From the March 2011 magazine.

March 2011: The old wrecking crew

A member looks back on crazy drinking days when he meets his old buddy in AA

"Kirk used my head for a basketball, bouncing it on the sidewalk and giving me a concussion in the process."

One Tuesday night recently we celebrated our friend Ernie’s 46th year without a drink. Ernie’s brother was here from the state of Washington to help celebrate. Something seemed familiar about Ernie’s brother. Ernie called his brother, who has 27 years of sobriety, “Spud.” I thought, I’ve only known one Spud in my life. That’s when I remembered him. He was part of a crew I was on (Spud, Cowboy Kirk, Screaming George and I) in the late fall of ’73 into late spring of ’74 in Rock Springs, Wyo., and also the Salt Lake area. Like the song “Auld Lang Syne” (Webster’s: old...

-- Stephen H.

Sun City, California