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"A Business Man's Recovery"
William R., New Jersey.
(OM, p. 242 in 1st edition.)
Bill Ruddell was born in
1900. According to his story in the Big Book, he first got
sober in February 1937.
When the Alcoholic Foundation
was established in the spring of 1938, he was appointed
as a trustee. He almost immediately got drunk and was replaced
by Harry B. ("A Different Slant")
He was underage to join
the Army in WW I, but ran away from home and lied about
his age to join up. It was in the Army that he started to
He tried many geographic
cures. Instead of coming home from Germany after the war
he stayed, then took jobs in Russia, England, and back to
Germany. He came home in 1924 hoping Prohibition could help
him stop drinking. There he discovered the speakeasies.
So he shipped off to the Venezuela for a job in the oil
fields. They soon poured him on a ship and sent him home.
He had tried doctors, hospitals,
psychiatrists, rest cures, changes of scenery, etc., to
try to stop drinking. He got married to a woman named Kathleen,
hoping marriage would solve his problem. But even Kathleen
Finally he consulted a doctor
who referred him to A.A. Bill W. talked to him and told
him his own story, then told him to think about it for a
few days. He was back to see Bill again the next day.