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Dick B.
PO Box 837
Kihei, HI 96753-0837
Phone: 808 874 4876
Email: dickb@dickb.com

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Robert Holbrook Smith, M.D.
Cofounder of Alcoholics Anonymous
“The Prince of All Twelfth Steppers”

Be a Part of Something Great –

To the Glory of God



I would like to ask your help in making possible the fulfilling of a great need and dream concerning Dr. Bob’s Birthplace and Boyhood Home in St. Johnsbury, Vermont.


 I recently visited St. Johnsbury and presented to the staff, management, and volunteers at Dr. Bob’s Birthplace and Boyhood Home the idea of securing benefactors to help them in two specific ways with their efforts to make their location a world-class information-resource center for carrying the message to those who still suffer, by:


  • Purchasing for $50,000.00 my “core library” of resources on early A.A.—especially including thousands of pages of materials relating to Dr. Bob’s youth in St. Johnsbury.
  • Purchasing my remaining inventory of about 20,000 A.A. history books at a minimum average price of $10.00 per book—which is about a 50% discount on the book prices. Benefactors may arrange to have sent to Dr. Bob’s Birthplace and Boyhood Home boxes of books, one or more at a time, for $400.00 per box.


In order to encourage participation in this project by those of you who have shown a consistent interest in making known the facts concerning the documented, 75%-to-93% success rate of the pioneer AAs among seemingly hopeless, medically-incurable, real alcoholics who thoroughly followed the original path, I have decided to present to you free of charge in serial form (i.e., one by one) the introduction and chapter highlights of the more than 20 volumes of historical information I have assembled that will form a part of the core library to be placed at Dr. Bob’s Birthplace and Boyhood Home at no charge to them as benefactor funding is secured.


At present, Dr. Bob’s Birthplace and Boyhood Home has no archives, no library, no website, no flyers, and no explanatory resources. It is unknown today as an important historical treasure of the recovery movement.


 In addition to furnishing Dr. Bob’s Birthplace and Boyhood Home with the library/archives/information materials (i.e., a “core library”), we also proposed that they prepare a free information packet containing: (1) a flyer; (2) a brochure; and (3) especially, a complimentary copy of one of my books on the amazing success rate and cures of early A.A. (which latter gift would be made possible by benefactors). These special information packets would be given free to every visitor to Dr. Bob’s Birthplace and Boyhood Home and distributed free to individuals, centers, and agencies who express a desire to know about the new resources that will soon be available in St. Johnsbury concerning the role of the town and its key institutions in the life of A.A. cofounder Dr. Bob. The objective is to put Dr. Bob’s Birthplace and Boyhood Home “on the map” by highlighting: (1), the “excellent training” Dr. Bob received in the Good Book as a youngster in St. Johnsbury; and (2) the town and its facilities that influenced him until his graduation from the St. Johnsbury Academy in 1898.


Please consider:

  1. Donating $50,000.00 (by yourself or with others as a group) to make possible the immediate placement at Dr. Bob’s Birthplace and Boyhood Home of the entire Dick B. “core library.” As an alternative, please also consider donating $5,000.00 (or more in multiples of $5,000.00) to make possible an immediate, partial shipment of one or more of the ten (10) segments of the “core library” to Dr. Bob’s; and
  1. Donating $400.00 (or more in multiples of $400.00) to make possible the sending of one (or more) boxes of my books to Dr. Bob’s Birthplace and Boyhood Home so the books may be added to their information packets. This complimentary package gift will be unique among recovery centers and archives.


Please enjoy the enclosed or attached Dr. Bob resource volume Introduction and highlights as they come to you. And please send checks to: Freedom Ranch Maui, Inc., PO Box 837, Kihei, HI 96753-0837.


For more information, please see: www.DrBob.info. Or email Dick B. at: dickb@dickb.com

Gloria Deo