Interviews

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A Smiling Man, a Happy Man
A Grapevine staff member talked via telephone to AA member Adam B. in Warsaw, Poland. Adam told us, "I got sober January 28, 1984, in Warsaw, but it...
Life Is Hard Enough Already
Abongo O. got sober in January 1989 in Washington, D.C., and in April 1995 he returned to his native Kenya to make his home in Nairobi. He was...
A Necklace of Hope
Michaela T. lives in Bratislava, Slovakia, formerly part of the Czech Republic. In May she came to New York on a business trip and came by the...
Another Part of the Elephant
In October 1998, the World Service Meeting was held in Auckland, New Zealand, with participation from thirty-nine delegates representing twenty-two...
I Didn't Want to Drink or to Live
The following interview was conducted for the Grapevine in June 1998 by the Editor of La Viña, with María Inés E. de B., Director of AA's Office...
A Lifetime of Service
Dr. Elaine Johnson served as acting administrator of the Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health Administration (ADAMHA) and the Substance Abuse and...
You Can Go Home Again
Al K., born in the Czech Republic, has been sober for thirty years. In 1955, he fled his native country, escaping after being released from a labor...
Literature Carries the Message
Vinnie M. is the director of publications for AA World Services [AAWS]. She was interviewed in her office by the senior editor of the AA Grapevine....
Dateline, Alaska
Mary Lou S., a native Alaskan, has been sober in Alcoholics Anonymous for twenty-seven years. She got sober originally in Anchorage and now lives in...
The Real Thing
Louis M. got sober forty-five years ago at one of the first groups in New York City, the Twenty-fourth Street Clubhouse, and he has been sober ever...