Alcoholics Anonymous 

South Africa


Pioneers of AA

Dr. Bob and the nine men and women who here tell their stories were among the early members of A.A.’s first groups.

All ten have now passed away of natural causes, having maintained complete sobriety.
Today, hundreds of additional A.A. members can be found who have had no relapse for more than thirty years.

All of these, then, are the pioneers of A.A. They bear witness that release from alcoholism can really be permanent

Doctor Bob’s Nightmare (70k pdf)
A co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous. The birth of our Society dates from his first day of permanent sobriety, June 10, 1935.

  1. Alcoholic Anonymous Number Three (pdf)
    Pioneer member of Akron’s Group No. 1, the first A.A. group in the world. He kept the faith; therefore, he and countless others found a new life.

  2. Gratitude in Action (61k pdf)
    The story of Dave B., one of the founders of A.A. in Canada in 1944.

  3. Women Suffer Too (61k pdf)
    Despite great opportunities, alcohol nearly ended her life. An early member, she spread the word among women in our pioneering period.

  4. Our Southern Friend (66k pdf)
    Pioneer A.A., minister’s son, and southern farmer, he asked, “Who am I to say there is no God?”

  5. The Vicious Cycle (71k pdf)
    How it finally broke a Southerner’s obstinacy and destined this salesman to start A.A. in Philadelphia.

  6. Jim’s Story (72k pdf)
    This physician, one of the earliest members of A.A.’s first black group, tells of how freedom came as he worked among his people.

  7. The Man Who Mastered Fear (70k pdf)
    He spent eighteen years running away, and then found he didn’t have to run. So he started A.A. in Detroit.

  8. He Sold Himself Short (65k pdf)
    But he found there was a Higher Power that had more faith in him than he had in himself. Thus, A.A. was born in Chicago.

  9. The Keys of the Kingdom (63k pdf)
    This worldly lady helped to develop A.A. in Chicago and thus passed her keys to many.