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From the January 2014 magazine.

January 2014: Heritage Trails

With a Big Book and a tankful of gas, a member drives deeper into AA history

I had the opportunity to see a man celebrate 63 years of continuous sobriety a couple of years ago. To accomplish this I had to get in my car, buy a tank of gas, set aside some time for the two-and-a-half-hour drive each way to do it—but I now have this experience. In a few years time, I won’t remember how much it cost to go or what I had to give up on my “busy schedule” to do it, but I will always
remember seeing a man who sobered up in Battle Creek, Michigan in 1948.

I love AA history. And I wanted a piece of it, so I also saved up and bought a first edition Big Book. It’s an 11th printing, 1947, no big deal, except for the fact that I’ve had 14 old-timers inscribe it over time, and the sobriety total is over 700 years! That’s more than 50 years of sobriety for each of the signatures. I say none of this to boast; I say it because it’s important that we know and remember our history and the people who have come before us.

-- Anonymous

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