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24 - November 27, 2007 7:10 pm

Name:

Susan Mims

Location:

Jackson, MS

Comments:

Jim I am so sorry for your lost. He was a
good friend to you. Good friends are hard
to replace but memories are never forgotten.
Remember the good happy times and the joy of
having been a part of Bill's life. Sincerely
Susan

 

23 - November 27, 2007 12:01 pm

Name:

Jeanine Connelley

Location:

Hammond, LA

Comments:

My deepest sympathy to the Pittman Family and beloved friends, the Graves Family.

 

22 - November 27, 2007 8:45 am

Name:

Carl and Cheryl Schneider

Location:

Hammond, LA USA

Comments:

Bill, you came so close to moving to North Carolina, one of the most beautiful areas in the country: Wonderful fishing, beautiful mountains, and the stillness and grandeur that comes only from God!

God speed!

 

21 - November 26, 2007 8:26 am

Name:

Warren Adam

Location:

Rockford, IL USA

Comments:

I first became acquainted with Bill because of my interest in the Hazelden-Pittman Archives and AA History in general. As an alumni and Hazelden Board Member, I frequently visited Bill at Hazelden and discussed the Archives and the books he was publishing.

I have known Bill for over 10 years. I have always considered him a close friend. He was a generous person and one upon whom I could always depend. I will miss him sorely.

 

20 - November 25, 2007 5:51 pm

Name:

Edith

Location:

Slidell, LA 70458

Comments:

I am grieved to hear of Mr. Pittman's death.
Was he an alcoholic in recovery. I just joined Al-Anon for "Real" this time.

Are any of his books available? I was going to type a copy of 12 Step Prayers for my 1st alcoholic, but if I can order it that would be better.

 

19 - November 24, 2007 9:15 am

Name:

Dave W.

Location:

Daytona Beach, Florida USA

Comments:

Bill came here to Daytona to help me organize papers passed on to our intergroup archives that were about Richmond Walker. He gave us much of his time and knowledge on this matter. I am so sorry to here of his passing. He had so much to give and gave. I will miss his spiritualty also. Now he is with the Lord and helping up there, I know.

 

18 - November 24, 2007 6:52 am

Name:

Cecile S.

Location:

Montreal, Canada

Comments:

Thank you for having been here and all the good you have done and left, we'll meet again soon, say hello to all the AA's aleady there. Love Cecile.

 

17 - November 23, 2007 3:04 pm

Name:

Patty Botes

Location:

Eden Prairie, Minnesota USA

Comments:

I will miss Bill. I spent many hours reading through the Bill's AA collection when he came to Hazelden and hours listening to his stories. He gave me a huge thirst to know the history of AA and the understanding of all those who played such an important in our early years. I am so thankful for the legacy he gave to AA through his writings and compilations. He gave an immense gift to those of us in recovery. I hope his name lives on at Hazelden, The Wilson House, and the Retreat. And I hope that there are others "out there" that will be inspired to know more and write more about our history. Thank you Bill, "you done good". Your friend, Patty Botes

 

16 - November 14, 2007 9:22 pm

Name:

Sally Brown and David R Brown

Location:

Palo Alto, CA USA

Comments:

A Biography of Mrs. Marty Mann - The First Lady of Alcoholics Anonymous, was a major Hazelden production, and one of the last books published under the imprint of Hazelden-Pittman Archives Press (2001).

This is how our association with Bill Pittman came about. We had a completed manuscript which we had been unsuccessfully shopping to mainline publishers, but not to specialty houses like Hazelden. Then one day we attended a local celebration of the NCADD Silicon Valley affiliate. We happened to bring with us flyers we had produced about the book. One of the attendees was a Hazelden representative. Unbeknownst to us, she took a flyer back to Center City.

Imagine our astonishment when, a few days later, we received a phone call from Bill Pittman's assistant, saying Hazelden wished to publish the book.

"But you haven't even seen the manuscript," Sally replied disbelievingly.

"Oh, that's all right," was the answer. "Bill Pittman is ready to publish your book."

"Ok, send us a contract, and we'll take it from there," she said. He promptly agreed, and we hung up.

That was our introduction to Bill Pittman. We quickly discovered that when he wanted something, he moved fast to get it. Our association with him was an author's dream.

He immediately assigned us to a first-rate editor, but we don't believe we had to make any real changes in the manuscript. The original hardback was a classy production. The more recent softcover retains the same high quality even though Bill had left Hazelden before then.

We are very grateful for Bill Pittman's vision and determination.

"When we walk to the edge of all the light we have,
And take that step into the darkness of the unknown,
We must believe that one of two things will happen -
There will be something solid for us to stand on,
Or we will be taught how to fly."
"Faith" by Patrick Overter

Bill Pittman knew how to fly with both feet on the ground.

 

15 - November 14, 2007 8:39 pm

Name:

Richard G. Burns, J.D. (pen name Dick B.)

Location:

Kihei, Hawaii, USA

Comments:

My tribute to Bill has been posted on my website for several days on the tributes page--www.dickb.com/index.shtml. So I will merely add here that he was a good friend, colleague, steeped in A.A. history, determined to get it straight, and always willing to talk and help. God Bless, Dick B.

 

14 - November 14, 2007 5:34 pm

Name:

Cookie Sweatt

Location:

Edina, MN USA

Comments:

Bill and I had a few occasions where we were together at an AA function, many times sharing the same flight.

He gave one of his history presentations on a cruise and right during his picture slide show up would come a picture of Bill wearing his fishing hat. It was such a silly pose and so funny to me and was laughing so hard I had to leave the room.

He was so valuable to all of us in many different was. I consider my self extra lucky just to know him.

I know he will be waiting at the BIG meeting in the sky. If I get to see him I am just sure he will have a book for me to read with ALL the facts.

With all my condolences to his family at the loss. He was an example of a sober member of AA

 

13 - November 14, 2007 2:39 pm

Name:

Adrian Ruiz

Location:

Sacamento,Ca,US

Comments:

My prayer will be with you all!

 

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