From the December 1956 magazine.

Who Are the Old Timers?

WHO ARE THESE "OLD TIMERS?" Guys and gals with five years--ten--fifteen--or more? When does one cease being a "newcomer" and become an "in between" and finally an "old timer?"

I've been sober quite a few days now. When a newcomer asks how long, I reply, either, "Quite a few days, now," or, "Some over a year." If I told the whole truth (goin' on five years) he'd either be scared silly he'd never do the same (as I had been!) or he'd be sure I was lying, with resultant resentment, and possibly a skid. . . we've all seen it happen.

-- E.M.S.

Camarillo, California

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