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"A Different Slant"
Harry B., New York.
(OM, p. 252 in 1st edition.)
His date of sobriety was
probably June 1938. It is said that he sued to get the money
he had loaned A.A. to get the Big Book published refunded.
Harry was probably an accountant.
He is believed to be "Fred, a partner in a well known accounting
firm" whose story is told on pages 39 through 43 of the
He was happily married with
fine children, sufficient income to indulge his whims and
future financial security. He was known as a conservative,
sound businessman. To all appearances he was a stable, well-balanced
individual, with an attractive personality who made friends
However, he missed going
to his office several times because of drinking, and when
he failed in efforts to stop on his own, had to be hospitalizeda
blow to his ego. At the hospital a doctor told him about
a group of men staying sober, and he reluctantly consented
to have one of them call on him, only to be polite to the
doctor. He refused help from the man who called on him,
but within sixty days, after leaving the hospital the second
time, he was pounding at his door, willing to do anything
to conquer the vicious thing that had conquered him.
He soon learned that not
only had his drinking problem been relieved, but quite as
important was the discovery that spiritual principles would
solve all his problems.
While his old way of living
was by no means a bad one, he would not go back to it he
would not go back to it even if he could. His worst days
in the fellowship were better than his best days when he
His story is the shortest
in the 1st edition. He had only one point he wanted to make.
Even a man with everything money can buy, a man with tremendous
pride and will power to function in all ordinary circumstances,
could become an alcoholic and find himself as hopeless and
helpless as the man who has a multitude of worries and troubles.
Doctor Earl M. ("Physician Heal Thyself") described this
as "the skid row of success," p. 345, 3rd edition.
Harry served on the first
board of trustees of the Alcoholic Foundation, replacing
Bill R., who got drunk. Soon Harry was drunk, too.