Authors of the Stories from the Book

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Many heartfelt thanks go out to Nancy O., moderator of this very informative e-group, formally known as AA History Buffs, now known as AA History Lovers, and all else who helped her make possible her work and posting of these brief biographies.
-Biographies reprinted with permission

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Authors of the Stories from the Book,
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS

The person behind the stories -who they are and a brief biography.


Acknowledgments and credits for all that follows -for story author biographies. Thanks to Nancy O. moderator of AA History Buffs (AA History Lovers) and all mentioned in this acknowledgments and credits document, Nancy's and others from around the country's hard work made possible the following Big Book story authors brief biographies.

Author Unknown -Akron, Ohio, "Ace Full-Seven-Eleven" -from the Original Manuscript (OM), p. 62. -never published in the Big Book.
(Hank) Henry P. -New Jersey, "The Unbeliever" -1st edition Big Book. (Click Here For more resources on Hank P)
Florence R. -New York City, "A Feminine Victory" -1st edition Big Book. (Click Here For more resources on Florence R.)
William R. -New Jersey, "A Business Man's Recovery" -1st edition Big Book. (Click Here For more resources on Bill R.)
Harry B. -New York, "A Different Slant" -1st edition Big Book. (Click Here For more resources on Harry B.)
Walter B. -Cleveland, Ohio, "The Back-Slider" -1st edition Big Book. (Click Here For more resources on Walter B.)
Ernie G. -Akron, Ohio, "The Seventh Month Slip" -1st edition Big Book. (Click Here For more resources on Ernie G.)
Tom L. -Akron, Ohio, "My Wife and I" -1st edition Big Book. (Click Here For more resources on Tom L.)
William (Bill) V. H. -Akron or Kent, Ohio, "A Ward of the Probate Court" -1st edition Big Book. (Click Here For more resources on Bill V.H.)
Charlie S. -Akron, Ohio, "Riding the Rods" -1st edition Big Book. (Click Here For more resources on Charlie S.)
Bob O. -Richfield (Akron), Ohio, "The Salesman" -1st edition Big Book. (Click Here For more resources on Bob O.)
Wallace (Wally) G. -Akron, Ohio, "Fired Again" -1st edition Big Book. (Click Here For more resources on Wally G.)
Paul S. -Akron, Ohio, "Truth Freed Me!" -1st edition Big Book. (Click Here For more resources on Paul S.)
Harold S. -Brooklyn, New York, "Smile With Me, At Me" -1st edition Big Book.
Henry J. Z. -Akron, Ohio, "A Close Shave" -1st edition Big Book. (Click Here For more resources on Henry J.Z.)
Norman H. -Darien, Connecticut, "Educated Agnostic" -1st edition Big Book. (Click Here For more resources on Norman H.)
Ralph F. -Springfield, Massachusetts? Darien, Conn.?, "Another Prodigal Story" -1st edition Big Book. (Click Here For more resources on Ralph F.)
Myron W. -New York City, "Hindsight" -1st edition Big Book. (Click Here For more resources on Myron W.)
Horace R. (Popsy) M. -New York City, "On His Way" -1st edition Big Book. (Click Here For more resources on Popsy)
Marie B. -Cleveland, Ohio, "An Alcoholic's Wife" -1st edition Big Book. (Click Here For more resources on Marie B.)
Ray C. -New York City, "An Artist's Concept" -1st edition Big Book. (Click Here For more resources on Ray C.)
Lloyd T. -New York City, "The Rolling Stone" -1st edition Big Book. (Click Here For more resources on Lloyd T.)
Pat C. -Los Angeles, California, "Lone Endeavor" -1st edition Big Book, 1st printing only.

Second Edition Stories Removed

John P. -Tuscaloosa, Alabama, "The Professor and the Paradox" -Big Book's 2nd edition. (Click Here For more resources on John P.)
Author Unknown -Canada, "His Conscience" -Big Book's 2nd edition.
Fred (last name?) -New York, "New Vision for a Scuptor" -Big Book's 2nd edition.
Joe M. -The Bronx, NY, "Joe's Woes" -Big Book's 2nd edition. (Click Here For more resources on Joe M.)
Bill G. -New Jersey, "There's Nothing the Matter with Me!" -Big Book's 2nd edition. (Click Here For more resources on Bill G.)
Annie C. -New York City, "Annie the Cop Fighter" -Big Book's 2nd edition. (Click Here For more resources on Annie C.)
Nancy F. -New York City, "The Independent Blonde" -Big Book's 2nd edition. (Click Here For more resources on Nancy F.) -Nancy's interview with The Grapevine.
Pioneers of A.A.
Robert H. S., M.D. -Akron, Ohio, "The Doctor's Nightmare" in 1st edition, retitled in 2nd edition "Doctor Bob's Nightmare" (Click Here For more resources on Dr. Bob) Also see: Dr. Bob and Alcoholics Anonymous: Younger Years -by Dick B. - A new site devoted exclusively to facts about A.A. co-founder Robert Holbrook Smith, M.D. (Dr. Bob).
Bill D. -Akron, Ohio, "Alcoholics Anonymous Number Three" -2nd and 3rd Big Book editions. "The Man on the Bed" (Click Here For more resources on Bill D.)
Dick S. -Akron, Ohio, "The Car Smasher" in 1st edition, rewritten & retitled: "He Had to be Shown" in 2nd edition -All three Big Book editions (Click Here For more resources on Dick S.).
Abby G. -Akron, Ohio, "He Thought He Could Drink like a Gentleman" -2nd and 3rd Big Book editions. (Click Here For more resources on Abby G.)
Margaret "Marty" M. -New York City and Connecticut, "Women Suffer Too" -2nd and 3rd Big Book editions. (Click Here For more resources on Marty M.)
Joe D. -Cleveland, Ohio, "The European Drinker" in 1st edition, "The European Drinker" edited in the 2nd edition -All three Big Book editions. (Click Here For more resources on Joe D.)
Jim B. -Washington, D.C., "The Vicious Cycle" -2nd and 3rd Big Book editions. (Click Here For more resources on Jimmy B.)
Jim S. -Akron, Ohio, "Traveler, Editor, Scholar" -2nd and 3rd Big Book editions. (Click Here For more resources on Jim S.)
Ethel M. -Akron, Ohio, "From Farm to City" -2nd and 3rd Big Book editions. (Click Here For more resources on Ethel M.)
Archie T. -Grosse Point, Michigan, "The Fearful One" in 1st edition, retitled and rewritten in 2nd edition, "The Man Who Mastered Fear"-All three Big Book editions. (Click Here For more resources on Archie T.)
Earl T. -Chicago, Illinois, "He Sold Himself Short" -2nd and 3rd Big Book editions. (Click Here For more resources on Earl T.)
Clarence S. -Cleveland, Ohio, "Home Brewmeister" in 1st edition, "Home Brewmeister" edited in 2nd edition -All three Big Book editions. (Click Here For more resources on Clarence S.)
Sylvia K. -Chicago, Illinois, "The Keys of the Kingdom" -2nd and 3rd Big Book editions. (Click Here For more resources on Sylvia K.)
They Stopped in Time
Author Unknown -State?, City?, "Too Young?" -third Big Book edition.
Ceil F. -New York City, "Fear of Fear" -2nd and 3rd Big Book editions. (Click Here For more resources on Ceil)
Cecil (Teet) C. - "Those Golden Years" -third Big Book editions. (Click Here For more resources on Cecil C.)
Author Unknown -State?, City?, "The Housewife Who Drank at Home" -2nd and 3rd Big Book editions.
Author Unknown -Lucknow, India, "Lifesaving Words" -third Big Book edition.
Lisa -Washington State, "A Teen-ager's Decision" -third Big Book edition. (Click Here For more resources on Lisa)
Dr. Earle M. -San Francisco Bay Area, CA, "Physician Heal Thyself!" -2nd and 3rd Big Book editions. (Click Here For more resources on Earle M.)
Pete W. -Pittsburgh, PA., "Rum, Radio and Rebellion" -2nd and 3rd Big Book editions. (Click Here For more resources on Pete W.)
Author Unknown - "Any Day was Washday" -third Big Book edition.
Chet R. - "It Might Have Been Worse" -2nd and 3rd Big Book editions. (Click Here For more resources on Chet R.)
Esther E. - "A Flower of the South" -2nd and 3rd Big Book editions. (Click Here For more resources on Esther E.)
Author Unknown - "Calculaying the Costs" -third Big Book edition.
Harris K. -Growing Up All Over Again" -third Big Book edition.. (Click Here For more resources on Harris K.)
Author Unknown -Chicago, Illinois, "Unto the Second Generation" -2nd and 3rd Big Book editions.
Felicia G. -New York City, "Stars Don't Fall" -2nd and 3rd Big Book editions. (Click Here For more resources on Felicia G.)
Author Unknown - "Me an Alcoholic?" -2nd and 3rd Big Book editions.
Dr. Paul O. -Laguna Niguel, California, "Doctor, Alcoholic, Addict" -third Big Book edition. (Click Here For more resources on Paul O., M.D.) -Dr. Paul's interview with The Grapevine
They Lost Nearly All
Morris B. -Long Island, New York, "A Five-Time Loser Wins" -third Big Book edition. (Click Here For more resources on Morris B.)
Helen B. -New York, "Promoted to Chronic" -2nd and 3rd Big Book editions. (Click Here For more resources on Helen B.)
Maynard B. - "Join the Tribe" -third Big Book edition. (Click Here For more resources on Maynard B.)
Author Unknown - "Belle of the Bar" -third Big Book edition.
Jim S. -Washington, D.C., "Jim's Story" -2nd and 3rd Big Book editions. (Click Here For more resources on Jim S.)
John Henry F. (Fitz) M. -Cumberstone, Maryland, "Our Southern Friend" in 1st edition, edited in 2nd edition "Our Southern Friend" -All three Big Book editions. (Click Here For more resources on Fitz M.)
Pat M. -New York City, "Desperation Drinking" -2nd and 3rd Big Book editions. (Click Here For more resources on Pat M.)
Author Unknown -New York City, "The Prisoner Freed" -2nd and 3rd Big Book editions.
Sackville O'C. M. -Dublin, Ireland, "The Career Officer" -2nd and 3rd Big Book editions. (Click Here For more resources on Sackville O'C. M.)
Bertha V. - "Another Chance" -third Big Book edition. (Click Here For more resources on Bertha V.)
E.B.R. "Bob" -New York City, "He Who Loses His Life" -2nd and 3rd Big Book editions. (Click Here For more resources on E.B. 'Bob' R.)
Wynn C. L. -California, "Freedom From Bondage" -2nd and 3rd Big Book editions. (Click Here For more resources on Wynn L.)
Bob P. - "A.A. Taught Him to Handle Sobriety" -third Big Book edition. (Click Here For more resources on Bob P.)

Fourth Edition Big Book Story Authors

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Jane D. -Philadelphia, "Student of Life", on page 319 of the Fourth Edition Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous.
Dave B. -Montreal, Quebec, Canada, "Gratitude in Action", on page 193 of the Fourth Edition Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous.


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