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Karen M (Pittsburgh, PA)
10/19/1991 in Hinton, WV  EVENT: 25th Bluestone Roundup  TYPE: Al-Anon, Female, Story  ( 42 min )

"I got real good at playing games."

Rosa K (Santa Cruz, CA)
3/28/1992 in Monterey, CA  EVENT: NCWSA Spring Conference  TYPE: Al-Anon, Female, Story  ( 47 min )

"Would I stand on the seashore and, like King Canute of the ancient legend, try to command the tides? It is just as fruitless to try to control the alcoholic. Yet this is what I would be doing in attempting to force sobriety by my will-power."

Patti N (Mar Vista, CA)
10/2/1999 in Powell, AZ  EVENT: Serenity by the Lake  TYPE: Al-Anon, Female, Story  ( 41 min )

"And I was very much at dis-ease."

Terry W (Fort Worth, TX)
4/22/2000 in New Orleans, LA  EVENT: 32nd Deep South AA Convention  TYPE: Al-Anon, Female, Story  ( 1 hr 4 min )

"We had no friends and no one walked into that house."

"It was getting worse but I was starting to feel better."

Kathy H (Cincinnati, OH)
8/10/1991 in Ft. Mitchell, KY  EVENT: 1st Rule 62 Roundup  TYPE: Al-Anon, Female, Story  ( 1 hr 3 min )

"mean Irish drunks"

"Everything that came up we just made jokes about it."


"It was as though somebody gave me a set of skis and a parker with a hood and gloves and snow goggles and then dropped me in the desert."

Humor and Recovery (AFG) (??,AL,CA)
7/3/2015 in Atlanta, GA  EVENT: AA International 2015  TYPE: Al-Anon, Female, Story  ( 1 hr 11 min )

"When you learn to laugh at yourself you will never run out of material...and people don't have to pretend that I'm perfect."

Denise C (Fayetteville, NC)
10/19/2019 in Savannah, GA  EVENT: 66th Georgia State Convention  TYPE: Al-Anon, Female, Story  ( 49 min )

"Al-Anon has given me the tools to live a life that I didn't know how to live before I came into Al-Anon."

Donna L (Whitney, TX)
12/1/1977 in Palm Springs, CA  EVENT: Palm Desert Roundup  TYPE: Al-Anon, Female, Story  ( 36 min )

"If you ever get in trouble - Power will get you out."

She says,

"I do not ever have to be afraid again."

Susan B (Tulsa, OK)
8/3/2019 in Atlanta, GA  EVENT: 44th Atlanta Roundup  TYPE: Al-Anon, Female, Story  ( 1 hr 5 min )

"I did not intend to stay here 45 years. I came in to find out what I needed to say and what I needed to do to keep him from drinking that crap and then we'd be all right and then I could get married."

"It hurt to walk through the air. My fingernails hurt."

"I'm gllad there's not a slogan, 'Figure It Out'."

Bob S, Jr (Memphis, TN)
5/3/2003 in Marietta, GA  EVENT: 13th Marietta Roundup  TYPE: Al-Anon, Male, Story  ( 45 min )

"Robert "Bob" "Smitty" Ripley Smith II, born June 5, 1918, the last eyewitness of the start of Alcoholics Anonymous, died of congestive heart failure at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. about 5 o'clock Thursday evening, April 22, 2004.

"Smitty," his nickname in youth and later at recovery gatherings worldwide, was the only son of Anne Smith and Akron, Ohio physician Dr. Bob Smith. Then teenagers, young Bob and sister Sue were there on Mother's day 1935 when his father, Dr. Bob, met one time New York stock analyst Bill Wilson for the first time."