John T. Mahan
Here is a picture of my friend JohnT from his navy days. He is proud of
this picture cause it proves he was once a lean, mean fighting machine.
I first met JohnT at the Clinton Central Park AA meeting along with his
sponsor Ernie from Hudson.
JohnT is something of a legend in AA particularly in Massachusetts where
he headed the MDC's Employee Assistance substance abuse unit for many years.
John has traveled far and wide for AA including countless prisons and foreign
countries , and the Vatican. Over the last 17 years that
I have known him, John has pointed out all the important AA anniversaries
to me, in between helping lots and lots of people come to grip with their
alcohol problem and pointing the way to recovery.
Every spring , as John celebrates his anniversary, a couple hundred
of his closest friends converge on our meeting to help
John celebrate another year of sobriety. In great demand as an anniversary
speaker, John is always quick to illuminate the crowd about the sixth major
food group , baked beans. A couple years ago his anniversary cake was
decorated by my wife Dianne, as a gallon size can of Boston Baked Beans
and he loved it. John is also active with the American Legion and
the Elks , and St Johns church. His favorite pastime is chasing collegiate
sports, especially baseball and he usually can be seen wearing the cap of
a local team.
Send me your JohnT stories!
My intention is to evolve this website into an on-line tribute to
JohnT and his many years of service. If you have a favorite memory or personal
story about John to share, please send it to
and I will try to incorporate it at this website.
- prepared by Rocky find a meeting