AA-Archives-Priceless Documents and the Need for Them – a Letter

Thank you both for your timely and thorough response. I have been convinced for quite some time of reality of the original Akron program and the power of the One True Living God to cure us of this affliction. I appreciate the attachments and book information you have sent. I will appreciate and gratefully acknowledge any other or further attachments you may decide to send me and will utilize them according to their intended purpose. I have ordered the Pioneers book to add to my Dick and Ken books. Your materials are and have been sorely needed in AA and I read and study them with avid interest and satisfaction. I communicate the information the best I can in the insurance- and quasi-medical driven paradigm in which I am presently employed.

GSO has recently confirmed the 1939-1942 Archive Scrapbook is out-of-print; the other two are still available from GSO until supplies are exhausted. I have purchased the other two Scrapbooks. I had presented GSO several weeks ago in writing with my clear and valid request for access to the first Scrapbook, citing archival and historical interest; they have not yet responded. The existence of these Scrapbooks was a revelation to my local archivist, historian and local central office. If you know of anyone who would be able to provide an actual or facsimile copy of Scrapbook #1, I would appreciate the referral.

I have always questioned the legitimacy of Ebby’s purported statement to Bill W. offering the solution of choosing one’s own concept of God. As I recall, my failure to heed, respect, cooperate with or understand God is what got me into trouble in the first place – inventing my own version of God seemed ill-advised, insane, pagan and blasphemous, not to mention that I was not in the best shape as a newcomer to act as my own theologian and spiritual director. I eagerly anticipate what I expect to be your coverage of this particular issue in Pioneers.

Thank you for your fine work and God Bless you.

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About mauihistorian

Uses pen name Dick B.: Writer, Historian, Retired attorney, Bible student, CDAAC, and active and recovered A.A. member with over 25 years of continuous sobriety. Published 42 titles and over 650 articles on the history of Alcoholics Anonymous and the Christian Recovery Movement. www.dickb.com
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