Stories from the 1940s

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Points of View Dear Grapevine: As a non-alcoholic, I write this in a spirit of envy. Through friends in A.A. I have had the opportunity for several months to see the remarkable results of your program and it is beginning to seem as though alcoholics were getting... E. K. November 1944
Points of View Dear Grapevine (Complaint Division): As one of the two original Boston subscribers to an essential A.A. ingredient, The Grapevine, why, oh why, and by what lottery-like methods do you send out your copies by mail? . . .We have been plugging the... John L. P. November 1944
Points of View Dear Grapevine: Just a line to let you know that I am receiving my Grapevine and how much I enjoy it. . . . I would like to know if you would consider sending it to a young man in the State Penitentiary at McAlester. He read the copy of the book... Cody C. November 1944
Points of View Dear Grapevine: We thought Grapevine readers might be interested in what has happened at the offices of the National Committee for Education on Alcoholism in the two weeks it has been opened, as those happenings affect A.A. Almost every piece of... Marty M. November 1944
Mail Call for All A. A.s in the Armed Forces On this page in the July issue, we printed a letter from Sergeant Bob H., then in Hawaii. Bob has recently returned from the Islands to attend Officer's Candidate School in the United States. While he was in New York on furlough, we asked him to... November 1944
Points of View Dear Grapevine: You have asked me to write a little piece on How it Feels to be the Mother of an Alcoholic. I have been one for so many years that it is difficult to remember anything particularly unusual about the feeling. For indeed. . . again and... Mother of "J. December 1944
Points of View Dear Mother of "J.": I cannot tell how poignantly I am stirred by the letter you wrote The Grapevine about your alcoholic son. Just ten years ago my own mother, after years of frantic bewilderment, lost hope. Long a chronic problem drinker, I had... Bill W. December 1944
Mail Call for All A. A.s in the Armed Forces Our mail from A.A.s in the armed forces comes from all corners of the globe and has been particularly gratifying. The Grapevine sends to all members in Service its Christmas greetings and the fervent wish that soon they may be with us again in... Hugh P., SF 1/c December 1944
Mail Call for All A. A.s in the Armed Forces "Received your letter a couple of days back and I'll try to give you a little dope now. Our life is improving somewhat around here; when one stops to consider that everything has to come in by ship over thousands of miles of water, these guys... December 1944
Mail Call for All A. A.s in the Armed Forces Italy, October 6, 1944 "Dear Marty: I have enclosed a clipping from our Service Paper (Stars & Stripes, Mediterranean edition). I hope it's the first 'clipping service' from this part of the world with regard to your newest endeavor in the field... December 1944