BIG BOOK STORY AUTHORS

 

This is a list of the Big Book personal story authors, and either where they got sober or where they were from.

 

Original Manuscript (which went out to the fellowship a few months prior to the publication of the Big Book - 1938):

The Doctor's Nightmare - Bob Smith, M.D. (Akron, OH.)

The Unbeliever - Hank Parkhurst (N.Y.)

The European Drinker - Joe Doeppler (AA #5, Akron, OH.)

A Feminine Victory - Florence Rankin (N.Y.)

Our Southern Friend - Fitz Mayo (N.Y.)

A Business Man's Recovery - Bill Ruddell (N.Y.)

A Different Slant - Harry Brink (N.Y.)

Traveler, Editor, Scholar (later became "The News Hawk") - Jim Scott (Akron, OH.)

The Back-Slider - Walter Bray (Akron, OH.)

Home Brewmeister - Clarence Snyder (Akron, OH.)

The Seventh Month Slip - Ernie Galbraith (Akron, OH.)

My Wife And I - Maybelle & Tom Lucas (Akron, OH.)

A Ward Of The Probate Court - Bill Van Horn (Akron, OH.)

Riding The Rods - Charlie Simondsord (Akron, OH.)

Ace Full--Seven--Eleven (this is the only original manuscript story that never made it into the Big Book)

The Salesman - Bob Guiatt (Akron, OH.)

Fired Again - Wally Gillam (Akron, OH.)

The Fearful One (later became "The Man Who Mastered Fear") - Archie Trowbridge (Akron, OH.)

Truth Freed Me! - Paul Stanley (Akron, OH.)

Smile With Me, At Me - Harold Sears (N.Y.)

 

First Edition (1939):

The Doctor's Nightmare - Bob Smith, M.D. (Akron, OH.)

The Unbeliever - Hank Parkhurst (N.Y.)

The European Drinker - Joe Doeppler (AA #5, Akron, OH.)

A Feminine Victory - Florence Rankin (N.Y.)

Our Southern Friend - Fitz Mayo (N.Y.)

A Business Man's Recovery - Bill Ruddell (N.Y.)

A Different Slant - Harry Brink (N.Y.)

Traveler, Editor, Scholar (later became "The News Hawk") - Jim Scott (Akron, OH.)

The Back-Slider - Walter Bray (Akron, OH.)

Home Brewmeister - Clarence Snyder (Akron, OH.)

The Seventh Month Slip - Ernie Galbraith (Akron, OH.)

My Wife And I - Maybelle & Tom Lucas (Akron, OH.)

A Ward Of The Probate Court - Bill Van Horn (Akron, OH.)

Riding The Rods - Charlie Simondsord (Akron, OH.)

The Salesman - Bob Guiatt (Akron, OH.)

Fired Again - Wally Gillam (Akron, OH.)

The Fearful One (later became "The Man Who Mastered Fear") - Archie Trowbridge (Akron, OH.)

Truth Freed Me! - Paul Stanley (Akron, OH.)

Smile With Me, At Me - Harold Sears (N.Y.)

A Close Shave - Harry Zoelers

Educated Agnostic - Norman Hunt from Darien, CT.

Another Prodical Story - Ralph Furlong from Springfield, MA.

The Car Smasher (later became "He Had To Be Shown") - Dick Stanley (Akron, OH.)

Hindsight - Myrow Williams (N.Y.)

On His Way - Horace Popsy Mahar (N.Y.)

An Alcoholic's Wife - Marie Bray (Akron, OH.)

An Artist's Concept - Ray Campbell (N.Y.)

The Rolling Stone - Lloyd Tate (Akron, OH.)

Lone Endeavor (this story was removed after the first printing of the first edition) - Pat Cooper from California

 

Second Edition (1955):

Doctor Bob's Nightmare - Bob Smith, M.D. from Akron, OH.

The European Drinker - Joe Doeppler

Our Southern Friend - Fitz Mayo from Washington, D.C.

The News Hawk (previously called "Traveler, Editor, Scholar") - Jim Scott from Washington, D.C.)

Home Brewmeister - Clarence Snyder from Cleveland, OH.

The Man Who Mastered Fear (previously called "The Fearful One") - Archie Trowbridge from Detroit, MI.

He Had To Be Shown (previously called "The Car Smasher") - Dick Stanley from Akron, OH.

Alcoholics Anonymous Number Three - Bill Dotson from Akron, OH.

He Thought He Could Drink Like A Gentleman - Al Goldrick

Women Suffer Too - Marty Mann

The Vicious Cycle - Jimmy Burwell

From Farm To City - Ethel Macy

He Sold Himself Short - Earl Treat (spelling of last name?)

The Keys Of The Kingdom - Sylvia K. from Chicago, Ill.

Rum, Radio and Rebellion

Fear Of Fear - Ceil Mansfield

The Professor And The Paradox - John Parr

A Flower Of The South - Esther Alasardia

Unto The Second Generation

His Conscience

A Housewife Who Drank At Home

It Might Have Been Worse - Chet Rude

Physician, Heal Thyself! - Dr. Earle Marsh

Stars Don't Fall - Felicia Gizycka

Me, An Alcoholic?

A New Vision For A Sculptor

Promoted To Chronic - Helen Brown from Boston, MA.

Jim's Story - Jim Scott from Washington, D.C. (also wrote "Traveler, Editor, Scholar" which later became "The News Hawk")

The Prisoner Freed

Desperation Drinking - Pat M.

The Career Officer - Sackville Millins from Ireland

He Who Loses His Life

Freedom From Bondage - Wynn Laws

Joe's Woes - Joe Minor from New York City

There's Nothing The Matter With Me! - Bill Green

Annie The Cop Fighter

The Independent Blonde

 

Third Edition (1976):

Doctor Bob's Nightmare - Bob Smith, M.D. from Akron, OH.

The European Drinker - Joe Doeppler

Our Southern Friend - Fitz Mayo from Washington, D.C.

The News Hawk (previously called "Traveler, Editor, Scholar") - Jim Scott from Washington, D.C.

Home Brewmeister - Clarence Snyder from Cleveland, OH.

The Man Who Mastered Fear (previously called "The Fearful One") - Archie Trowbridge from Detroit, MI.

He Had To Be Shown (previously called "The Car Smasher") - Dick Stanley from Akron, OH.

Alcoholics Anonymous Number Three - Bill Dotson from Akron, OH.

He Thought He Could Drink Like A Gentleman - Al Goldrick

Women Suffer Too - Marty Mann

The Vicious Cycle - Jimmy Burwell

From Farm To City - Ethel Macy

He Sold Himself Short - Earl Treat (spelling of last name?)

The Keys Of The Kingdom - Sylvia K. from Chicago, Ill.

Rum, Radio and Rebellion

Fear Of Fear - Ceil Mansfield

A Flower Of The South - Esther Alasardia

Unto The Second Generation

A Housewife Who Drank At Home

It Might Have Been Worse - Chet Rude

Physician, Heal Thyself! - Dr. Earle Marsh

Stars Don't Fall - Felicia Gizycka

Me, An Alcoholic?

Too Young?

Those Golden Years - Cecil C.

Lifesaving Words

A Teen-Agers' Decision

Any Day Was Wash Day

Calculating The Costs

Growing Up All Over Again

Doctor, Alcoholic, Addict - Dr. Paul Ohliger

Five-Time Loser Wins

Promoted To Chronic - Helen Brown from Boston, MA.

Join The Tribe! - Maynard B.

Belle Of The Bar

Jim's Story - Jim Scott from Washington, D.C. (also wrote "Traveler, Editor, Scholar" which later became "The News Hawk")

The Prisoner Freed

Desperation Drinking - Pat M.

The Career Officer - Sackville Millins

Another Chance

He Who Loses His Life

Freedom From Bondage - Wynn Laws

A.A. Taught Him To Handle Sobriety - Bob P.

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