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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 

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

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.

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

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


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

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 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

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

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

Alcoholics and God. This was A.A.'s first successful piece of national publicity. The stories 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 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.

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.

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.

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