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"He Who Loses His Life"
"Bob," New York City.
540 in 2nd edition, p. 531
in 3rd edition.)
Lost Nearly All
ambitious playwright, he let
his brains get so far ahead
of his emotions that he collapsed
into suicidal drinking. To
learn to live, he nearly died."
as he calls himself in his story,
found A.A. and stopped drinking
in January 1947. He wrote an
update of his story for the
September 1967 A.A. Grapevine,
which he signed with the initials
had wanted to be a great author,
and write plays, but was stuck
in a job he hated, with people
he disliked. Disappointed with
his life, he decided to kill
himself, but instead decided
to drink himself to death. Instead
he drank himself into lost jobs,
jails, hospitals, and heavy
the point he first went to A.A.
it had not worked for him -
because he had not worked for
A.A. His serious drinking lasted
seven or eight years. After
recovery he entered a new field
- perhaps alcoholism - in which
he taught and about which he
published a book. He still wanted
to write a fine play.
his 1967 update he reported:
"The bad old years of suffocating
in the deep morass of alcoholism,
are years I could have used
to good advantage had I not
been trapped by this hideous
disease. There were seven or
eight years before I found A.A.
- oh, how I could have used
those years! But they were not
wasted; they stripped me of
everything, including self-respect;
but they made me ready for the
happiness of the last twenty
years in A.A."