Stories from the 1940s

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The Public What the public thinks about us is of ever increasing importance to each individual member of AA. If outside opinion ever has reason to turn sour on AA, it can slow down our growth. Give enough people enough cause to turn really critical--and public... H.S. November 1949
Memo To: Group SecretariesProgram Chairman How are you going to observe "Tradition Week" in your group? There is no precedent. You're going to be setting one. In fact, you may be establishing a new Tradition by the manner in which you conduct your "... THE EDITORS November 1949
The Twelve Traditions OUR GROUP EXPERIENCE SUGGESTS THAT: 1. Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon AA unity. 2. For our Group purpose there is but one ultimate authority- a loving God as He may express himself in our Group Conscience. Our... November 1949
. . . .On the 12th Tradition ALCOHOLICS Anonymous Traditions admonish us that to preserve harmony and to enhance the survival value of our movement, we should seriously respect the anonymous aspect of the Program. In Main Street America it is more difficult to remain anonymous... Doc. December 1949
The Pro's and Con's of A.A. Anniversaries THE May Guest Editorial on personal anniversaries is a masterpiece, and voices the opinion of many of our members. In our locality these anniversaries are getting to be a public demonstration of someone's popularity and there seems to be a tendency... J.B.R. July 1949
The Pro's and Con's of A.A. Anniversaries PLEASE thank T.D.Y. for that Guest Editorial, "Do We Make Too Much Of Anniversaries," in the May issue. I agree with everything he says about the dangers of anniversaries; I have wanted to say these things myself, but have perhaps been afraid of... G.M. July 1949
The Pro's and Con's of A.A. Anniversaries IN the May issue of The A.A. Grapevine there appeared a Guest Editorial by T.D.Y. entitled "Do We Make too Much of Anniversaries? " We agree most thoroughly with the points that were made but feel that, as is sometimes the case, there may be two... Anonymous July 1949
The Pro's and Con's of A.A. Anniversaries I WOULD like to take exception to T.D.Y. and his editorial on anniversaries in the May issue of The A.A. Grapevine. Perhaps the "dangerous" part may be true throughout the brotherhood the world over--I have no facts or figures to deny or affirm this... B.M. July 1949
The Arena THE editorial in the October issue of The A. A. Grapevine entitled, "We Approach Maturity," by Bill touches on two extremely important principles in the future of AA. They both hinge, to my way of thinking on policy of publicity and are therefore... H.C. December 1949
The Arena I HAVE been a member of Alcoholics Anonymous for 81/2 years and have subscribed to The A.A. Grapevine since its inception. There are several things which I want to bring to your attention. I do this respectfully, without rancor. First, I will call... A.G.R. December 1949