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July 1976


Sometimes her group is sorry they helped her conquer her fear of public speaking

SPEAKING IN public is the thing Americans fear most, according to a study by a market-research association. It's followed by fears of heights, insects, financial problems, flying, dogs, elevators, escalators, and cats. I guess I would be afraid of flying dogs if I ever saw one. Before joining AA, I had no fear of heights, that is, of getting too high. In my cups, I had no fear of speaking in public. I could keep a roomful of people spellbound (perhaps "paralyzed" would be a better term).


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