From the August 1982 magazine.

No Fanfare, No Foofaraw

Tradition 11 - Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio, and films

I HAVEN'T MADE a good old-fashioned sweeping statement in a long time. I would like to make one now and say that nothing on earth could ever have promoted me out of drunkenness into sobriety. Not family, friends, or lovers. Not a jail, a mental institution, or a psychoanalyst. Not threats of violence, actual fistfights, or suicide attempts. There just never was enough reason or incentive in the sober life to win me over.

Never, that is, until I came to my first Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, in the summer of 1960.

-- W. H.

Manhattan, New York

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