HACO Early History



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The earliest known appearance of Alcoholics Anonymous in the Harbor Area was when Hugh Van Aiken (deceased) made a Twelve Step Call on Daniel “Curly” O’Neill (also deceased). This was on February 4, 1941. They talked and “Curly” began his early sobriety. Soon others in the Long Beach area who had similar problems began meeting at “Curly’s” home. For some time they met in each other’s homes and attended A.A. Meetings at the Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles.