From the March 1984 magazine.

Some Longtime Views

MAY A SPECIAL shaft of serenity shine upon some alcoholic who thought up and shared that pleasant word "long-timer" instead of "old-timer." I must reciprocate with some long-time views!

One month ago, I shared my thirty-fifth AA birthday on a Sunday night at a meeting in Rondebosch. There was no banquet, no bells, not even a birthday cake. The only concession was a tape recording of the talk. But in that hall, love cascaded over me and poured over my wife, Jessie, who, on one unforgettable morning in 1947, beseeched me to write to New York for help when I was dying of alcoholism at the age of twenty-five here in South Africa.

-- P. O.

Wynberg, South Africa

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