From the February 1982 magazine.

Doing What We Do Best

Tradition 6 - An AA group ought never endorse, finance, or lend the AA name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property, and prestige divert us from our primary purpose

THE EARLY history of Alcoholics Anonymous includes classic examples bearing directly on the formation of the Sixth Tradition: the offer made our co-founder Bill W. to ally himself with a hospital as an "AA counselor"; those education binges when we succeeded in confusing the public (and ourselves) as to just who we were and what it was we were trying to do.

That's the past. What about today?

-- W. H.

Manhattan, New York

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