From the December 1956 magazine.

A Dime a Dozen

I AM GOING TO VOICE SOME IDEAS that will not be particularly popular in AA, and may not even be especially helpful, but which hold for me the possibility of truth.

When I first came into AA, I remember hearing any number of members of all sizes and descriptions, say that they had fancied themselves geniuses until they came into AA, where "geniuses were a dime a dozen." This was always good for a guffaw, as the mere idea of any AA fancying himself a genius was of course an instance of nothing but alcoholic grandiosity.

In AA meetings, I was always one of the dime-a-dozen...

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Flagstaff, Arizona