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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).
MEMORIAL SERVICES for BILL WILSON
Our beloved Bill is dead. Even as I stand before you and say the words, I cannot really believe that it is true. In my heart I choose to believe that Bill is here with us at this very moment. And I somehow can almost hear him saying in that half-amused, half-embarrassed way of his, “Oh come on now Jack, do you really think all this fuss is necessary?”
A Tribute To Sister Ignatia
SISTER MARY IGNATIA, one of the finest friends that we of AA shall ever know, went to her reward Friday morning, April first, nineteen hundred sixty-six. Next day, the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine opened their Mother House to visitors. More than one thousand of them signed the guest book in the first two hours….
A Tribute to Bob Smith -by Dick B.
Son of cofounder Dr Bob. Bob Smith is dead. As his lovely wife Mona has written, thousands will be writing condolences and mourning the loss of this great warrior—“The Amazing Bob,” as Mona called him in her reports of his recent illness and hospitalization.
In Memoriam-Nancy Moyer Olson –©Hindsfoot Foundation
Nancy Moyer was born on September 18, 1929, in Kingston, a town of around 7,000 in northeastern Pennsylvania right across the Susquehanna river from Wilkes-Barre. (Olson was a last name which she picked up in a brief marriage later on.) The town’s life centered around the mining of anthracite coal, “black diamonds.”
Fr. Ralph Pfau, AKA Fr. John Doe -by Nancy O.
Today is the anniversary of Fr. Ralph Pfau’s death. He is believed to have been the first Roman Catholic priest to enter Alcoholics Anonymous. Fr. Pfau was born on November 10, 1904, and died on February 19, 1967.
Ebby -by Mel B. (Toledo, Ohio)
“Ebby had been enabled to bring me the gift of grace because he could reach me at depth through the language of the heart. He had pushed ajar that great gate through which all in AA have since passed to find their freedom under God.” — Bill W., Grapevine
In Memoriam of Big Al -Big Al M., sober 12/017/73 to 09/21/2000
Frank N. (Syracuse, Indiana), our Area 22 Northern Indiana Archivist, has written this memorial of his sponsor Big Al Miller. Big Al lived in Milford IN, a small town on State Road 15 in Kosciusko county. He was born on May 22, 1931 and died on September 21, 2000; he got sober on Dec. 1, 1973. Big Al became a member of the Area 22 Archives Committee during the formative period which began in the mid-1990s,….