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120 - October 17, 2007 6:00 pm

Name:

Diane B

Location:

Flag Kingston, PA, USA

Comments:

I just wanted to take a minute and thank you for this wonderful site. I signed up with you in 1999, the year I became sober. Since then I've enjoyed many emails each year from other recovering alcoholics all over the world. Some years, such as these past few have had many circumstances where I cannot attend meetings and am distanced from the fellowship. It is a beautiful thing that when you are having an awful day and almost forget that you are about to celebrate 8 years that you get this email from a complete stranger from half way around the world reminding of what really matters. It truly brightens my life and I just wanted to tell you that you and your services are appreciated.

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119 - October 15, 2007 11:53 pm

Name:

dave b

Location:

Flag reno, nv,usa

Comments:

how much time does one need to have to be an oldtimer

Reply: Dave, it seems to vary by region. Some folks say 20 years, and in southern California it's recognized that 30 years is an old timer.
With folks getting sober earlier, it's not uncommon to meet someone with 30 years sober who is only 45 years old.

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118 - October 10, 2007 2:51 am

Name:

preston m

Location:

Flag ireland

Comments:

15 years of drink 12 years sober it keeps getin better

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117 - October 9, 2007 5:21 am

Name:

dorothy v

Location:

Flag Bennington, NH

Comments:

What was Dr Paul's last name?

Reply: Dorothy, you didnt leave your email address and we dont publish members last names online. Sorry.

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116 - October 8, 2007 11:21 pm

Name:

Janet O.

Location:

Flag Streator, IL. USA

Comments:

Thank you. This never ceases to amaze me when my anniversary comes around.

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115 - October 1, 2007 8:36 pm

Name:

dee/s

Location:

Flag AVON, NC USA

Comments:

COMING UP ON MY FIRST YEAR I AM SO PROUD OF MYSELF AND WHAT I CAN DO TO HELP OTHERS

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114 - September 12, 2007 8:02 am

Name:

jack

Location:

Flag new jersey

Comments:

is the word sponsor or sponsorship found in the doctors opinion or the 1st 164 pages of the original big book

Reply: NO, it is not.

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113 - September 10, 2007 6:20 am

Name:

Alan r

Location:

Flag amityville ny

Comments:

who was the author of the a.a. preamble?

Reply: History of the A.A. Preamble


The Preamble was first introduced to the Fellowship in the June 1947 issue
of the Grapevine. It was written by the then editor, Tom Y., who borrowed
much of the phrasing from the Foreword to the original edition of Alcoholics
Anonymous.

In those early years, the Grapevine had just begun to circulate among
non-alcoholics, 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. As time passed, it began appearing in all conference-approved
publications, and many groups now use it to open meetings.

The original version differed in two ways from the familiar form we now
know: 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."

People often ask why the word "honest" was deleted. At the 1958 General
Service Conference, a delegate asked about the words "honest desire to stop
drinking," suggesting that since "honest" does not appear in the Third
Tradition, it might be deleted from the Preamble. In discussion, most
Conference members 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. Thus, as part of the evolution of AA, the phrase has been
dropped from common usage. 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."

At the same time, the phrase "AA has no dues or fees" 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 page one of every issue of the Grapevine.

When reprinted, the Preamble should carry the following credit line:
Copyright (c) by the AA Grapevine, Inc.

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112 - September 9, 2007 11:02 pm

Name:

matt/j

Location:

Flag H.B. calif

Comments:

I need to barrow something

Reply: Matt, what do you need to borrow?

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111 - September 9, 2007 8:52 pm

Name:

alan r

Location:

Flag amityville,ny

Comments:

who was the author of the preamble?

Reply: Alan, your email address doesnt work:
By 1947 the Grapevine was circulating more and more among non-alcoholics. Many of them, including professionals in medicine, law enforcement, the clergy, and other fields, knew little about AA. In order to make clear what we are and what we aren't, the June Grapevine of that year carried a concise definition. Known throughout AA today as "the Preamble," that description begins, "Alcoholics Anonymous is a
fellowship of men and women who share. . .," and was co-authored by the Grapevine's first editor.
The first editors of the Grapevine were known as the "six ink stained wretches".

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110 - August 26, 2007 11:07 am

Name:

Donna S

Location:

Flag Tuckerton,NJ, USA

Comments:

I love the camels that they give out in NYC, I've only a few but to me they are most important...Thnaks for listening...

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109 - August 25, 2007 7:28 am

Name:

steve k

Location:

Flag coral Pa usa

Comments:

what year and make was bill w motorcycle?

Reply: It was a pre-1925 Harley Davidson.

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