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72 - April 2, 2007 6:37 pm

Name:

Rich S.

Location:

Flag Manning, SC / USA

Comments:

Someone told me that there was a time in AA that a membership card was necessary in order to attend some meetings. Any truth to this? Thanks

Reply: No. It is not true. Although some groups might have tried it before, I would suggest that they were pretty "loose" groups. My opinion only. Since anyone can be a member if they say they are, who would have the authority to issue your card?

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71 - March 25, 2007 10:37 pm

Name:

matthew e

Location:

Flag new orleans, LA, USA

Comments:

Who was the celebrated statesman?

Reply: The information we have, it was Alfred E. Smith. Four time governor of New York and unsuccessful first Roman Catholic presidential candidate.

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70 - March 24, 2007 5:55 pm

Name:

erin r

Location:

Flag monroe township, nj

Comments:

I'm a member of AA and also doing a research paper on the significant contribution has made to society. My question to you is, do you know when alcoholism was determined a disease? And, when was an alcoholic able to have his or her health insurance cover rehab? Thank you. This is a great site.

Reply: The debate on whether alcoholism is a disease or a personal conduct problem has continued for over 200 years. In the United States, Benjamin Rush, MD, has been credited with first identifying alcoholism as a "disease" in 1784. He asserted that alcohol was the causal agent, loss of control over drinking behavior being the characteristic symptom, and total abstinence
the only effective cure. His belief in this concept was so strong that he spearheaded a public
education campaign in the United States to reduce public drunkenness.
By the way, the term alcoholism would not appear until 1849. A Swedish physician, Dr. Magnus
Huss, coined the term "alcoholism" to describe a diseased condition resulting from excessive
alcohol consumption. In 1866, a French doctoral candidate, M. Gabriel, first used the term in
its modern sense, as a disease manifested by a loss of control over alcohol intake, leading to
excessive alcohol consumption--what we would now refer to as an addiction. He also insightfully
designated alcoholism a public health problem. The use of "alcoholism" to designate a disease
identified by the symptom of excessive alcohol intake promptly caught on and was adopted into
most modern languages.
In 1956, the American Medical Association (AMA) stated that alcoholism was a disease, as it met the five criteria needed in order to be considered a disease: pattern of symptoms, chronicity, progression, subject to relapse, and treatability."

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69 - March 15, 2007 2:35 pm

Name:

Lu Cinda C

Location:

Flag Mena, Ar. USA

Comments:

How cool to be able to know about the chips history for AA, that is truly awesome. May you all be blessed greatly by our higher power whom I call God my Father.

Reply: Lu Cinda, you only gave us part of your email address . . .

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68 - March 11, 2007 2:32 pm

Name:

mike g

Location:

Flag fairfield,pa,us

Comments:

three of us are tring to figure out who in the doctors opinion asked doc silk to share his story with other patients... i say bill w. another says ebbie the other says doc bob.. the answer would be appreciated GOD BLESS ,PEACE mike ..thank you

Reply: It was Bill who looked for and talked to patients at Towns Hosp.
Ebby was still hanging with the OG and Dr Bob was not even sober yet.
This was from Dec 1935 to June 1936 and then again after Bill returned from Akron
after helping Dr Bob.

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67 - March 9, 2007 10:06 am

Name:

Jan M

Location:

Flag Canada

Comments:

I was trying to find something on the Lords prayer what year did they start using it at some of the groups and who started it?
They used to only say the Serenity Prayer.

Reply: The Lords Prayer came to us through the Oxford Group and has been with us since day one. The serenity prayer came to us in 1942. (See Bill's talk about the prayer in AA Comes of Age)

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66 - March 8, 2007 1:25 pm

Name:

BONNIE S

Location:

Flag PITTSBURGH, PA USA

Comments:

I WOULD LIKE SOME INFO ON THE DECLARATION OF UNITY

Reply: This we owe to A.A's future:
To place our common welfare first;
To keep our fellowship united.
For on A.A. unity depend our lives,
And the lives of those to come.

Response: The Unity Declaration was introduced at A.A.’s 35th Anniversary International Convention, July 1970. Documents in our Archives indicate that its language may have been composed by a combined effort of both the Committee on International Conventions and a former A.A. trustee.

The “Unity” statement was read by delegates from different countries on Saturday night during the Unity Ceremony. Below, we have included brief highlights from that night’s ceremony as led by former General Manager, Bob H.

“As you know, the theme of this Conference is Unity within Our Fellowship. We have asked several of our ex-delegates and members from overseas to be on stage and participate with us adopting our new Declaration of Unity.”

Bob H. continued:

“A.A. unity is the special quality that makes our Fellowship unique. It is the cement that holds our society together, the platform which makes A.A. ‘Service’ possible. It is more than agreement on basic principles, more than freedom from destructive strife. It is a bond fashioned oof shared experience, such as this one we share tonight.

“Unity is our most precious possession, our best guarantee of A.A.’s future. May we all value and preserve it, today and all the tomorrows to come.”

He then asked all participants on stage to recite the Unity Declaration, which was lead by Dr. Jack Norris, chairman of the General Service Board 1961—1978.

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65 - March 2, 2007 1:52 am

Name:

RANDY P

Location:

Flag LEBANON, TN USA

Comments:

WHAT IS THE ORIGIN OF "JUST FOR TODAY" AND DOES IT APEAR IN ANY OF AA'S LITITATURE

Reply: In 'How to Stop Worrying and Start Living',
Dale Carnegie says that Sybil F. Partridge wrote
the Just For Today prayer in 1912.
AA's Just For Today cards were approved for printing 1978.
The term "Just for Today" is expressed and implied all over AA's and most other 12 step programs literature. From this we also get One Day at a Time.

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64 - March 1, 2007 3:35 pm

Name:

Jerry Y.

Location:

Flag Los Angeles, CA

Comments:

How come your bar cam never seems to be on ? It just says AA History TV on it . .

Reply: You need to be looking at it with a browser made by Netscape, not Internet Explorer.

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63 - February 27, 2007 6:48 pm

Name:

Kim C

Location:

Flag Porter, TX USA

Comments:

I have a friend who is looking for the 12X12 on CD. Is that available???

Reply: Yes...it's available from AA GSO in New York or at your local Intergroup Office.

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62 - February 22, 2007 9:38 am

Name:

Fred I.

Location:

Flag Lorain,Ohio

Comments:

There are many Big Book pdf web listings for reading the Big Book and doing searches for finding specific pages and verses. I know its alot to ask,but do You guys think it might be possible for YOU to establish a listing for The Twelve Steps and Twleve Traditions in this same format. I have been searching everywhere for this type of web access to the 12x12 but have no luck. Just a shot in the dark, and its a lot to ask, but Please Help. Gratefully Yours, Fred

Reply: Fred, we can not post the big book or 12 and 12 in our web site without breaking federal copyright laws. So, in the spirit of "not being bounced off the internet and ending up in jail", we will not be doing this any time soon. Thanks for asking though!

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61 - February 16, 2007 4:55 pm

Name:

Will N.

Location:

Flag Arlington Heights, IL, USA

Comments:

I have been using this "PAGE" for a very long time, and really appreciate it. Thanks for being a part of MY good day.

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