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June 2012: Precious Ink

His 1934 Royal reminds him of the words that saved millions

As I looked at the typewriter in Dr. Bob’s house on the outskirts of Akron, Ohio, I realized that I have the same typewriter, a 1934 Royal. The only difference is that his Royal was used to edit early stories in the Big Book, which would inspire and transform the lives of millions of men and women from misery to wholeness.

As the book Alcoholics Anonymous later became identified with Bill, it is not generally known that Dr. Bob collaborated with him to write the first few chapters. They did this early on when Bill stayed with Bob for several weeks at his home in Akron. The house is being renovated now, so it was closed on the day we arrived. Were it not for the kindness and generosity of the workers, all AA members, and my friend, John C. who flew in from Los Angeles to accompany me, I would not have seen the house. It is a wonderful museum, redolent of “the day” when Bob and Bill began their friendship. It even has some of the empties that Bob tried to hide in his neighbor’s garbage pail!

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