the field of counseling the alcoholic that AA members automatically get. The Blue Book, Vol. XVIII, 1966

AA is not Religion. Confusion arises, if that's what it is, because AA members are urged to develop a relationship with a "higher power."
Honolulu Advertiser August 6, 2001

New Times Sq. ClubhouseAlcoholics Anonymous. Doing Great Job in Its New Times Sq. Clubhouse.
Variety, March 28, 1945

The Housewife's Secret Sickness. Probably more than 1,000,000 American women are victims of alcoholism. Here are the shocking facts. Saturday Evening Post, January 27, 1962

Basic Concepts of Alcoholics Anonymous. Alcoholics Anonymous is an informal fellowship of about 12,000 formerly alcoholic men and women who are to be found banded together as groups in about three hundred and twenty-five American and Canadian communities. New York State Journal of
Medicine Vol. 44, 1944

Help for the Alcoholic's Family. The exclusive story, with case histories, of a new group that is bringing hope to alcohol's most tragic victims: The wives, husbands and children of the drunkards themselves. The Saturday Evening Post, July 2, 1955

Passionately Anonymous. The 15,000 men and women who thronged California's Long Beach Memorial Stadium last week differed from most conventioneers in one major respect, there was no danger that any of them would get together in a hotel room to kill a bottle. Time, July 11, 1960.

Alcoholics Anonymous by
Jack Alexander.
Three men sat around the bed of an alcoholic patient in the psychopathic ward of Philadelphia General Hospital one afternoon a few weeks ago. The man in the bed, who was a complete stranger to them, had the drawn and slightly stupid look the inebriates get while being defogged after a bender. The Saturday Evening Post March 1, 1941

Alcoholics on the Air.
One of Detroit's citizens stepped up to the microphone one night last week and told how he had "hit bottom".
Time, March 5, 1945

Rehabilitating the Alcoholic Worker. Companies used to fire the employee whose drinking got out of hand. Now many have found ways to save the worker his livelihood and themselves money.
Reader's Digest, August 1958

A Manual for Alcoholics Anonymous.
TO THE NEWCOMER: The booklet is designed to give you a practical explanation of what to do and what not to do in your search for sobriety. The editors, too, were pretty bewildered by the program at first. They realize that very likely you are groping for answers and offer this pamphlet in order that it may make a little straighter and less confusing the highway you are about to travel.
From AA Group No. 1, Akron, Ohio, 1940
Dr. Bob's Home Group

The Fundamentals - In Retrospect.
It is gratifying to feel that one belongs to and has a definite personal part in the work of a growing and spiritually prospering organization for the release of the alcoholics of mankind from a deadly enslavement.
September 1948, AA Grapevine©

Going Through The Steps.
This is the first pamphlet ever written concerning sponsorship. It was written by Clarence H. Snyder in early 1944. Its original title was to be "A.A. Sponsorship...Its Obligations and Its Responsibilities." It was printed by the Cleveland Central Committee under the title: "A.A. Sponsorship... Its Opportunities and Its Responsibilities."
By Clarence Snyder 1944
A.A. Sponsorship Pamphlet

BILL WILSON U.S. Senate Testimony, 1969. The subcommittee met at 9:30 a.m., pursuant to call in room 4232, New Senate Office Building, Senator Harold E. Hughes (chairman of the Subcommittee) presiding. Present: Senators Hughes, Yarborough, Williams, Javits, Dominick, and Bellmon.

Alcoholics and God. This was A.A.'s first successful piece of national publicity. The Alcoholics and Godstories in the Cleveland Plain Dealer followed shortly hereafter. One result of the article was that A.A. was started in Philadelphia. George S. of Philadelphia, one of the first "loners" had sobered up after reading the article.
Liberty Magazine © September 1939

 A Brief History of People, Places, Things and Times. The origin of Alcoholics Anonymous can be traced to the Oxford Group, a religious movement then popular in the United States and Europe.

 A new sun is dawning for America's estimated 900,000 alcoholics-a sun of public intelligence which radiates from the Yale Clinic Plan. The American Weekly printed the first comprehensive, authoritative report on the Yale Plan in February 1945, and since that time use of the new
method has been spreading.

The24 - Hour Club for Alcoholics. Two years ago, an old actor, whose name used to appear on Broadway marquees (call him Lionel Sloane), got drunk again in Hollywood, muffed a final chance for a comeback, and awoke, broke and totally without friends, in a down-at-the-heels New York hotel.
Source: Your Life, January 1953

One of the most difficult problems that any family may be called upon to face is alcoholism. The nature of this illness is such that the alcoholic is unable to overcome his problem alone, yet he often finds it difficult to accept the help he needs from his physician, or Alcoholics Anonymous, or other private or community facilities.

The bookstalls currently offer two books, each by a celebrity who made the difficult, trying escape from the black swamp that is alcoholism. There are tens, even hundreds of thousands of such stories of despair and, finally, triumph, which will never see print. But in them all there is one basic sameness, despite the differences in the social and financial classification of the individuals. They all had to hit bottom.
Source: American Mercury, October 1954.

My 50th birthday was one of the happiest I ever knew. Yet I was alone and a widow. I had lost my beloved husband five years before; I had been demoted from a prestigious job as a foreign correspondent in Paris to reporter on my newspaper’s woman’s page; my closest friend of recent years was gone.

How Bill W. Founded Alcoholics Anonymous and Helped Millions. Lord, it tasted so good, the booze that Bill Wilson swallowed at a party in Massachusetts in 1917. He was 21 years old, this was his first adult drink, and the fiery liquid instantly changed his life for the better, or so he thought. His shoulders relaxed, his shyness dissolved, and he felt warmth and light spread to every part of his body.

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