From the July 2010 magazine.


IF you count the steps from the street to the front sidewalk of 855 Ardmore Ave., and then the steps from the sidewalk to the porch of the house, you'll come up with the number 12. Hmmm--12 steps up from the gutter. Ardmore Avenue. I didn't think about it at the time.

The Akron, Ohio, house is simple and unpretentious, much like its owners from 1916 to 1950, Dr. Bob and Anne Smith. When we walked in, it felt warm, inviting, safe--just what the first few members of Alcoholics Anonymous needed when they were sobering up in the early days of the movement.

-- Jim B.

Macedon, N.Y.

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