From the March 1974 magazine.

Where the Sick Visit the Sick

Around the Tables

AROUND THE TABLES, the gentle leader brought forth a discussion of Twelfth Step calls. In true pioneering fashion, we each undoubtedly discussed points that have been reinforced countless times at numberless tables. That's one of the chief purposes of meetings--to reaffirm the truths of this simple program.

A veteran "slipper" recounted how his most recent testimonial to the effect of the first drink had been brought about by his "Twelfth Step" call in a bar to show the boys he could have just a ginger ale. One of the veteran nomads of skid row neatly ticked this excuse off for what it really was: "Going into a bar for a ginger ale? [Profanity]!"

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