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November 13, 2007
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,
- 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.
- 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
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.
- 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
- 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
For more information,
www.DrBob.info. Or email Dick B. at: