Big Book Podcast


Welcome back my friends to the big book podcast. My name is Howard and I'm an alcoholic sober since January first nineteen, Eighty, eight, one day at a time. In, this the forty sixth episode chapter ten entitled to Employers from the second edition of alcoholics anonymous originally published in nineteen fifty five. There were few changes from the first edition, a word here sentence there. But what stands out most about chapter ten is that unlike previous? It was not written entirely by Bill Wilson. In fact, it was penn by Hank Parkhurst, a friend and business associate of bills who got sober in nineteen, thirty five in the annals obey a history hank played an integral role in the early days of the movement and managed many of the business matters related to a as early growth, as well as the financing publication and promotion of the. Big Book Hank played such a pivotal role in the early days of a a and while the big book was being written that Bill referred to him as his right hand man when it came to chapter ten aimed at large employers who had active alcoholics in their mitts bill acknowledged the limits of his own experience in the corporate world by deferring to hang extensive background in management within Major. Corporations Including Standard Oil of New Jersey where he had sixty six, hundred salesman under him bill realized that hangs ability to speak to businesses and businessmen about alcoholism and recovery would be invaluable to the embracement and support of a by corporate America. It is interesting to note that hangs writing style was so different to bills writing style up to that point in the big book that Bill exercised his editorial authority by largely rewriting hangs original draft to match the uniformity of style and readability the first nine chapters. Bill also provided the opening statement of chapter ten introducing Hank Anonymously of course as the author. And now from the second edition, of alcoholics anonymous. Chapter ten to employers. Among many employers nowadays think of one member who has spent much of his life in the world of big business, he has hired and fired hundreds of men. He knows the alcoholic as the employer sees him. His present views ought to prove exceptionally useful to businessmen everywhere. But let him tell you. I was at one time assistant manager of a corporation department employing sixty, six, hundred men. One day my secretary came in saying that Mr be insisted on speaking with me. I told her to say I was not interested. I had warned him several times that he had but one more chance. Not. Long afterward he had called me from Hartford on two successive days. So drunk, he could hardly speak I told him he was through finally and forever. My secretary returned to say that it was not Mr beyond the phone. It was Mr B's brother and he wished to give me a message. I still expected a plea for clemency, but these words came through the receiver. I just wanted to tell you. Paul. Jumped from a hotel window and Hartford last Saturday. He left us a note saying you're the best boss he ever had and that you were not to blame in any way. Another time as I opened a letter which lay on my desk, a newspaper clipping fell out it was the obituary of one of the best salesman I ever had. After two weeks of drinking, he had placed his Co. on the trigger of a loaded shotgun the barrel was in his mouth. I had discharged him for drinking six weeks before. Still, another experience, a woman's voice came faintly over long distance from Virginia. She wanted to know if her husband's company insurance was still enforce. For days before he had hanged himself in his woodshed. I had been obliged to discharge him for drinking though he was brilliant alert and one of the best organizers I have ever known. Here were three exceptional men lost to this world because I did not understand alcoholism as I do now. What irony I became an alcoholic myself. And but for the intervention of an understanding person, I might have followed in their footsteps. My downfall cost the business community unknown thousands of dollars for it takes real money to train a man for an executive position. This kind of waste goes on unabated. We think the business fabric is shot through with a situation which might be helped by better understanding all around.

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