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AA History – Early 12th Stepping on a Street Corner

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Barefoot Bill one of the nation's top AA historian's.

MANHATTAN MEMBER 12TH-STEPS ON CORNER . . . John B. can be found every Sunday around noon at the corner of 207th Street and Broadway. Hard by are several gin mills. In his own words, John was for years "one of the worst rummies" of that 95 per cent Irish district. He knows everybody, everybody knows him and that he is now sober because he is in A.A. John stands and waits. He never approaches any of the jittery men waiting for the bars to open at 1 P.M. He waits for them to come to him. They do. Many of them. Result: John gets all the 12th-step work he can handle--right there on that corner. - AA Grapevine, October 1944

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