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"The Rolling Stone"
Lloyd T., Cleveland, Ohio.
(p. 386 in 1st edition.)
Lloyd's date of sobriety
is uncertain. One source says it was February of 1937, another
says November 1937.
He came from a broken home,
and when his parents separated his father went west and
became fairly successful. Then it was decided that Lloyd
should go to a preparatory school in Chicago. Soon he was
in trouble in school and his father sent him money to join
him in the West.
It was a lonely time for
Lloyd, as his father was away most of the day and spent
evenings reading and studying religious books. Lloyd became
very hostile toward religion, and that lasted for years.
When he was fourteen, but
looked eighteen, he started hanging out in saloons. On vacation
his father let him go alone to San Francisco. While there
he decided he wanted to see the world and signed on as an
apprentice on a ship.
He developed into a steady
drinker and, when going to sea, took enough liquor along
to last for the trip. At foreign ports if American liquor
was not available or cost too much he tried the native drinks,
which were often very potent.
He visited most of the ports
in the world, stayed in some of them for some time, and
every place he went he found alcoholic beverages available.
At twenty he stopped going
to sea, and eventually got into the building trade. He made
good money, but never stayed in one place for very long,
ever the "rolling stone."
When World War I started
he was twenty-nine and living in Texas. When he left Texas,
he learned that the train would be stopping in his hometown
for an hour. He saw his mother very briefly for the first
time in eleven years. He promised her that after the war
he would come home.
He tried to stop drinking
but could not. There were many visits to doctors and sanitariums.
He was then his mother's sole support, and he caused her
mother much misery.
Finally, he heard about
Doctor Bob in Akron, and went to see him. Dr. Bob put him
in the hospital, and told him that unless he was sincere
in wanting to quit he was just wasting their time. But Lloyd
was willing to do anything. Eventually he had a religious
He was active in 12th step
work and it was his name and address that Dr. Bob gave Dorothy
S., then married to Clarence S. ("The Home Brewmeister"),
when she appealed to him for help for her husband. Lloyd
became Clarence's sponsor. But when Clarence announced that
he was starting a meeting in Cleveland, which would be called
Alcoholics Anonymous, Lloyd stayed with the Oxford Group,
at least until the Akron group also broke away.
He was fifty years old when
he wrote his story, and unmarried. But he had become sane
and sensible again, had made his mother happy and made many
new friends. He had gained the respect of his fellow men,
and learned how to enjoy life. He had been sober nearly
six and a half years when he wrote his story.