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A.A. Members & Writings of: Others

In AA’s First Five Years -Lois W., wife of AA’s co-founder, Bill W., recalls the time in AA when there were few members and no Big Book.

Lois W. : Bill W.'s Wife -"I believe that people are good if you give them half a chance and that good is more powerful than evil. The world seems to me excruciatingly, almost painfully beautiful at times, and the goodness and kindness of people often exceed that which even I expect." -Lois W.

Dr. Carl Jung's Letter To Bill W. -Dated January 30, 1961, In reply to Bill's letter above thats dated January 23, 1961. (Read Bill's letter to Dr. Jung, here)

Sybil C. -First Woman in AA West of the Mississippi.

In Remembrance of "Ebby" -"In his seventieth year, and on the twenty-first of March, my friend and sponsor "Ebby" passed beyond our sight and hearing." -by Bill W.

Rowland H., The Messenger -Rowland H., brought the message to Ebby T. who brought the message to Bill W.

Bill D., AA's #3 -"Well, this is wonderful for you fellows, but can't be for me. My case is so terrible that I'm scared to go out of this hospital at all. You don't have to sell me religion, either. I was at one time a deacon in the church and I still believe in God. But I guess he doesn't believe much in me" -Bill D.

ERNIE G. - AA's #4 -The man generally considered A.A. number 4 was Ernie G., who first got sober in the summer of 1935, when Bill W. was still staying with Dr. Bob & Anne S. in Akron.

Transcript of talk by Gene Edmiston, A.A.#28 -Joined AA on the July 4th weekend pf 1939. Gene went back out for a couple years, his sobriety date was about 1942 and sober until he died about 1980 or 1981.

Impressions of A. A. -by The Chicago Group (1940's) (note: as indicated on the AA History Buffs site, Jim B. had spoke to a friend in Chicago and was told that Impressions of A.A. pamphlet was written in the early 40's by Judge John T.)

Why We Were Chosen -Address by Judge John T., 4th Anniversary of the Chicago Group October 5, 1943

Bill W. & Jim B. Letters -For quite a few years, Bill W., co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, and Jim B., author of the 2nd and 3rd edition personal story in the Big Book titled: "Vicious Cycle", communicated via written correspondence between 1947 and 1965.

Dr. Paul's Interview -Dr. Paul's story 'Doctor, Alcoholic, Addict' was published in the Third Edition of the Big Book; his remarks on acceptance, which appear on pages 449 and 450, have been helpful to many AA members over the years. This interview was conducted by telephone to Dr. Paul's home in California.

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