You can also find some new, surprising, and welcome details in the work of Richard K. on early AA cures. He documents over a decade of comments and news articles reporting the cures in early AA. He documents the first forty pioneers as to geographical area, sobriety dates, and ultimate outcomes. Richard has three titles which should be in your library if you want accurate information on early AA success rates and cures. After fourteen years of research and writing, and also building on Richard K.’s recent splendid research and writing, I believe the following facts can be sustained and documented: 1. The statement that all or most of the 40 AA pioneers got drunk or died drunk is without any foundation whatever. Some of those whose personal stories were included in the multilith and First Edition Big Book may have gotten drunk or even died drunk. But a list of these people is not congruous with the carefully documented list of the pioneers and their successes. 2. In early Akron AA and then in early Cleveland AA, names, addresses, phone numbers, and data about sobriety, relapses, and ultimate outcomes were commonplace. I personally have copies of Anne Smith’s address book which contains data on many of the pioneers. On the walls at Dr. Bob’s Home in Akron, there are pictures of a number of these pioneers. There are...Read More
Author: Dick B.
12 Step Influences From The Oxford Group – The “Facts” Were Colored by Most Historical Texts, Inadequate Investigation, and by Overtly Hostile Writers and Observers. The Critics and their Role in Creating a Factual Vacuum: You will find very little adequate information about the Oxford Group in either A.A.’s “Conference Approved” publications or in historical titles and articles written about A.A.’s “Oxford Group Connection.” Sadly, in fact, you will find little about the Oxford Group-as Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith knew it-by looking in the present-day literature of the surviving group. Perhaps this obvious void can be attributed...Read More
Many Claims. Many Errors. One Truth When was A.A. Founded? You’d think by now that everyone knew. Yet I was active in A.A. and its meetings for two or three years before I ever heard mention of the founding. Finally, I learned that the date was June 10, 1935 – the date that Dr. Bob had his last drink. But that didn’t satisfy today’s historians. They tinkered with dates and concluded that Dr. Bob didn’t have his last drink on June 10th, that the medical convention to which he went in Atlantic City never occurred when AAs said it...Read More
How Can History Help? Authors seem recently to have pounced on12 Step and A.A. history. Our Fellowship members pour into our web sites asking for information or sending us comments. And the search engines have really done the subject a great service as well. But what good can this interest in history do? Some charge we have become obsessed with early A.A. (1935 to 1938 and the 40 pioneers). Perhaps that’s true. Some are troubled that this rebirth of history interest speaks of an A.A. of yesteryear, not today. That is true! Still others seem dismayed that it will...Read More
The articles are designed to give you accurate information concerning the origin of the absolutes in Speer’s book The Principles of Jesus; their expansion in Wright’s book The Will of God and a Man’s Lifework; their adoption in the writings of Dr. Frank Buchman, Rev. Sam Shoemaker, and other Oxford Group writers; and their use in Akron’s first A.A. group as explained by Dr. Bob, his wife Anne Smith, and the AA of Akron pamphlets of the early days. Furthermore, unless you have knowledge of the sources in the Bible from which the Absolutes were taken by Dr. Speer,...Read More