From the July 2010 magazine.

Dear Grapevine

Formulaic greetings

At the 2005 International Convention, an old-timer began to tell his story onstage at the closing meeting. He did not say, "My name is _____ and I am an alcoholic." Audience members called out, "Who are you?"

The old-timer couldn't hear what they were shouting, and he began again. Again the audience shouted at him, "Who are you?"

-- MARTHA M.

Norwalk, Conn.

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