Stories from the 1950s

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Industry Looks at Alcoholism "WE don't have any problem with alcoholics. We fire them." The man who stated this tidy and smug little policy was attending a meeting of industrial personnel directors who had just been addressed by an industrial medical director. The medical... July 1950
On the Problem of Getting a Job IT is slightly difficult to impress a new member of AA, even a sober one, who does not know where his next meal is coming from or where he is to find a night's lodging, that our slogans of "Easy Does It" and "First Things First" have much... July 1950
The Need for Prison Groups OF what possible good is AA in prison? Prisoners are shut away from alcoholic beverages so why would they need AA? Almost daily grateful letters and articles sent to the Grapevine by inmates answer these questions. Recently an inmate wrote, "No, you... July 1950
The Non-alcoholics--God Bless 'Em! A MAJOR spot on the Conference calendar is being reserved for the so-called AA Auxiliaries--or Non-Alcoholics Anonymous. What these unsung heroines and heroes of AA have been doing among themselves, is going to be an eye-opener to many! In the early... July 1950
Headquarters Highlights (The Alcoholic Foundation--A.A. "Headquarters"--is in effect a general service board for the AA movement. It publishes the book Alcoholics Anonymous, maintains the General Service Office in New York, guarantees the financial and traditional... July 1950
Original Clipping Reprinted below is the original clipping of The Serenity Prayer which appeared in the New York Times obituary columns. An early AA member saw it and thinking it particularly fitting for AAs, brought it to the old Vesey Street office. Soon it began... July 1950
Headquarters Highlights (The Alcoholic Foundation--A.A. "Headquarters"--is in effect a general service board for the AA movement. It publishes the book Alcoholics Anonymous, maintains the General Service Office in New York, guarantees the financial and traditional... August 1950
We Come of Age ON AAs 15th Anniversary everybody knew that we had grown up. There couldn't be any doubt about it. Members, families and friends--seven thousand of them--spent three inspiring, almost awesome days with our good hosts at Cleveland. The theme song of... Bill W. September 1950
History To the three non-alcoholics who participated in our International Conference AA owes a great debt of Gratitude. Warden Clinton C. Duffy of San Quentin (where the first prison group was formed) traveled 2,000 miles to be with us. What he told us was... September 1950
Joe Goes to the Conference THE First International Conference of Alcoholics Anonymous was no different from any other convention or conference, in that it had its brighter side. A lot of genuine hilarity went on which left Cleveland's non-alcoholic native sons with the... Joe September 1950