This month from the Harbor Area Archives, an article written for the April 1986 issue of *Reader’s Digest* by Bob P. entitled “Unforgettable Bill W.”* The author, whose story appears in the Big Book on p.553 (4th ed.), managed A.A.’s General Service Office for ten years and served as both director and trustee of the General Service Board.
*Reprinted with the kind permission of *TrustedMediaBrands*
Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.
The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions.
AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any causes.
Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.
Before there was a "Big Book", Twelve Steps, Twelve Traditions, the "AA Grapevine" or General Service -- before there were meetings, clubs, conventions or any AA literature -- before there was an H&I committee, there was a visit to an Akron hospital where "one drunk talked to another."