From the August 1955 magazine.

The Conference--Then

Memories of AA's "First Panel

IN AA, time is a two-faced prankster. The man celebrating his first anniversary of sobriety looks back over that year as though through the wrong end of a telescope, at ancient history. On the other hand, his AA life has been so full of new activity, new interests, new friends and new ideas, that last year seems only yesterday.

So it is with the first General Service Conference. It seems almost impossible to believe it convened only four short years ago. Because, in the light of what has just taken place in St. Louis, that first Conference does indeed seem like ancient history. Something akin to the landing of the Pilgrims. And, in a small way, as significant.

-- , New York

Little Neck, Long Island

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