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1000 Years of Sobriety: 20 People 50 Years

Written by William Borchet, author of The Lois Wilson Story, and the screenplay My Name is Bill W.,
and well known historian, and speaker Michael Fitzpatrick.

1000 Years of Sobriety features the moving personal accounts of twenty men and women who have each remained sober for more than fifty years. These are the real "old timers," keepers of the wisdom, men and women from around the world who are among the dwindling generations who joined Alcoholics Anonymous when Bill W. was still alive, and whose very commitment to sobriety is a testament to the enduring power of the program.

The inspiring accounts collected here follow the time-tested formula used by millions of people who share their stories of hope in AA meetings every day: They tell us what they were like as active alcoholics, what triggered their decision to join AA, and the dramatic details of how they got sober--and how they've stayed sober for more than fifty years. Each story concludes with sage words of advice for others in recovery.

Those who share their stories in 1000 Years of Sobriety are living proof that the human connection bonded by the Twelve Steps has unsurpassed powers, and that AA is a program for generations to come.


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AN IMPORTANT NEW BOOK ... "1,000 YEARS OF SOBRIETY"
The word is already out about this exciting new book co-authored by William G Borchert and Michael Fitzpatrick. It depicts in clear and undeniable terms how the miracle of recovery from the disease of alcoholism works in the lives of once lost and hopeless people.

"1,000 Years of Sobriety" features the moving personal accounts of twenty men and women from around the world who have each remained sober more than fifty years and are still active in helping others find recovery. These are real 'old timers', keepers of the solution, proclaimers of the Twelve Steps to a new and sober life.

This new book tells the moving stories of these men and women who are among the dwindling generations who joined Alcoholics Anonymous when its co-founder Bill W. was still alive, and whose very commitment to sobriety is a testament to the enduring power of the program.

The inspiring accounts collected here follow the time-tested formula used by the millions of people who share their hope-filled stories in AA meetings every day. They tell what they were like as active alcoholics, what triggered their decision to join AA, and the dramatic details of how they got sober - and how they've stayed sober for more than fifty years. Each of their stories concludes with suggestions based on painful experience for others in recovery.

Perhaps the book is best summed up in the foreward written by another long-time and very respected member of the AA fellowship, Sandy B.


FOREWARD BY SANDY B.
This remarkable collection of the personal stories of twenty present-day AA "old-timers" could not be more timely or valuable. As the fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous reaches its seventy-fifth year, authors Bill Borchert and Mike Fitzpatrick make available to the millions of AA members around the world a treasure of insight into AA's past fifty years that could not be achieved in any other fashion. Further, since the early sobriety of all these members coincided with the later days of the earliest AA old-timers, founders, including Bill Wilson, this book creates a bridge for us to experience the entire AA story.

I take personal delight in commenting on this rare collection because many of these men and women have become personal friends. Some were 'heroes' of mine in my early sobriety. They are living icons in the particular areas of the country where they presently reside. Sadly, the stories of many other icons have faded with their passing. I know of several whose stories I deeply wish had been reduced to writing. There is something comforting and enduring about the written word. Tapes and CDs of AA talks are stimulating and valuable. But the written story brings a sense of history and permanence with it.

While reading, we can take our time to reflect on and enjoy particular passages. I am sure that, as time passes, we will always be glad that we added this book to our personal collection. It will be available to stimulate and nourish our memories every time we pick it up and settle into our favorite chair for an hour or so.

To our newer members, I urge you to assemble your own collection of AA-related books and definitely to include this volume. Until you know and experience the entire AA story, your sense of belonging will be limited and tentative. Gradually, though, you will come to realize that you and your story are part of the AA history. What is history but a collection of stories. As the total AA story comes alive in and through you, you will begin to see yourself as a small but vital part of one of God's greatest miracles and can delight in the realization that this story is a part of you as well.

I would like to thank the authors for enriching my life with this marvelous collection and for their tireless efforts on behalf of the fellowship.

Sandy B.
Tampa, Florida

STORY CONTENTS
"Booze didn't bring me happiness, but it did kill the pain."
The story of Bill D.
Memphis, Tennessee

"Sobriety as a Christmas gift."
The story of Anita R.
Scottsdale, Arizona

"An AA love story."
The story of Bill R.
Atlanta, Georgia

"You look real good on the outside, but how are you really on the inside?"
The story of Cecil C.
Prince Albert, Saskatchewan

"I wanted to kill myself, but I wasn't about to walk 10 more miles to do it."
The story of Clancy I.
Los Angeles, California

"From hard cider at age three to hard knocks at age thirty three."
The story of Clara F.
Belding, Michigan

"There was a time when I was willing to drive fifty miles to talk but unwilling to go one mile to listen. That ego trip is over."
The story of Dave C.
Raleigh, North Carolina

"From the fantasy world of motion picture theatres to the real-life drama of AA."
The story of Don W.
North Auckland, New Zealand

"A seed is planted and eleven years later it bloomed into a sober life."
The story of Frank C.
Cleveland, Ohio

"Just another Bozo on the bus."
The story of John H.
Hilton Head, South Carolina
"My motto used to be, take something, you'll feel better. I felt so good sometimes, it almost killed me."
The story of John K.
Chino Hills, California

"I wanted what they had even though I didn't know what it was at first."
The story of Joy P.
Saint Catherines, Ontario, Canada

"If we're willing to share all our garbage, we should share all the good stuff too."
The story of Mel B.
Toledo, Ohio

"My mother never reported me missing. She knew I'd come home once I could no longer beg, borrow or steal liquor."
The story of Millie W.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

"I've been making geographical changes since the day I was born until I finally found a permanent home in AA."
The story of Otto W.
Medford, Oregon

"It started with altar wine and ended with altered states."
The story of Ron C.
Fairfield, New South Wales, Australia

"Meet me at my home group."
The story of Steve P.
Cleveland, Ohio

"It hasn't always been smooth sailing."
The story of Mary B.
Fort Myers, Florida

"When God has work for me to do, the walls come down."
The story of Tom I.
Southern Pines, North Carolina

"So you ask me ... does AA work?"
The story of Tommy M.
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

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