program, warts and all (grin).
Glenn C. (South Bend, Indiana)
++++Message 3675. . . . . . . . . . . . Re: Significant September dates in
From: Bristol Fashion . . . . . . . . . . . . 9/5/2006 2:52:00 AM
Can you fit the following date in somewhere?
Sept 1971 First European Convention, Bristol, England
Note from the moderator:
Yes, please, AA is a movement for the whole
world. The annual Bristol Convention has become
the central gathering place for AA historians
and archivists, not just in the British Isles
(England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales)
but drawing many participants from the continent
It is a really first-rate gathering.
We have AAHistoryLovers members from a number
of European countries including Germany, France,
Belgium, the Scandinavian countries, Finland,
Also many other parts of the world, including
Mexico, India, Israel, Australia, New Zealand,
and so on, all over the globe.
Significant dates and historical figures and
events from all over the world are welcome and
heartily encouraged in this forum.
We're all in this together, guys.
Glenn C. (South Bend, Indiana, USA)
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Saturday, September 02, 2006 4:55 AM
Subject: [AAHistoryLovers] Significant September dates in A.A. History
> Significant September Dates in A.A. History
> Sept 1930 - Bill wrote 4th (last) promise in family Bible to quit
> Sept 1939 - group started by Earl T in Chicago.
> Sept 1940 - AA group started in Toledo by Duke P and others.
> Sept 1940 - Journal of Nervous and Mental Diseases gives Big Book
> unfavorable review.
> Sept 1946 - Bill and Dr. Bob both publicly endorsed National
> Education Alcoholism founded by Marty M.
> Sept 1946 - 1st A.A. group in Mexico.
> Sept 1948 - Bob writes article for Grapevine on AA "Fundamentals -
> In Retrospect".
> Sept 1949 - 1st issue of Grapevine published in "pocketbook"
> Sept 1, 1939 - 1st AA group founded in Chicago.
> Sept 11, 2001 - 30 Vesey St, New York. Location of AA's first office
> is destroyed during the World Trade Center attack.
> Sept 12, 1942 - U.S. Assist. Surgeon General Kolb speaks at dinner
> for Bill and Dr Bob.
> Sept 13, 1937 - Florence R, 1st female in AA in NY.
++++Message 3676. . . . . . . . . . . . RE: First World Conference
From: ArtSheehan . . . . . . . . . . . . 9/4/2006 2:31:00 PM
First, a little bit of AA trivia: the 1950 event in Cleveland, OH at
which the Traditions were approved was called an "International
Conference." From the 2nd one on in 1955 (in St Louis, MO) they
started getting called an "International Convention" (probably to
confuse them with the General Service Conference).
A recap of the 1950 Cleveland, OH proceedings is in a September 1950
Grapevine article by Bill W titled "We Come of Age." The
the Heart" (pgs 102-121) gives the title of the article as "We
Age." I've been using the erroneous title of the article for some
time. A full transcription of the article by Fiona Dodd (who specifies
the correct title) can be found in AAHL message #3595. An extract:
"Several thousand of us crowded into the Cleveland Music Hall for the
Tradition meeting, which was thought by most AAs to be the high point
of our Conference. Six old-time stalwarts, coming from places far
flung as Boston and San Diego, beautifully reviewed the years of AA
experience which had led to the writing of our Tradition."
Bill was then asked to sum up the Traditions. He did not recite either
the short or long form. He paraphrased a version which is an amalgam
of both forms:
"That, touching all matters affecting AA unity, our common welfare
should come first; that AA has no human authority - only God as he may
speak in our Group Conscience; that our leaders are but trusted
servants, they do not govern; that any alcoholic may become an AA