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Timelines in AA History
1944 to 1946


dot.jpg 1944 -Wilson's acquired name Stepping Stones house visited Nantucket; about 300 miliary A.A.'s stayed sober; Bill realized name inextricably linked Fellowship; Bill began see Dr. Harry Tiebout Blythewood psychiatrist brought Marty M. A.A.; 360 groups, 10,000 A.A.'s; Bill invited address New York State Medical Society; moved Vesey Street 415 Lexington Avenue near Grand Central Station; time magazine article National Committee Education Alcoholism, Marty M. headed; Betty Smith, Dr. Bob's son's wife, married; Betty's father alcoholic sober after Betty brought him Big Book; Medical Society New York invited Bill read paper its annual meeting, following Dr. Harry Tiebout, Dr. Kirby Collier, Dr. Foster Kennedy indorsed (A 2, 198, 204) (D 303) (E 19) (H 100, 152) (SM 15-16) (P 260, 274, 304, 310, 407)

Summer -Bill started seeing Dr. Harry Tiebout series regular sessions for self (B 334, 335)
end 44' -500 groups (H 1)
January -Onset Bill's depression upon return 3 month tour groups
March -Al S. New York A.A. joined, early member General Service Office, advertising & film man; help re-form Manhattan Group roots Wilson's house late 1935 (G 87)
April 19th -St. Thomas "1st permanent haven treatment" opened (S 102)
June -Grapevine published (A viii) (E 28) (H xiii) (L 144) (P 305)
October 2 -Marty M. founded National Committee Education Alcoholism [N.C.E.A.] became National Council Alcoholism, received enthusiastic support Grapevine, only 4 months old; Dr. Bob & Bill withdraw N.C.E.A. (H 100) (P 320)
October -A.A. started Australia, Father T. V. Dunlea, Rex (E 41) (N 346)
December -A.A. Grapevine article Bill's Wife Remembers When He and She and the 1st A.A.'s Were Very Young (L 199)

dot.jpg 1944-1955 -Bill W's depressed (P 293, 303)

dot.jpg 1944-1946 -worst years Bill W's 11 year depression (P 293, 295)

dot.jpg 1940's Mid -Sue adopted age 5; Peg S. joined A.A. (D 35)

dot.jpg 1945 -movie Lost Weekend released; Bruce M. met Dr. Bob 1942-1943, sober 1945; 1 paid worked every 98 groups; groups voted A.A. Grapevine national A.A. magazine; Tradition 2 written; Rowland Hazard died; Knickerbocker Hospital set aside small ward alcoholics; wrote John D. Rockefeller saying no longer need financial help (A 203) (D 276) (H 156) (L 93, 145) (SM 134) (P 343) (TC 8)

January 24th -1st black group St. Louis (N 361)
late 45' -suggestion mass A.A. experience codified into principles offer tested solutions problems working living together membership, group autonomy, singleness purpose, nonendorsement, professionalism, public controversy, anonymity, other aspects (B 333) (SM 14) (N 120) (P 306)

dot.jpg 1945-1955 -Most turbulent, exciting time history A.A.; Bill's depression particularly troublesome (G 11, 53)

dot.jpg 1945-1967 -Bill focused building service structure (P 336)

dot.jpg 1946 -Ernie G. A.A. #4, Sue's 1st husband quit drinking; 1946 Dick P. 1st Spanish-speaking A.A. finished translating Big Book Spanish, gives Bill; Eleanor E. heard Dr. Bob & Bill speak, didn't know who they were 1966; Bill & Dr. Bob both publicly endorsed National Committee Education Alcoholism founded Marty M., names in letter head, 1946 solicitation letter for funds distributed causing look A.A. & N.C.E.A. together, caused terrible problems, had impact wording short form 7th Tradition; Ian M. starts A.A. New Zealand; A.A. started 4 separate places South Africa; 1st Scotland alcoholic find sobriety through A.A. Glasgow 1946, preamble formulated A.A. Grapevine editor (C 52) (D 249, 300) (E 42, 46, 51) (G 12-13) (N 254)

Summer -Bill & Lois took trip West & North including seeing Bill's dad, drove new De Soto (L 149)
April/May -long form 12 Traditions, 12 Points Assure Our Future prior name 12 Traditions, 1st published Grapevine May 1946 (A viii, 96, 203, 210) (E 30) (H 21, 68) (L 147) (SM 15) (N 113, 346) (P 306, 324)
June -24,000 plus members (H 30)
September -1st A.A. group Mexico (E 48)
November 18th -1st Dublin Ireland group met (A 83) (E 43-44)

dot.jpg 1946-1947 -film star broke her anonymity (P 308)

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