From the October 2019 magazine.

Tonopah Terry

Fresh out of rehab, a veteran surprisingly encounters 238 sober friends who give him a brand-new nickname

Tonopah Terry—that’s what they called me. I never thought I’d get this nickname when I came to this Nevada town at only 35 days sober.

I had a lot of nicknames as a kid, like “Four-eyes” or “Poindexter” or any of the go-to bullying names applied to an above average boy like myself. But then there were the names I was called at home: black sheep, dummy, moron, along with the worst: “You’re never going to amount to anything but a drunk.” Boy, did that one eventually fit. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

-- Terry R.

Las Vegas, Nevada

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