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Timelines in AA History
1951 to Present


dot.jpg 1951-1952 -12 & 12 written, 1st published 2 editions, 1 distribution A.A. groups, 2nd costing $.50 more intended sale bookstores & distributed through Harper & Brothers (P 352, 355-356)

dot.jpg 1955-1967 -A.A. groups increases 5,927 to 13,279, overseas groups 20% A.A. population (A x)

dot.jpg 1956-1960 -Nell Wing worked alone most time, Bill visited weekly (G 16)

dot.jpg 1956-1961 -Leonard V. Harrison chairman board (G 74)

dot.jpg 1957-1966 -Dr. Harry Tiebout General Service Board Class Trustee (G 67)

dot.jpg 1958-1961 -Al S. director A.A. Grapevine Inc & trustee General Service Board (G 89)

dot.jpg 1960's (early)-Bill reacquainted Joe Hirshhorn, brilliant financier, employed Bill during early 1930's no 1 else would; Bill became involved new idea converting heat into electricity; U.S. military instituted alcoholism & drug abuse programs; New York annual Bill's Birthday Dinners, Harold Hughes Senate Hearings alcoholism Bill involved; A.A. membership spread worldwide; 1st triannual A.A. membership survey 1960's; General Service Conference changed provide 2/3 A.A. members 1/3 nonalcoholics & adopted 12 Concepts World Service; pamphlet 12 Concepts World Service published; Bill retired active participation; critical A.A. article Arthur Cain Harper's magazine & Saturday Evening Post; Dr. Humphrey Osmond & Dr. Abram Hoffer reported some success treating depression vitamin B-3 niacin, Bill tried, put out 3 papers; A.A. headquarters took entire 14th floor old building East 45th Street; Bill wrote Dr. Carl Jung (B 361-362) (G 20, 44-54, 90) (L 159) (N 137, 304) (P 274, 379-380)

late 60's -emphysema curtailing Bill's activities (G 27)

dot.jpg 1963-1967 -rapid overseas growth (A x)

dot.jpg 1970's -Hughes Bill resulted federal money alcoholism prevention & treatment, brought large numbers treatment graduates A.A.; Dr. Norris others invited speak overseas professional meetings; better understanding General Service Office; Rand Report suggested A.A.'s emphasis abstinence inaccurate-some alcoholics could drink; special groups young people, women, nonsmokers, elderly, doctors, lawyers, airline pilots [Birds Feather], gays; scores programs using 12 Steps formed

mid 70's -Sheila T. joined Nell Wing & Harriet G. help archives (G 126)
end 70's -Big Book selling millions copies (G 92-93)

dot.jpg 1971-1982 -Nell Wing General Service office archivist (W 182)

dot.jpg 1976-1985 -Michael Alexander A.A. Trustee (G 140)

dot.jpg 1980's (mid) -A.A. found way Soviet Union (E 54)

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