From the August 1984 magazine.

When Is an AA Meeting Not an AA Meeting?

EIGHTEEN YEARS ago, I thought I was the brightest newcomer who ever walked through the clubhouse door. In only a month or so, I was asked to be the chairman of a weekly AA discussion meeting. I was thrilled. I wanted to be different; I wanted to be outstanding. I made photocopies of some "tests" from a national magazine: "Do You Have a Temper?"; "Do You Feel Sorry for Yourself?"; "How Normal Are You?" I passed the copies around as the meeting started and announced we would all read the tests and discuss our answers.

Several older members of the Fellowship descended upon me like a...

-- B. M.

Huntington, West Virginia