Dick B. discusses D. J. Defoe's 1939 interview of Dr. Bob

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The basic topic of our four recent conferences in Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona, was the question: "Why did early A.A. succeed"--both in Akron and in Cleveland. And the most appropriate answer was given by A.A. cofounder Dr. Bob in an interview he gave to D. J. Defoe titled "I Saw Religion Remake a Drunkard" that was published in the September 1939 issue of "Your Faith" Magazine, shortly after the Big Book was published in April 1939 and the third Alcoholics Anonymous group in the world was founded in Cleveland by Dr. Bob's sponsee Clarence S. on May 11, 1939. On today's radio show, I'll read the interview with Dr. Bob (called "Dr. X" in the interview), as I did in Arizona. This interview was mis-characterized in DR. BOB and the Good Oldtimers as an "article" that had been "written by" Dr. Bob. It was "unknown" in A.A. history circles until recently, when an A.A. archivist made it available to the www.Silkworth.net Web site for publication. And you can now read this interview with Dr. Bob on my blogs, in my "Dick B. FYI Newsletter," and in recent articles I have published on the Internet. And now, here's D. J. Defoe's interview of Dr. Bob.

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