From the November 2003 magazine.

Editor's Note

Dear Reader,

In the world of art and ideas, a classic is something so revolutionary that it endures decade after decade, becoming an icon, a part of the natural order of things. In that sense, Dr. Silkworth's exhortation to Bill just before his eventful journey to Akron, Ohio, in 1935, is an AA classic--a classic formulation not only of how to carry the message to another suffering alcoholic, but also of the nature of alcoholism itself.

-- The Editor

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