Antedating of "A.A."

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Thu Nov 13 12:32:35 UTC 2003

A.A. (OED 1943 for organization, 1941 for members)

1940 _Washington Star_ 5 May in _Alcoholics Anonymous 1939-1942_
Attention was drawn to the movement recently by a dinner that John D.
Rockefeller, jr. ... gave for 60 A.A.s at the Union Club in New York.

1940 _Richmond Times-Dispatch_ 18 July in _Alcoholics Anonymous 1939-1942_
This is a common characteristic of any A.A. meeting.

Fred Shapiro

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