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From the October 2018 magazine.

The biggest tip I ever got

In 1951, a 15-year-old boy delivered a telegram to a little house in Akron. He hadn’t a clue why he’d one day return

When I was a child, my family lived in the little town of Stow, Ohio, just outside Akron. I attended high school in Akron and during those years I had a part-time job at Western Union delivering telegrams on the weekends by bicycle. 

One day in 1951, the dispatcher handed me a telegram for Anne Smith, the wife of Dr. Bob, the cofounder of AA. The dispatcher said to me, “This is for the family of the guy who started Alcoholics Anonymous. And don’t take a tip because they don’t have much money.” (Dr. Bob had died the previous year.)

-- Tom W.

Santa Fe, New Mexico

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