From the August 1944 magazine.

Five Alcoholics Looking for the Perfect Pitch

More and more musicians and show people are getting into A.A. In our New York group, we have a young orchestra. Rudy is the greatest French horn player in the country. Koussevitzky said that his solo in Tschaikovsky's Fifth has never been surpassed. But Rudy went on benders, dragging his French horn with him to bars, always hanging on to it. Friends dragged Rudy out of a hotel hallway one night whither he had escaped stark naked, to 'surpass himself' in a horn solo.

Rudy got his friend Pee Wee into the group, and together they got Johnnie, when the three of them were playing in the Ripley 'Believe It Or Not' program. All three of them are working in radio now, making good money. But all three backslid in their careers. In A.A. they're learning what to do about it.

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