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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!

 

12 - November 14, 2007 2:32 pm

Name:

Charlie Bishop, Jr.

Location:

Wheeling, WV, USA

Comments:

After 25 years of labor at AA in New York,
Glen Abbey Books in Seattle and Hazelden in
Minnesota, Bill disappeared for several years "to go fishing." No one could
find him. His self-imposed and mysterious sabbatical was not empty. I like to think
he was talking with his Higher Power and planning his memoirs or a Renaissance for the addiction field or some new "Grand Plan."
He was a good fisherman and fisher of men. He caught many fish and many drunks. And he didn't lie about either. I will miss him
greatly and gratefully. God bless Bill and his family.

 

11 - November 13, 2007 4:38 pm

Name:

Cherie' H.

Location:

Mt. Clemens, MI USA

Comments:

Thanks to Bill for the dedication he had to Alcoholics Anonymous and for helping to "Pass It On".

 

10 - November 13, 2007 7:18 am

Name:

Dustin Brown

Location:

Mulege, B.C.S. MEXICO

Comments:

He will be missed...

 

9 - November 12, 2007 9:46 pm

Name:

John Dunn

Location:

Coarsegold, Ca. USA

Comments:

Thank you for everything. You were a gift from God, and now you are with God.

 

8 - November 12, 2007 8:40 pm

Name:

Cliff B.

Location:

Dallas, Texas

Comments:

I've considered Bill as one of our most effective A.A. Historians. His book, "The Way It Began" was the book that initiated my interest in the way it began. His writings since then have continued to keep that interest alive. He was sincerely appreciated and he will be sincerely missed.

 

7 - November 12, 2007 7:31 pm

Name:

Mel Barger

Location:

Toledo, Ohio U.S.A.

Comments:

Bill Pittman was a very good friend. He visited us here in Toledo and always had new information to share. AA history was his passion and his contribution to it is large. I authored a book with Bill and am also indebted to him for publishing two of my books: "My Search for Bill W." and "Ebby: the Man Who Sponsored Bill W." We will all miss him.
Mel Barger, Toledo, Ohio

 

6 - November 12, 2007 6:59 pm

Name:

GARY GOVIER

Location:

VERNON, NEW JERSEY USA

Comments:

BILL, YOU WILL BE MISSED, YOUR BOOKS ALONG WITH THE BIG BOOK CHANGED MY LIFE. I WILL BE FOREVER THANKFUL.
SEMPER GRATUS, BIKERGARYG NEW JERSEY

 

5 - November 12, 2007 6:59 pm

Name:

Rick Tompkins

Location:

Antioch IL, USA

Comments:

My heartfelt sympathy for Bill's family on his unexpected passing. May the best memories filter through your grief, knowing that Bill has begun his eternal life in peace.
From a friend of Bill's (Bill P.), my prayers are with you.
Rick T., Area 20 Archives, Illinois

 

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