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238 - February 9, 2010 1:48 am

Name:

rick c

Location:

Flag durand, Michigan, usa

Comments:

I am on a link "This date in History", that states on January 12,1945, due to our engagement in WW 2, to save on paper the Big Book was reduced in size. Just what was the size of our Text at that time?

Reply: The text stayed the same...the margins were reduced.

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237 - January 18, 2010 2:14 pm

Name:

Chris D

Location:

Flag Sequim, WA

Comments:

Where is the quote "we are not a glum lot" found in the big Book?

Reply: Page 132

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236 - January 10, 2010 12:03 pm

Name:

Linda

Location:

Flag Mt. Holly, NJ, USA

Comments:

What page is the "449" acceptance speech in the Big Book on now?

Reply: Dr Paul O'story has been renamed "Acceptance was the answer" and it begins on page 407. The passage you are looking for begins on page 417 in the fourth edition of the big book.

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235 - December 30, 2009 2:04 pm

Name:

mnecat98

Location:

Flag turkey/marmaris

Comments:

çok şükür bugünde ayıkım...

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234 - December 6, 2009 3:18 pm

Name:

rick c.

Location:

Flag durand, michigan, usa

Comments:

Hey guys, great job you are doing over there. I have read the theory in Box 459, but are there any other theorys as to how the "holding of hands" came about while saying the Lords Prayer? Tnank you for all the effort you put in to satisfying our curiosity..

Reply: It appears that at the International in Toronto in 1965, the attendees were
asked to hold hands and join together as the"Responsibility Declaration" was read for
the first time. Older members seen to recollect that "hand holding" grew out of the Toronto
experience.

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233 - December 4, 2009 3:23 am

Name:

rick c.

Location:

Flag durand, michigan, u.s.a.

Comments:

How, when and for what purpose did our style of introducing ourselves come into play? eg; My name is Rick, "I'm an alcoholic"

Reply: "I'M AN ALCOHOLIC, MY NAME IS ________" How Did The "I'm An Alcoholic" Custom Start?

Who was the first to start a meeting or a qualification with the statement, "I'm an alcoholic"? How did the worldwide custom begin?

As late co-founder Bill W. used to observe: "Nobody invented AA. It just grew." And so probably did its classic introduction at meetings.

"Many members ask these questions." says [past] G.S.O. archivist, Frank M. "Unfortunately, only a few earlytimers are left, and not many of them are able to produce plausible theories. So we can only speculate."

According to an early friend of AA, the late Henrietta Seiberling, the expression dates back to meetings of AA's forerunner, The Oxford Group Movement, which had it's heyday in the early 1930's. Mrs. Seiberling, a non-alcoholic who had sought spiritual help in the Oxford Group meetings, introduced Bill to AA's other founder, Dr. Bob, then struggling to get sober in the Oxford Group.

At small meetings, the members knew one another and didn't need tonidentify themselves. But in the large "public" meetings, there was "witnessing," along the lines of an AA talk today, so personal identification became necessary. Chances are that someone at sometime said, "I'm an alcoholic" but, Mrs. Seiberling wasn't sure. Nor did she remember that the phrase was used at early AA meetings in Akron, before publication of the Big Book. In fact, she said the word "alcoholic" was rarely uttered, at least in Akron. People referred to themselves as "drunks" or "rum hounds" or "boozers" or other epithets reminiscent of the Temperance Movement that gained adherents during prohibition.

An early New York AA first heard expression as "I'm an alcoholic and my name is...". According to his recollection, that was after World War II, in 1945 or 1946. And it is a matter of record that, in 1947, a documentary film, "I'm an alcoholic" was produced by RKO. From there on, as Bill might say, the custom "just grew."

Source: Box 459

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232 - December 2, 2009 7:14 am

Name:

Jeff F

Location:

Flag Northridge, CA. USA

Comments:

In the big book on page 15, what city is Bill W referring to when he writes "In one western city and its environs there are one thousand of us and our families." ?

Reply: Akron, Ohio

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231 - November 30, 2009 2:35 pm

Name:

Dora H

Location:

Flag Lancaster,PA

Comments:

Where can I find the comment about the camel and it's humps as it relates to an alcoholic? Also, where did the saying "keep the plug in the jug" come from?


Reply: The camel each day goes twice to his knees;
He picks up his load with the greatest of ease;
He goes through the day with his head held high;
And he stays for that day completely dry.

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230 - November 14, 2009 2:11 pm

Name:

jason c

Location:

Flag kew gardens, ny. usa

Comments:

On your "what day of the week did you get sober page" it says februaury 29 was in thses years....
But there was not Feb 29 in 2000. There is no leap year in the "00" years. My mind is a terrible thing to waste.

Thanks for your service.

Reply: Jason, I hope my wife doesn't find out...we were married on February 29, 2000!

1)Every year that is evenly divisible by four is a leap year;
2)of those years, if it can be evenly divided by 100, it is NOT a leap year, unless
3)the year is evenly divisible by 400. Then it is a leap year.
4) 2000 WAS a leap year.

According to the above criteria, that means that years 1800, 1900, 2100, 2200, 2300 and 2500 are NOT leap years, while year 2000 and 2400 are leap years.

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229 - November 7, 2009 4:16 pm

Name:

carl c

Location:

Flag dubois pa

Comments:

I HAVE 10 YEARS SOBER WHAT I DONT UNDERSTAND ARE WE RECOVERING OR RECOVERD AFTER THE STEPS

Reply: Carl, we recover from "hopelessness", not from "alcoholism"...it is cited numerous times in the book...by the way, after 10 years, you dont know your email address either! :)
It bounced on us when we sent you a very detailed answer citing all of the page numbers involved in our answer. Thanks for asking though!

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228 - November 5, 2009 6:44 pm

Name:

Dona B

Location:

Flag Danville CA

Comments:

I have an original 1st print 1st copy BB. Inside the cover 2 names are written.
Al Rummel 594 E.99th St. and Pauline Murray, 1635 Pontiac, East Cleveland. Any clue who these 2 might be or if they stayed sober? I know its a long shot, but you never know. Dona

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227 - September 27, 2009 3:09 pm

Name:

John C

Location:

Flag Australia

Comments:

Hi -Trying to get in contact with reknowned speaker And sober since early '60s Bob Earll from (I believe) Redondo Beach Calif.

Thankyou

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