From the May 2017 magazine. First printed in June 2004.

Holy smoke, what now!

Nearly half a century ago, our co-founder expressed a few thoughts about young people and inclusiveness

In 1968, a well-meaning AA wrote to Bill, in deep concern about an influx of youthful hippies or flower children to local AA groups, along with their distinctive manner of dress, sexual mores, and other unorthodox behavior, including the use of drugs. The writer feared that this particular invasion might be “a very real threat to our wonderful God-given Program.”

Bill’s reply was typical of his use of AA principles to meet new challenges.

-- Bill W.


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