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Narrative Timeline Of AA History
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Narrative Timeline Of AA History 1774
U discontinued the School of Alcohol Studies. The school
relocated to Rutgers, State U of NJ, in New Brunswick. (GB
Mary B joined the GSB as the first alcoholic woman Trustee.
Roosevelt Hotel in NYC. Theme: One Primary Purpose. The
12th GSC recommended that:
unanimously to accept Bills manuscript on Twelve
Concepts for World Service and recommended that it be
distributed initially as a supplement to, and eventually
as an integral part of, the Third Legacy Manual. (Fl
Grapevine board, at the request of the delegate from
Puerto Rico, will investigate the possibility of printing
the Grapevine in Spanish. (Gv)
proposal to change the ratio of the GSB was voted down.
the cartoon strip Victor E, drawn by Editor Jack M, first
appeared in the Grapevine. (1989
Warner Brothers film Days of Wine and Roses premiered. (BW-FH
229) AA cooperated in its production. (AACOA
ix) It starred Jack Lemmon and Lee Remick. The TV
version portrayed the story as occurring in NY. The film
version was set in San Francisco. Nominated for several
Academy Awards, it won Best Song. (www)
of Twelve Concepts for World Service. (AACOA
US and Canada General Service structure was organized into
six Regions. Regional Trustees were elected to the GSB.
The procedure replaced Area Trustees elected from single
Hotel Roosevelt in NYC. Theme: Function Rather Than Structure.
The 13th GSC recommended that:
is no such thing as an AA retreat. (PI)
GSC approved the GSB Trustees action in making
a special monthly grant ($200 per PIO
393 - $1,200 today) to Ebby T, the man who helped
co-founder Bill W achieve sobriety and who was indirectly
responsible for creation of the AA Fellowship. (Fl
393 says 1961)
proposed edition of the 12&12, smaller in size and
generally more compact than the existing edition be
approved. The proposed edition would presumably be used
for gifts and would be particularly useful to members
who travel. (Fl Act)
preparation of a small edition of the 12&12 be introduced
at the 30th Anniversary Convention in 1965, to be sold
at $3 ($18 today) or more be approved. (Policy)
modified his royalty agreement with AAWS so that 10% of
his royalties went to his mistress, Grapevine Editor, Helen
W. The agreement provided Bill and Lois with a comfortable
living on annual incomes between $30,000 to $40,000 during
the 1960s ($175,000 to $230,000 today).
At the time of Bills death (1971) it was around $56,000
($250,000 today). In the 1970s, royalties surged significantly
and it made Lois W quite rich. (PIO
393, BW-FH 192-193, GB
69-70, WPR 72)
(?), E. M. Jellinek died.
Dr Sam Shoemaker died. In a Feb 1967 memorial Grapevine
article, Bill W wrote, Dr Sam Shoemaker was one of
AAs indispensable. Had it not been for his ministry
to us in our early times, our Fellowship would not be in
existence today. (NW
56, GTBT 97)
membership was increased to 19 Trustees. (GSO)
Hotel Roosevelt in NYC. Theme: Practicing These Principles.
The 14th GSC recommended that:
agreement between Bill W, co-founder and AAWS, Inc.
covering royalties derived from Bills writings
be approved. Under the terms of the contract, a royalty
of 15% is paid to Bill, except that no royalties are
paid on overseas editions. Royalties are
to be paid to Bill and Lois, his wife, during their
lifetimes; following the deaths of Bill and Lois, royalties
revert in shares of royalties to living heirs. These
shares revert to AAWS upon the death of beneficiaries.
Not more than 20% may be bequeathed to any heir under
the age of 40 years as of the date of the agreement
between Bill and AAWS (Apr 29, 1963). The contract provides
protection of royalties against cheap books
and protection of AAWS and Bill against fluctuations
in general economic conditions. AAWS retains the right
of first refusal on any future literary
works of Bills. (Fin)
Hotel Roosevelt in NYC. Theme: Responsibility To Those We
Serve. The 15th GSC recommended that:
small edition of the 12&12 be introduced at the
30th Anniversary Convention be approved.
AAs 30th anniversary and fourth Intl Convention
at Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Theme: Responsibility. Est.
attendance 10,500. Keynote The Declaration. AAs responsibility
pledge: I am responsible. When anyone, anywhere, reaches
out for help, I want the hand of AA always to be there.
and for that I am responsible. The film Bills Own
Story was shown for the first time. (AACOA
x, NG 142)
Bill W enthusiastically embraced a campaign to promote vitamin
B3 (niacin - nicotinic acid) therapy and created Traditions
issues within the Fellowship. (PIO
Narrative Timeline Of AA History
1774 to 2003