From the May 1979 magazine.

A Different Kind of Meeting

RIDING AN elevator up in a tall New York business building is not exactly the way you usually go to your typical AA meeting. But as soon as the doors glide open at the fifth floor of 468 Park Avenue South, the sounds and scents tell you that a meeting much like other AA meetings is nearby. You smell hot coffee and cigarette smoke, and as you go down the hall to the Grapevine office, you hear the loud, happy chatter of AA friends greeting each other, talking and laughing.

Promptly at 5:30, everyone is invited to take a (paper) plate and have a snack, buffet style. As dessert is about finished, there is a noticeable diminution of talking, and a Grapevine editor says, "May we start the meeting with a moment of silence, followed by the Serenity Prayer?" You know how that silence feels as you tune in your head for what is to come.

-- Anonymous

Manhattan, New York

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