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Dealing With An Addiction

from the Pioneer Press,

Across the restaurant at the Ramada Inn, Sonmor’s daily AA meeting is under way. And during an hourlong interview, (Glen) Sonmor and lunch mate Whitey Westlund chat with three other recovering alcoholics who stop by their table to say hello.

He is on a first-name basis with waitresses, busboys and managers, some of whom have been working there since Sonmor began frequenting the café in the former Thunderbird Hotel when he coached the North Stars from 1978-83.

There also were too many late nights at the hotel bar where Sonmor pounded beers after games, in denial about a disease that had its hooks in him since the 1960s. He kicked the booze for good in January 1983 after an ugly meltdown. Stumbling out of a Pittsburgh bar, two muggers attacked Sonmor and left him bloodied in an alley.

The incident got him fired as North Stars coach, and Sonmor realized he had hit rock bottom.

“Pitiful and incomprehensible demoralization,” is how he described it.


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