From the November 2010 magazine.

The only one he's got

A drunk realizes the most important thing he has is his story

I WAS told I had to tell my story at an open speaker meeting many 24 hours ago when I was new in AA. An old-timer said, "Only you can tell it."

I have much to be grateful for today. I just turned 60 years old. Most people never thought I would live this long, myself included. I am also retiring from the same job I was so close to losing when I arrived at AA. I retire with eight-and-a-half drunk years and about 26-and-a-half sober ones. Yep, 35 years with the same company.

-- RICH B.

Davenport, Iowa

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