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Cowboy Boots and First Names

An AA considers the tradition of anonymity

I came into Alcoholics Anonymous in October 1977. I went to two-to-three meetings a day and grouped up with some very wonderful members in the program. During that time, anonymity was held to the highest standards. We were taught early on never to use last names. The result was that many of us didn't know each other's last names and only had each other's phone numbers.

Many years ago, a group of us from the Valencia Street meeting in San Francisco, Calif. went to the hospital to visit our beloved fellow member, Bob.

When we got there, we asked the woman at the information... Login to read more
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