Monday, June 15, 2009

"A.A. faithful honor Smith at graveside"

"A.A. faithful honor Smith at graveside"
by the Beacon Journal staff

Article re the Mount Peach Cemetary ceremony honoring Dr Bob Smith, co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, on June 10, 1935.
  • "Thousands attended a graveside tribute today to Dr. Bob Smith, co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous."
  • "members of the organization placed their sobriety coins on the grave marker of the Akron physician"
  • "Each year, A.A. members converge on Akron in honor of Founders Day, which was observed this weekend."
  • "The weekend's events culminated with a motorcycle procession from the University of Akron to the cemetery, where Smith, who maintained his sobriety from the day A.A. was started until his death in 1950, and his wife, Annie, are buried."

Friday, June 12, 2009

"This Founders' Day marks A.A. milestones"

"This Founders' Day marks A.A. milestones"
by Jim Carney, Akron Beacon Journal staff writer

Article about Alcoholics Anonymous Founders Day activities in Akron, Ohio.
  • "This Founders' Day, Friday through Sunday, that image [Dr Bob and Bill W, sitting on bed with Bill Dotson] will be in the hearts of some 12,000 people who converge on Akron to remember the start of Alcoholics Anonymous on June 10, 1935, by Akron physician Dr. Robert Smith, known as Dr. Bob, and Bill Wilson, a New York stockbroker."
  • "'After that meeting at Akron City Hospital,' Gail L. said, Bill Dotson's life was changed. 'He leaves City Hospital on July Fourth a free man and is not to drink again,' she said."
  • "70th anniversary of the first hospital specialty unit to treat alcoholics, established by Sister Mary Ignatia and A.A. co-founder Smith at Akron's St. Thomas Hospital, now part of Summa Health System."
  • "And this year is also the 70th anniversary of the publication of A.A.'s Big Book, which has sold nearly 30 million copies since 1939."
  • "A.A. has about 2 million members worldwide who meet in about 115,000 groups. Roughly 1.2 million members in the United States meet in about 54,000 groups."
  • "The fact that A.A. was founded in Akron, Mervis said, brings notice to the area because it ''touches so many lives around the world'' and ''was started right here,'' he said."

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

"On This Day: Bill Wilson Founds Alcoholics Anonymous"

"On This Day: Bill Wilson Founds Alcoholics Anonymous"
from Find Dulcinea, by Cara McDonough

Article discussing the 74th anniversary, on June 10th, 1935, of the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous by Bill Wilson (Bill W.) and Dr. Robert Smith (Dr. Bob).

The 12 Promises of Alcoholics Anonymous

p 83-84

If we are painstaking about this phase of our development, we will be amazed before we are half way through.

We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness. We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it. We will comprehend the word serenity and we will know peace. No matter how far down the scale we have gone, we will see how our experience can benefit others. That feeling of uselessness and self-pity will disappear. We will lose interest in selfish things and gain interest in our fellows. Self-seeking will slip away. Our whole attitude and outlook upon life will change. Fear of people and of economic insecurity will leave us. We will intuitively know how to handle situations which used to baffle us. We will suddenly realize that God is doing for us what we could not do for ourselves.

Are these extravagant promises? We think not. They are being fulfilled among us—sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly. They will always materialize if we work for them.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

"Center Sponsoring Performances in Celebration of Founding of Alcoholics Anonymous"

"Center Sponsoring Performances in Celebration of Founding of Alcoholics Anonymous"
from Hiram College News

Wish I were a little bit closer -- would love to see this play about the founding of AA, and Dr. Bob and Bill W.
  • "The Center for Literature, Medicine, and Biomedical Humanities is sponsoring performances of “Bill W. and Dr. Bob” at Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens for Alcoholics Anonymous’ Founders Day Weekend on June 12 through 14, 2009."
  • "An overview of the play: 'In 1929, famous New York stockbroker Bill W. crashes with the stock market and becomes a hopeless drunk. Dr. Bob Smith, a surgeon from Ohio, has also been an alcoholic for thirty years, often going into the operating room with a hangover. Through an astonishing series of events, Bill W. and Dr. Bob Smith meet and form a relationship, each helping to keep the other sober. This is the amazing and often humorous story of the two men who pioneered Alcoholics Anonymous, as well as the story of their wives who founded Al Anon.'"
  • "The events, which honor the 74th anniversary of the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous, will be held at Stan Hywet’s Gate Lodge."

Friday, June 5, 2009

"How A.A. turned our nation from Christ"

"How A.A. Turned our nation from Christ"

Interesting article (from, which makes some valid points; however, I'm not sure I agree with all of it. For example:

"Since the 12 Steps, demonic in origin, have nothing to do with Christ, neither sin nor Biblical repentance is addressed."
  • "Demonic in origin"?
"The United States has been saturated with A.A. and other 12 Step groups for more than seven decades. As a direct result our respect, understanding, and desire for the Biblical God has faded."
  • I'd like to blame AA for this, but I seem to be capable of dishonoring God all by myself; whether drunk, or sober. My coffee addiction though? AA, definitely.
"According to a recent Barna survey, 'By a three to one margin (71% to 26%) adults noted that they are personally more likely to develop their own set of religious beliefs than to accept a comprehensive set of beliefs taught by a particular church.'
  • It might be a good sign that some adults aren't willing to "accept a comprehensive set of beliefs taught by a particular church." Considering some churches, I mean.
Incredibly, 61% of born again Christians also embraced this salad-bar approach. Obviously, many in the church today are not believers at all."
  • Using the term "born again Christians" is confusing. If we're referring to Christians, the redundant "born again" can be dropped; if we're referring to non-Christians, perhaps "born again Christians" should be in quotes, or else we can drop the "born again" altogether, and put just "Christians" in quotes. Since Christians don't eat at salad bars.
"Let us acknowledge that A.A. has helped some people get sober. A smattering has even found Christ while attending Alcoholics Anonymous."
  • Agreed

Thursday, June 4, 2009

"The James Club and the Original AA Program's Absolute Essentials"

"Take the name A.A., for instance," said John. "The people here in Akron didn't like it, and they were saying no. Wally G. -- said 'Hey, what's with this A.A. deal? We want to call it Saint James.' But Doc knew all the time that they were going to call it A.A.... They had it that way before we knew it. Then it dawned on Wally that he was arguing against it and they had already named it. Boy, that used to make him sore! But he was a nice guy."

From "The James Club and the Original AA Program's Absolute Essentials" (p 3)