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."

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