From the September 1990 magazine.

To the Old-timers of Tomorrow

I joined AA in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1944 at the strong suggestion of a judge. There were four other members in the group and I was the only woman. A dentist by the name of Dr. D. had gone to Boston and brought the message back from that area.

At that time we didn't have any place to meet except restaurants, hotel lobbies, and my home. We had only the Big Book and each other to attain and maintain our sobriety. We never heard of ninety meetings in ninety days. That would have been impossible because there was only one meeting a week in a hundred mile area.

-- Pat C.

Yonkers, New York

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