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October 1957

BB of AA

The Ohio Way. . .

WE HAVE HEARD that penal AA started at San Quentin Prison in California in 1941. In Ohio we did not get under way until 1949, when, after considerable negotiating, the first meeting was held at the Ohio Penitentiary on June 19. The occasion made an indelible impression on me. The group members present were some sixty-five screened inmates, who sat in the body of the prison auditorium; and twenty-three outside AAs from Cleveland and Columbus, who sat on the stage. It was a new experience for everyone there and each group looked over the other group rather carefully.

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