From the November 1949 magazine.

The Public

What the public thinks about us is of ever increasing importance to each individual member of AA. If outside opinion ever has reason to turn sour on AA, it can slow down our growth. Give enough people enough cause to turn really critical--and public opinion could conceivably wreck AA altogether!

So far we've had an excellent press. "Comebacks" are good copy any time. They have drama, romance, and a touch of the old-time Horatio Alger sentiment. Anonymity is a tacit guarantee of our utter sincerity--and humility. In short, we provide the sort of material writers like to write and editors like to print.

-- H.S.

Great Neck, L.I., New York

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