From the March 1975 magazine.

PO Box 1980

'First names only'?

My first seven years in AA were spent with a group that was not too anonymous. There were quite a few celebrities in it. I actually feel that this was to my advantage. I couldn't hide from my friends the fact that I was sober, and I was never told that last names were not used in AA.

In moving to another state, I looked up an AA group to call "home," and I found a much different attitude on anonymity. They used first names only. Consequently, during the ensuing twenty-two years, I never achieved that home-group feeling. I still know the full names of more AAs in my original, group than in my present group.

-- D. L.

Carrollton, Texas

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