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> > > hi history lovers,

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> > > Page 140 of To Employers says: "Can it be



> > appreciated that he has

> > > been

> > > a victim of crooked thinking, directly caused by

> > the action of

> > alcohol

> > >


> > > on his brain?"

> > >


> > > One of our members asked why would Bill put such

> > an important piece

> > of

> > >


> > > information in the chapter to employers,instead of

> > perhaps one of

> > the

> > > chapters at the beginning of the book.



> > >

> > > Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

> > >

> > > Thanks from Tracy



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++++Message 3283. . . . . . . . . . . . Re: Digest Number 875

From: Art Boudreault . . . . . . . . . . . . 3/22/2006 10:57:00 AM


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To History Lovers,
RE: BillW and Helen W.
The new biography of Lois Wilson, "Lois Wilson, When Love is not

enough" by

William Borchert has a different interpretation of the payment of royalties

to Bill's long time secretary. He does not mention an affair in this regard.


Sincerely,
Art Boudreault
Which is where Bill's mistress comes in. The "search" function for

> this group is quite good and uncovered the following:

>

> This is from Message # 2519 and part of a larger post on royalty



> information re: The Big Book. The author: Art Sheehan

> 1963 - Bill modified his royalty agreement with AAWS so that 10% of

> his royalties went to his mistress, Grapevine Editor, Helen W.
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++++Message 3284. . . . . . . . . . . . RE: Re: authorship of Chapter 10

From: ArtSheehan . . . . . . . . . . . . 3/22/2006 8:09:00 PM


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Hi John
In this forum, if we are to be true propagating history, then we

should impose upon ourselves the discipline of sticking to articles of

fact rather than articles of faith or speculation. Otherwise debate

and editorials take precedence over historical reporting.


Please refer to "Pass It On" (page 200) which states "Bill

wrote at


least ten of the opening chapters of the book; there is some reason to

believe that "To Employers" may have been written by Hank."

This

Conference-approved book, was published in 1984.


A member of this forum is its primary author of "pass It On." If

the


statement in the book did not have merit, it would have been excised

some time ago. Mitchell K, also an author, relayed information he

received through testimonial from Ruth Hock (a first person observer).

Merton M, a member of this forum, is researching a comprehensive

history of AA in New Jersey (which was started by Hank P). Merton also

attributes authorship of "To Employers" to Hank P based on his

research (and he is a bit of a stickler for accurate details).
All you offer in rebuttal is a rather obscure hypothesis that since

the style and content of Hank's Big Book story are different than the

chapter "To Employers" that excludes Hank from authoring the

chapter.
There is no compelling reason why the styles of these two items should

be identical or even similar. Hank also wrote a prospectus for the Big

Book whose style is altogether different than his story. The

prospectus is quite well structured, precise and cogent.
Hank was previously a Vice-president for Standard Oil and would have

been eminently qualified to write the chapter from the perspective of

an employer. It was a type of experience that Bill didn't have

(although Bill wasn't a wife either but wrote the chapter "To

Wives").
The idea that Bill only wrote the first paragraph of "To

Employers" in

no way detracts from or diminishes his role in the overall production

of the Big Book. Bill's methodology for writing the Big Book chapters

was for him to develop an outline of the chapters on a yellow legal

pad and then later dictate narrative details to Ruth Hock to type up

drafts.
The drafts were then presented to NY, Akron and Cleveland members for

editing and changes. The consistency of terminology and style among

the chapters was a function of membership review not of Bill's writing

style, personal preferences or attention to detail.


The Big Book is unique in that it is the only literary work in AA

where everyone who was a member at the time (1938-1939) had an

opportunity to directly contribute to shaping both the wording and

style of the book. This also included non-alcoholic friends of AA:


1. Dr Silkworth wrote a letter of support for AA for use in

fundraising for the book. The letter, and additional narrative from Dr

Silkworth, were incorporated into the chapter "The Doctor's

Opinion."


2. 28 members submitted their stories for the book. These stories,

then and today, make up a substantial and very important portion of

the Big Book (notwithstanding the tiresome "first 164 pages"

mantra


that circulates within AA).
3. Jim B (whose story is "Vicious Cycle") suggested the phrases

"God


as we understand Him" and "Power greater than ourselves"

be added to

the Steps and basic text.
4. A psychiatrist "Dr Howard" (an alias) caused the whole tone of

the


book to be changed from "must" to "should" or

"ought."
5. Tom Uzzell, a friend of Hank P, an editor at Collier's and a member

of the NYU faculty, edited the manuscript which was variously

estimated as 600-800 pages (including personal stories). Uzzell

reduced it to approximately 400 pages. Most cuts came from the

personal stories, which had also been edited by Jim S of Akron and

Bill W and Hank P in NY.
The Big Book is a product of informed group conscience and, as a

consequence, it turned out to be a very remarkable product. By his own

admission, Bill wrote that his role eventually changed from one of

primary author to umpire.


Cheers

Arthur
-----Original Message-----

From: AAHistoryLovers@yahoogroups.com

[mailto:AAHistoryLovers@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of johnlawlee

Sent: Tuesday, March 21, 2006 5:40 PM

To: AAHistoryLovers@yahoogroups.com

Subject: [AAHistoryLovers] Re: authorship of Chapter 10
--- In AAHistoryLovers@yahoogroups.com, "Mitchell K."

wrote:

>

Mitchell:



I stand by my earlier posting. The person who wrote

"The Unbeliever" is not the person who wrote "To

Employers".

There is absolutely no overlap between the two, although they

were both written in 1938 or early 1939. I don't believe you can

point to a single phrase in "The Unbeliever" which supplies

language/terms/style similar to that found in "To Employers"; for

that matter, there is no language or phrasing in "The Unbeliever"

which is similar to language or phrasing in any part of the Big Book.

"The Unbeliever" is a farrago, a confused mess...staccato, almost

hallucinatory style. "The Unbeliever" was not written by the

person


who wrote Chapter 10. On the other hand, every paragraph of Chapter

10 contains phrases found in other chapters of the basic text. As

just one example, out of dozens I could give, pages 143-44 of Chapter

10 talk about the "subject matter" of this book. "It contains

full

suggestions by which the employee may solve his problem." Compare 143-



44 with the similar language found on page 45 of the earlier Chapter

4, about the "main object" of the book ["to find a

Power...which will

solve your problem"]. I'd be happy to go over Chapter 10 with you,

line by line, and point out where phrases from Chapter 10 are used

identically, elsewhere in the Big Book. The person who wrote Chapter

10 borrowed heavily from the other ten chapters of the Big Book.

It defies belief that Hank wrote Chapter 10 in isolation. If Hank did

in fact compose Chapter 10, he was a liberal plagiarist who copied

Bill Wilson's exact language and writing style. Hank would have also

completely changed his writing style and language in a six month

period,and discarded all his ideas from his own story. The better

view is that all eleven chapters of the Big Book were drafted by the

same person. They were not written at all by the person who

authored "The Unbeliever".

I have no doubt that Hank claimed in Hank's correspondence that Hank

authored Chapter 10. In a similar vein, Ebby Thatcher loved to refer

to himself as a "founder" of AA. I have no doubt that Hank's one-

time brother-in law, Clarence S., gave Hank credit for Chapter 10. I

have no doubt that Hank's ideas made their way into Chapter 10. Hank

was a former Standard Oil executive, who shared a small office in

Newark with Bill Wilson and Ruth Hock. Bill Wilson composed Chapters

1 through 11, no doubt running ideas past Hank in their office every

day. Bill Wilson gave Hank credit for Chapter 10, even though Bill

had done the writing.

In summary, it should be undisputed that Bill Wilson was the author

[the "principal" author, if you prefer] of Chapters 1 through 11.

There is nothing in Hank's first edition story to suggest that Hank

composed Chapter 10. Although Bill had some character defects,

hugging credit was not one of them. Bill publically praised William

James, Sam Shoemaker and Ebby Thatcher as "founders" of AA. It

should


not be surprising that Bill would be equally modest in allowing Hank

to take credit for Chapter 10.

love+service

john lee


pittsburgh
> If one just takes a written story published in the Big

> Book as the only example of Hank's writing style it is

> not doing diligent service to historical research.

> There are several letters written by Hank and other

> documents, including oral histories which give

> authorship of that chapter (Employers) to Hank. I wish

> I had a tape recorder at the time but Ruth told me

> Hank was the author when I asked her at Stepping

> Stones. Merton's research, my conversations with Ruth,

> Clarence and others as well as my reading several

> letters and other documents written by Hank lead me to

> believe Hank was the author.

>

>

>



> --- johnlawlee wrote:

>

> > --- In AAHistoryLovers@yahoogroups.com, "ArtSheehan"



> >

> > wrote:

> > >

> > > Bill didn't write the chapter "To Employers" (just



> > the first

> > > paragraph). Hank P wrote the chapter.

> > >

> > > I don't get a sense that the Big Book was written



> > in the manner or

> > > with the intent that is often presumed in

> > analyzing it (perhaps

> > > over-analyzing it might be a better way of putting

> > it).

> > >


> > > The member who asked the question is using a form

> > of reasoning that

> > > appears sincere, but flawed in its analytical

> > gymnastics. It does

> > > little more than open the door to what can be an

> > endless amount of

> > > speculation that serves more to distract rather

> > than inform.

> > >

> > > Many Big Book chapters have a specific target



> > audience (usually

> > > denoted in the chapter titles). In this case it's

> > employers.

> > >


> > > The underlying assumption that the importance of a

> > sentence is

> > somehow

> > > enhanced or diminished by its appearance in an

> > early or later part

> > of


> > > the book is a flawed assumption being treated as

> > fact.

> > >

> > > The most popular, and perhaps important, portion



> > of the Big Book,

> > read


> > > at many meetings comes from its 5th chapter "How

> > It Works." Trust

> > me,

> > > there is no need to move this chapter further



> > toward the beginning

> > of


> > > the book to emphasize its importance. It stands on

> > its own content

> > as

> > > do all the other chapters.



> > >

> > > Cheers

> > > Arthur

> > >


> > > -----Original Message-----

> > > From: AAHistoryLovers@yahoogroups.com

> > > [mailto:AAHistoryLovers@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf

> > Of Charlene C.

> > > Sent: Wednesday, March 15, 2006 12:57 PM

> > > To: AAHistoryLovers@yahoogroups.com

> > > Subject: Re: [AAHistoryLovers] Crooked thinking

> > >


> > > it would be my guess that employers are more

> > inclined to think in

> > > intellectual terms than medical or spiritual.

> > especially in that

> > > time, when alcoholism was considered more of a

> > moral dilema than a

> > > spiritual mallody or terminal illness.

> > >


> > > just a thought.

> > > C. Cook

> > >

> > > Hank Parkhurst is generally cited as the author of



> >

> > "To Employers" [Chapter 10 of Big Book]. I've always

> > found that hard

> > to believe, based on the contrast between the

> > divergent styles of

> > Chapter 10 and Hank's story in the First Edition.

> > Hank's story, "The

> > Unbeliever" is choppy, almost manic. It's filled

> > with

> > elipses,exclamations, etc. I've always suspected

> > that Bill Wilson did

> > the actual writing of Chapter 10, although Hank

> > supplied many of the

> > ideas for Chapter 10. Bill, Hank and Ruth Hock

> > shared a small office

> > in Newark when they put together the Big Book. I

> > don't see any

> > language in Hank's story which is similar to the

> > content or style of

> > Chapter 10. Bill was very generous in giving credit

> > for the

> > contributions of others; for instance, Bill referred

> > to William James

> > as a "founder" of AA, even though Professor James

> > had been dead for

> > decades when AA was founded.

> > The authors of Chapter 10 are laying out a big order

> > for employers.

> > They're asking employers to read the Big Book and

> > use it to "12 step"

> > their employees. I don't see any information in

> > Chapter 10 which is

> > inconsistent with the first five chapters. The

> > intended audience was

> > different. It's not a different message.

> > john lee

> > member

> > pittsburgh

> > > trixiebellaa




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