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That happened very shortly after Dr. Bob himself got sober. FDR changed Thanksgiving. We call Armistice Day Veterans Day.

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And on and on. I am convinced it began at Dr. I am convinced that Bob and Bill agreed that it began when he took his last drink.

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Do you know when A. I know what it was, where it began, when it began, and how it was practiced. People who have never met or even read much about Bill Wilson, Dr. Bob, or the original days in Akron. Yet there never was more light shining on the cure for alcoholism.

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Richard K. Their names can be found on a dozen rosters.

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The pictures of many are on the walls at Dr. Fifty per cent got sober and stayed sober, despite the fact that many a creative A. In the second place, the program came from the Bible. Bob had studied the Bible all his life and began refreshing his memory as a youngster. He read the Bible straight through three times. Bob and Bill stayed up until the wee hours of the morning every day that Bill stayed at the Smith home in Akron in the summer of Later, when asked a question about the program, Dr.

Over and over, Bob emphasized that the Book of James, the sermon on the mount Matthew 5, 6, 7 , and 1 Corinthians 13 were absolutely essential. And Bob and Bill both said that the sermon on the mount contained the underlying philosophy of A. The Bible was stressed, and AAs said so. You can read it in DR. Conference Approved book published in In fact, in his last major talk to AAs-which is on tape, which has been edited and reprinted, and which can be found in A. Bob said A. Sam Shoemaker to write the Steps , and even though the actual vote authorizing Bill to write a textbook was controversial, was taken in Akron, and occurred in or before Bill ever began writing the Big Book.

So, by , when Bill and Bob had counted noses, found that some 40 men were maintaining continuous sobriety-some for as long as two years, and concluded that God had shown them how to pass along their program, the program could certainly be said to have been completed. The program in Akron had, under the leadership of Dr. Bob, worked so well that Bill managed to persuade John D.

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Rockefeller, Jr. Rockefeller dispatched his representative, Frank Amos, to Akron to investigate. And Amos did just that. He interviewed doctors, judges, AAs, family members, and Dr. Bob himself.

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He concluded the program bore close resemblance to First Century Christianity as described in the Book of Acts. He submitted two reports to Rockefeller, and Amos was later to become an A. Some of the Amos Reports can be found in DR. But I wanted to see the originals. So I went to A. I saw the reports and verified the basic accuracy of the A. Nor did Amos discuss the surrender with Dr. Bob at the conclusion of the brief hospitalization.

For it was then that the newcomer dealt with three issues: 1 Did he believe in God. Bob and pray. There is much more in terms of activity-Morning quiet time with Anne Smith at the Smith home, individual quiet time, the Wednesday Oxford Group meeting, regular informal meetings at the Wilson Home, Bible study and prayer and the reading of Christian literature being circulated, talks with Dr. Bob and Anne and Henrietta Seiberling, and visits to newcomers at the hospital. No drunkalogs. Watch list is full.


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