From the February 2014 magazine.

February 2014: Dear Grapevine

Family tree
Many AA members have shared with me privately and from the podium their sponsorship lineage. I used to think, Oh, I’d better make that known to all my potential sponsees when I speak. I’d better let everyone know I have a sponsor, and that they have a sponsor. Some can trace their impressive sponsor lineage back to Bill W.! So what is my lineage? I’d better get busy tracing it because I want to sound important at the podium!

Yesterday I went to the Imperial Roundup in Brawley, Calif. I drove two hours to get there from San Diego through the...