From the November 1961 magazine.

4. Working with professionals

How we can best rededicate our lives to the service of the sick alcoholic

I HOPE I'll never forget the evening I came home after about the third or fourth AA meeting I had attended. I was carrying in my mind's eye and in my heart a picture of these new people I had met. They had said, "We are not saints. . ." yet their words and, more important, their activities seemed to belie that statement. The warmth and love, the outstretched hand of our Fellowship was a moving experience for me. I was on Cloud Nine and searching for a way to describe these remarkable people to my good mate who was awaiting me with tongue in cheek and cynical eye.

"They are like nothing you've ever met before," I said, enthralled. "They are like saints, but their halos are at a jaunty angle, like a song-and-dance man's straw hat."

-- M.S.

Honolulu, Hawaii

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