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                  Personal Stories: The Man Who Mastered Fear

“He spent eighteen years running away, and then found he didn’t have to run. So he started A.A. in Detroit.” This is the story of Archie T., which was originally title “The Fearful One” in the first edition of the Big Book. After drinking for 18 years, Archie T. found himself in the summer of 1938 jobless, penniless, and homeless. He was in poor health, had no hope left, and had lost all will to live. Taken to Akron by friends, he was helped to sobriety under the care of Dr. Bob at City Akron Hospital. Upon release, he stayed with Dr. Bob and his wife Anne for 10 months. There he met Bill W., with whom he traveled back to Detroit. After many false starts, he founded the Detroit group of AA with Mike S. and Sarah Klein, a non-drinking nun who helped to carry the AA message to alcoholics in hospitals and prisons. From Detroit AA spread to Youngstown and to Ontario, Canada. For Q&A about Archie’s story, please see on this site "Big Book Q&A, Personal Stories: 4th Edition, “The Man Who Mastered Fear” p.246. To hear Archie talk, please see in AA History and Big Book Authors “Archie T. ‘The Man Who Mastered Fear,’ Speaking in 1948.” For a photo of Archie and post on fear, please click on link.

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