are different theories as to why the story was not included
in the first edition. Some have suggested that the author
became suspicious of Bill Wilson and Hank Parkhurst ("The
Unbeliever" in the first edition) when Hank set up
Works Publishing to raise money to publish the book, with
himself as the self appointed president, and Bill began
talking of listing himself as author of the Big Book.
Bill would then be entitled to royalties. Others claim
that the author wanted to be paid for his story, or to
receive a share of the royalties on the book. None of
these theories can be verified.
to his story, he was the son of a pharmacist and studied
pharmacy, but before he could take the state board examination
he was drafted. In the Army he began gambling, and learning
to manipulate the dice and cards to his own advantage.
the war he became a professional gambler. He spent some
time in jail, perhaps for gambling or drinking. One source
claims it was for bootlegging.
was hospitalized many times, and eventually his wife had
him committed to an insane asylum. He was in and out of
the asylum several times. During one of his confinements
he met another alcoholic who had lost nearly all. This
man had been a hobo, and may have been Charlie Simonson
("Riding the Rods" in the first edition). During
his last confinement his friend was not there, but soon
he came to visit and to carry the message of A.A.
agnostic or atheist when he entered, he eventually came
to believe in a Divine Father, and that His will was the
further information is available.