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168 - June 5, 2008 1:02 pm

Name:

Romas

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Hi!!! I am alkocoholik.

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167 - June 4, 2008 1:50 pm

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Dave O

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Flag ocala,fl usa

Comments:

when was the spiritual experience appendix 2 first put in the big book?

Reply: First Edition, Second Printing.

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166 - May 27, 2008 12:50 pm

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Stevie B.

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Flag Klamath Falls OR USA

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How do i get on the speaker meeting circuit

Reply: Tell your Intergroup office to put you on the speaker list. Once enough people start talking about you and asking you to come speak at their meeting, you'll be speaking on the circuit....
Also...give them your correct email address to contact you...you gave us a wrong one.

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165 - May 25, 2008 5:57 am

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Peter W.

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Commentary on P.158
"He later married Dr Bob's daughter Sue against her wishes."
Forced into marriage?? In America??

Reply: This was 50 years ago....the world has changed since then. In hindsight, Dr Bob was wrong to suggest to Sue that she marry Ernie G. Sue later married her high school sweetheart, Ray Windows, and they lived very happily. Sue is now buried next to Ray in Mount Peace Cemetery in Akron, Ohio.

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164 - May 24, 2008 10:13 pm

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christopher G

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i really enjoyed this site

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163 - May 9, 2008 9:16 pm

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Glen

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Happy birthday to Diana F. from New Zealand

May this Special Day be filled with Peace & Serenity. May God bless you with many more

It is God's job to make miracles and you are one of them

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162 - May 8, 2008 2:30 pm

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Nigel McK

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Comments:

I think this is a great concept , to be able to send this to others . . .

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161 - May 6, 2008 10:36 pm

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francisco M

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Flag nipomo,ca,usa

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1. When and how was the preamble reading developed, that is read at the begining of most AA meetings?

Reply: In 1947, because of the growing interest in AA, the Grapevine editors decided
to write a brief definition of the Fellowship. Thus, the AA Preamble was
first published in the June 1947 issue. They used portions of the Foreword
to the first edition of the Big Book.

The Grapevine had just begun to circulate among nonalcoholics, and the
Preamble was intended primarily to describe for them what AA is and is not.
It is still often used for public information purposes. When Bill Wilson
testified before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse in
1969, he used the preamble to describe what AA is and what it is note. (See
the following post.)

As time passed, it began appearing in all Conference-approved publications,
and many groups now use it to open meetings.

The original version was slightly different from what we know today. For
example:

1) It stated that the only requirement for membership is an HONEST desire to
stop drinking, and 2) it contained only the very brief statement _AA has no
dues or fees._

At the 1958 General Service Conference, a delegate pointed out that the word
_honest_ does not appear in the Third Tradition, and suggested that it should
be deleted from the Preamble. Many delegates felt that as AA had matured, it
had become almost impossible to determine what constitutes an honest desire
to stop drinking, and also that some who might be interested in the program
could be confused by the phrase. The mid-summer 1958 meeting of the General
Service Board ratified the deletion, and since then the Preamble has read
simply _a desire to stop drinking._

The phrase _AA has no dues or fees_ also was clarified to read as it
presently does: _There are no dues or fees for AA membership, we are
self-supporting through our own contributions._ The current version of the
Preamble appears on the first page of every issue of the Grapevine.

Sources:

The AA Grapevine Workbook

Hearing of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, July
1969.

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160 - May 4, 2008 6:23 am

Name:

Elaine B

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Comments:

where can I get a copy of the article "emotional sobriety" written by our co-founder Bill Wilson.
Thank you in advance for your help

Reply: AA's digital archives online.
Language of the Heart.
Best of Bill... all the books are at your local central office.

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159 - April 27, 2008 4:00 pm

Name:

Rose N

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Just finished mailing a note to all the 1 yr anniversary people, and thought about telling you how I appreciate you making this possible. Thank you for your service.

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158 - April 25, 2008 12:09 pm

Name:

chuck d

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Flag isanti, minnesota

Comments:

did DR SILKWORTH sign his name at the end of the dr opinion, in the first edition or was it not untill later it was inserted,

Reply: He signed his name to the letter, but we didn't print his name until the 2nd edition came out in 1955.

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157 - April 23, 2008 11:36 am

Name:

Jennifer D.

Location:

Flag Palm Springs CA USA

Comments:

Hello fellow AA's! Someone asked me a question the other day and, after asking MANY people in the program, I can't find the answer...I thought of you, and maybe YOU can find out for us...."where did the term 'Jones-ing' come from"??? It was someone in the mental health field who asked me this, as he has been unable to find out...pure curiosity. Hope you can help our inquiring minds. Yours in sobriety, Jennifer D.

Reply: "Jonesing" certainly does exist, but the sense in which you were using "jones" as a verb meaning "to crave, to desire strongly" is a broadening and softening of what was originally a very grim term. When "jones" first appeared in African-American slang in the early 1960s, it was as a noun meaning "a drug addiction, especially to heroin."

The proper name "Jones" is, of course, very common in the US and Britain (in fact, I am named after my great-grandfather, Col. Evan Nathanael Jones). But research since the 1960s into why "jones" took on the slang connotation of "a drug habit" has, unfortunately, run aground on lack of evidence. It may be that there once was an infamous drug dealer by that name, of course, or that "Mister Jones" was a common euphemism for one's local heroin pusher. "Mister Jones" did serve in mid-20th century slang as a personification of a powerful and insular social elite (as in Bob Dylan's song "Ballad of a Thin Man" with its refrain of "Because something is happening here, But you don't know what it is, Do you, Mister Jones?"), making it the rough equivalent of "The Man." It may be that "jones" in the drug sense thus arose as a reference to powers outside the community's control that were considered responsible for the oppression and devastation caused by drug addiction. This interpretation is reinforced by the fact that "jones" in the drug addiction sense has always been used negatively. Whoever this "Jones" was, he was nobody's friend.

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