From the November 1948 magazine.

The A.A. Movement Gains Public Recognition

(Third in a series giving a condensed history of A.A.)

THE Rockefeller dinner in March, 1940, not only yielded desperately needed funds for the new movement during a critical period, but it also provided another missing element--favorable public recognition.

News about the banquet traveled over the country on all of the press wire services and almost immediately inquiries began to pour into the office in Newark. The articles published previously in the Cleveland Plain Dealer had begun a growth of membership in the Cleveland and Akron areas which reached about 2,000 in a few months. Now the growth spread out through the country, to Chicago and Detroit in the mid-west, Philadelphia, and Baltimore in the east, and Los Angeles, Houston, San Francisco and Little Rock in the west.

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