Timeline's in A.A. History

Year Event
1864 Bill's great-uncle killed Battle Wilderness (P 54)
1865 William C. Wilson married Helen Barrows, Bill's grandparents (W 136)
1870 Bill's parents Gilman & Emily Griffith Wilson born (B 12)
1878 June 4th -Dr. Frank N. D. Buchman born (W 114)
1879 August 8th -Dr. Bob born (C 2) (D 9) (N 29)
1885-1894 Dr. Bob attended St. Johnsbury, Vermont Summer Street elementary school (D 12)
1888 Summer -Dr. Bob's 1st drink, jug hard cider, turning 9 (D 13)
1889 January 2nd -Sister Ignatia born, Ballyhane Ireland (S 42)
1894 Dr. Bob entered St. Johnsbury Academy, Calvin Coolidge 30th president attended; Bill's parents married; Clarence Griffin, Gardner Fayette Griffith's only son died Colorado (D 15) (P 13, 28)
September -Gilly Wilson married Emily Griffin, Bill's parents (B 15) (W 137)
December -Clarence, Fayette Wilson's son died Colorado (B 33)
1895 November 26th - Bill born East Dorset Vermont, small room behind bar (B 15) (C 4) (N 10) (P 407) (W 138)
1898 Dr. Bob graduated St. Johnsbury Academy entered Dartmouth College; Dorothy Brewster Wilson, Bill's sister born (C 2) (D 348) (P 15)
Year Event
1902 Varieties Religious Experience published, William James wrote; Dr. Bob graduated Dartmouth College; E.B. Watson class president Dartmouth Dr. Bob's class (C 2) (D 348) (N 30) (W 172)
1902-1904 Dr. Bob employed by Fairbanks Morse, St. Johnsbury scales manufacturing company (D 24)
1903 Bills family moves Rutland Vermont, fathers work (P 20)
1904 Dr. Bob worked short time Filene's department store (D 25)
1904-1905 Bill's father deserts family, Bill (age 10 or 11) & sister went to live with grandparents (P 25) (B 19) (N 10) (W 139)
Fall -Dr. Bob entered University Michigan pre-medical student, age 26 (C 2) (D 25) (N 30)
1906 Bill's parents, Emily & Gilman Wilson, Bill & sister Emily & mother move back East Dorset from Rutland Vermont (P 25, 407)
1907 Spring -Dr. Bob tries geographic cure on farm year (D 26)
Summer -Bill's grandfather says only Australians make boomerang (A 53) (B 30) (L 20)
Fall -Dr. Bob forced leave University Michigan drinking went Rush University near Chicago (C 2) (D 26) (N 30)
1908 Seed Oxford Group planted in Frank Buchman, native Allentown Pennsylvania, had remarkable spiritual transformation, been running home orphan boys Philadelphia, resigned bitter dispute trustees, sailed England, drifted religious conference Keswick, Salvation Member's inspiring sermon profound effect, made amends former trustees brought great relief & joy, shared this, began see personal spiritual change way healing world; Dr. Frank Buchman & Dr. Sam Shoemaker met China; 1st Century Christian Fellowship started, later became Oxford Group (N 9) (W 141)
Spring or early Summer -Bill met closet friend, Mark Whalon (B 43) (W 141)
February -Bill made boomerang, that night grandfather gave Bill Clarence's violin (A 53) (B 36-37)
1909 Bill's grandparents decide send Bill age 14 Burr & Burton Academy; National Rubber Machinery Company founded Akron, Akron Rubber Mold & Machine Company reorganized 1928 (N 12) (P 134) (W 142)
Late Spring -Application accepted Bill enroll Burr & Burton (B 52)
Fall - Bill started secondary education Burr & Burton Academy (C 4) (N 12)
1910 Dr. Bob receives medical degree Rush University age 31, received highly coveted 2 year internship City Hospital (C 2) (D 27) (N 30)
Year Event
1910-1912 Dr. Bob's internship City Hospital, no problem with drinking; Bill said happiest time life (D 27) (W 143)
1911 Summer -1st time Bill saw father since Autumn 1905 when left family (B 11)
1912 Dr. Bob age 33 started medical practice 2nd National Bank Building Akron until 1948; Lois graduated Packer Institute Brooklyn (D 28, 348) (L 12)
Summer-early Fall -1 happiest, most ecstatic periods Bill's life (P 35)
November 18th -Bill's childhood sweetheart Bertha Bamford died (N 12) (P 35)
November 19th -Bill learned schools chapel from Burr & Burton principal, childhood sweetheart Bertha Bamford died (N 12) (P 35)
1912-1915 Period depression Bill following childhood sweetheart Bertha Bamford's death (P 36)
1913 Summer -Bill's grandfather took him Pennsylvania 50 anniversary Gettysburg; Bill, mother, sister camped Emerald Lake (B 68) (L 13, 15)
1913-1914 School year, Bill went live with mother & sister Dorothy Arlington Massachusetts (P 40)
Fall/Winter -Bill attended special courses Arlington High prepare Massachusetts Institute Technology (B 72)
1914 Early -Judge Smith dispatched doctor St. Johnsbury instructions bring Dr. Bob St.Johnsbury, stayed 2 months (D 28-29)
Summer -Bill & Lois meet (B 82)
Mid Summer -Europe verge war (P 42)
August -Bill sees father 1st time 8 years, British Columbia (B 72) (P 42)
September -Bill age 19 enters Norwich University military college, freshman (B 67) (P 43) (W 144)
1915 Dr. Bob & Anne Ripley married; T. Henry Williams came Akron (C 2) (P 140, 145)
Summer -Bill peddling kerosene lamp burners, Lois opened small tea arbor north end Emerald Lake, Bill & Lois Burnham engaged kept secret except Bill's friend Mark Whalon (B 82) (L 14) (P 48-49) (W 145)
January 25th -Dr. Bob & Annie marry 17 years after meeting (D 16, 29, 348)
September 11th -Bill & Lois engaged (B 87)
1916 Bill suspended Norwich College due participation hazing situation; U.S. troops under General Pershing sent Mexico vain attempt capture Pancho Villa, Norwich University cadets part Vermont National Guard so mobilized; Bill's 1/2 sister born (B 96) (L 18) (P 49, 80) (W 145)
February -Hazing incident Norwich University, Bill onlooker, Bill & sophomore class suspended (B 96)
June, early -Bill & sophomore class reinstated from February hazing suspension, sent Fort Ethan Allen part expedition against Mexican Pancho Villa (B 96) (P 49) (W 145)
1917 Bill passes Army's physical examination, Bill called up; takes 1st drink Bronx cocktail at Grinnells', never graduates Norwich University (B 112) (C 4) (N 13) (P 46, 54, 56, 407)
January -Lois taught aunts Marion's school (L 12)
April 6th -U.S. entered WWI (W 145)
Summer -Bill completed training Fort Monroe Virginia, became 2nd lieutenant Army Artillery, 1st assignment Fort Rodman Massachusetts (W 145)
1918 18th Amendment passed [Prohibition]; Dr. Bob's father died; Bill stationed Fort Adams, last stop before embarkation (B 112) (D 10, 30)
Early - U.S. fully at war (P 56)
Summer -Dr. Frank N. D. Buchman saw 1st house party Calling China, became Oxford Group technique (W 117)
January -Dr. Frank N. D. Buchman Samuel M. Shoemaker meet Peking; Lois left Aunt Marian's school (L 22) (W 118)
January 24th -Bill & Lois married Swedenborgian Church Brooklyn (B 111) (P 58, 407) (W 146)
February 1st -Original wedding date Bill & Lois, changed January 24 due war (B 111) (P 58)
February 15th -Daughter Suzanne Smith Windows born (C 11)
June 5th -Dr. Bob's son Robert Ripley Smith born (C 2) (P 140)
July -Thought Lois pregnant, not (B 114)
July 17th -Last night Bill & Lois together before Bill sailed overseas (B 113)
July 18th -Bill sailed from Boston on Lancashire with 66th C.A.C. 5 months left WWI
July 20th -Bill's 1st drink brandy board ship Lancashire (B 113, 115) (W 146)
November 18th -WWI ended (B 121) (W 146)
1919 March -Bill sailed Bordeaux board S.S. Powhatan to New York harbor (B 121, 122)
May -Bill discharged Army Camp Devens, Wilson's settle Brooklyn (B 121) (L 27) (P 62, 407) (W 147)
1920's Bill pursued dreams wealth; Late, Dr. Bob went quite often St. Thomas Hospital (C 4) (D 45)
1920 January 17th -18th Amendment law (P 67, 122)
February -Lois working Red Cross occupational therapy aid Brooklyn Naval Hospital; Bill & Lois move 1 room apartment State Street (L 31)
Year Event
1921 Frank Buchman Pennsylvanian Lutheran minister started Oxford Group after spiritual experience traveling Scotland; Bill's grandmother Ella Brock died; Bill took Thomas Edison's employment test, passed declined work; 1st exposure Wall Street investigative work United States Fidelity & Guaranty Company; Lois 1st series miscarriages; Bill & Lois move apartment Amity Street (B 135-137, 139) (C 3) (L 34) (P 28, 70)
February -Lois got another job Bellevue Hospital until September 1922 (L 34)
1922 Bill & Lois move apartment Amity Street; Ebby's family business failed (B 138) (P 67, 83)
July -Lois 2nd ectopic pregnancy (B 142-143) (L 34) (W 147)
1923 Smith's adopt Suzanne Smith, age 5 same age son (C 2, 11)
May -Lois's 3rd ectopic pregnancy, Bill often too drunk visit hospital (L 34)
Christmas -Bill vowed stay sober 1 year, lasted 2 months (B 141) (W 148)
1924 Bill's substitute father, grandfather Gardner Fayette Griffith died; Bill finished law school (L 31) (P 70)
February -Bill vowed no more drinking (B 141)
1925 April -Wilson's start motorcycle trip 3-wheeler Harley-Davidson (B 148) (L 36-37) (P 69)
June 17th -Lois's sister Kitty married ( 60) (P 75)
1925-1929 Bill's success securities analyst marred worsening drinking problem (P 407)
1926 Spring -Kitty Burnham married; Bill's drinking discussed business conferences Frank Shaw (B 156)
June - Fortune threw money applause Bill's way (P 75)
1927 Summer -Bill & Lois on-site investigation Cuban Sugar; rented expensive 3 room apartment 38 Livingston Street New York not big enough rented 1 beside make larger (L 71) (P 79-80)
End 27' -Bill very depressed, signed Lois all rights, titles & interest (L 72) (P 82)
1928 Dr. Bob met Sister Mary Ignatia St. Thomas Hospital; Bill, star among Wall Street associates; 1st Century Christian Fellowship renamed Oxford Group; Bill & Lois move new apartment Livingston Street, knocked down walls make bigger; Bill's brother-in-law Dr. Leonard Strong gave Bill physical examination, confronted Bill drinking (B 159-160) (D 45) (P 81, 130) (S 9) (W 120, 148)
October 20th -Bill wrote promise family Bible quit drinking (P 81)
1928-1939 Sister Ignatia worked with alcoholics Akron (S 25)
1929 Bill broke friend & benefactor Frank Shaw; Dr. Silkworth loses life's savings; Bill, Ebby, pilot charted airplane flew into new airfield Manchester Vermont, delegation met them, they drunk (B 203) (H 367) (L 79) (P 77, 85, 101, 175)
Early 29' -1st time Bill & Ebby drank together (P 83)
January -Bill wrote promise family Bible quit drinking (P 81)
May -Dr. Bob surgeon proctologist (C 105)
October -Stock market crash, Bill $60,000 debt (B 168) (N 14) (W 148)
December -Bill & Lois move Canada work friend Dick Johnson (L 81) (P 86)
1920's Late Dr. Bob going often St. Thomas Hospital; Wilson's enjoyed affluence (D 45) (P 77)
1930's early Sister Ignatia secretly hospitalizing isolated cases alcoholics; double standards men & women alcoholics (S 118, 124)
Joe Hirshhorn financier hired Bill analyze & evaluate companies (G 71)
1930-1933 Bill's drinking prevents financial comeback after 1929 crash (C 4) (P 407)
Year Bill & Lois move Canada, small apartment Gerald Street, job, Bill's friend Canadian Dick Johnson let him go due drinking; Wilson's taken in Lois's parents; Dr. Silkworth arrives Towns Hospital; Rowland Hazard visited Carl Jung (B 169, 231) (H 277) (N 8) (P 86-87) (W 149)
Early Fall -Firm Greenshields & Company Canada let Bill due drinking (B 170) (L 81)
May -Bill & Lois moved handsome, expense apartment Cotes des Neiges; Bill started nipping morning (B 169-170)
September -Bill wrote promise family Bible quit drinking (P 86)
December 25th -Bill returned Canada, mother-in-law died Bill to drunk attend funeral (B 172) (L 82) (P 87) (W 149)
Year Event
1931 Bill enters helpless drinking phase; wife job Macy's Department Store; Rowland H. joins Oxford Group (P 128)
May -Lois start work R.H. Macy (B 174) (P 90)
1932 Anne Smith began attending Oxford Group meetings with friend Henrietta Seiberling; received guidance have special Oxford Group meeting Dr. Bob's drinking (C 2-3) (E 10)
Late 32' -Called Henrietta Seiberling reference Dr. Bob's drinking (N 31)
April 8th -Bill, Author Wheeler, Frank Winans formed long-term speculative syndicate based on Bill not taking even 1 drink (B 180-181) (P 90-92)
May, mid -Bound Brook New Jersey small hotel, Bill drank Jersey Lighting applejack, learned never was, would be just 1 drink, blew deal long-term speculative syndicate Arthur Wheeler, Frank Winans, Bill now drank simply escape & block from mind what he did (A 56) (B 182-184) (L 83)
1933 Bill & Joe Hirshhorn break due Bill's drinking; Bill's last chance Wall Street; Lois takes 3 month leave absence Macy's; Dr. Bob started attending Oxford Group; President Roosevelt declared mortgage moratorium, allowed people stay houses even couldn't make payments; Dr. Bob began going Oxford Group meetings cope with alcoholism; Bill renewed childhood past time reading (C 29, 114) (D 348) (P 98) (W 150)
early 33' -Beer legal, Dr. Bob tried beer experiment (D 42, 53)
Autumn -Bill enters Towns Hospital 1st time; oblivion drinking (P 93, 100, 407)
May -Lois's father remarried, Joan Jones (L 84)
December 5th -Prohibition ended (P 122) (W 150)
1933-1934 Bill admitted Charles B. Towns Hospital 4 times, Bill's memories totally disordered (B 191-193) (C 4) (N 14) (W 150)
1934 Dr. Bob appointed courtesy staff St. Thomas Hospital Akron; Dr. Thomas Scuderi young intern medical director Ignatia Hall, alcoholic ward St. Thomas Hospital; Sister Ignatia & Dr. Scuderi secretly treated A.A. #3 lawyer (D 45, 51) (N 79) (S 8, 11)
Summer -Dr. Silkworth pronounces Bill hopeless alcoholic (A vii)
early Fall -Lois working drapery department Loesser's Brooklyn (B 196)
March -Lois quit job Macy's, didn't want ask another leave absence (L 85) (P 105)
May -Lois's father remarries (P 98)
July -Ebby trying complete paint job, told arrested again drunkenness 6 months Windsor Prison (P 113)
August -Rowland H. & Cebra G. from Oxford Group intervene with judge, sober up Ebby (A vii) (N 9)
September -Bill back Town's hospital, 3rd time (L 87) (P 108)
November -Ebby phoned Bill, asked to stop by haven't seen each other 1 year, Ebby sober, 2 nights later Ebby & Bill sat together Bill's Kitchen 182 Clinton Street, Ebby told about himself & Oxford Group, got Bill meeting Old Calvary Church group New York; Bill went 1st time Sam Shoemaker Calvary Church Mission (A 58, 62) (B 202-203) (C 4) (H 367) (L 197) (N 18) (P 111) (W 196)
November 11th -Armistice Day; Bill started drinking after dry spell, beginning Bill's last drunk (A vii, 57) (B 198) (L 87) (P 109)
November, around 26th -Ebby visited Bill (A 58, 62) (W 151)
December -Bill investigates Calvary Episcopal Mission 23rd Street, New York Dr. Sam Shoemaker's Calvary Church operated; Howard Tompkins Beer & Company sent Bill glowing letter encouragement concerning sobriety (L 94) (N 18) (P 116, 133)
December 11th -Bill's last drink 4 beers, month to day since started, entered Towns Hospital 4th time year, received then-current Towns treatment [barbiturates sedate & belladonna reducing stomach acids], has spiritual experience 39 years old, released obsession drink (A vii) (H 197) (L 197) (P 16, 120-121, 123, 407) (W 152, 162)
December 13th or 14th -Ebby visited Bill hospital, explained Oxford Group principles, brought William James's book, Varieties Religious Experience, Ebby didn't read, Oxford Group members recommended (H 197, 279, 298) (N 20) (P 120, 124) (W 152)
December 18th -Bill discharged 4th last hospitalization Towns Hospital 2:30PM; Bill & Lois start attending Oxford Group meetings Calvary House adjacent Calvary Episcopal Church, Dr. Sam Shoemaker rector; leading Oxford Group figure (P 104, 127, 407) (W 155)
1934, December-1935 May -Bill works alcoholics fails sober any up (A vii)
1934, late-1937 Wilson's attended Oxford Group meetings Calvary church, attended house parties (P 168)
Year Event
1935 1935 -Dr. Bob confessed drinking problem Oxford Group before meeting Bill (S 18)
early 35' -Bill preached Oxford Group message, no 1 sobered up (B 233) (P 131-132)
Spring -T. Henry Williams lost chief engineer job National Rubber Machine Company (L 104)
Fall -Bill & Lois began weekly meetings Tuesday nights 182 Clinton Street; 2nd A.A. group formed New York (A 10) (P 162)
Autumn -Dr. Bob's daughter met Ernie W. Galbraith (C 11)
near end 35' -Alcoholics living Calvary Mission instructed not attend meetings Clinton Street (P 169)
end 35' -A.A. had 5 members (A 310)
April -Dr. Silkworth told Bill quit preaching at drunks religion usually fills them guilt or rebellion & said tell them obsession & allergy; Bill returned Wall Street April 1935, got involved proxy fight control small machine-tool factory Akron (A 65) (B 233-234) (N 26-27)
May 10th -Business deal brought Bill Akron, attend annual stockholders meeting small machine-tool factory, lost proxy fight; called Dr. Walter Tunks Episcopalian minister from Mayflower Hotel get drunk talk with, talked Henrietta Seiberling put him touch Dr. Bob (A 66) (B 235-236) (C 4, 5) (G 69) (H 355) (L 95, 197) (N 26-27) (W 156-157)
May 11th -Dr. Tunks gives Bill Henrietta Seiberling phone, she received call from Bill (D 60, 64) (L 95) (N 27)
May 12th -Bill & Dr. Bob meet (A vii) (C 4-5) (D 348) (L 197) (N 35) (P 407) (S 18)
June -Bill 1st overnight Smiths A.A. guest (S 114)
June 1st week -American Medical Association Convention, Dr. Bob not missed one in 20 years (D 72) (N 32)
June 10th -Dr. Bob's last drink, beer; A.A. born 855 Ardmore Avenue; celebrated Founder's Day Akron (A vii, 10, 71) (B 243) (C 5, 40-41, 124) (D 348) (E 13) (G 83) (H 199, 357) (L 96, 197) (N 33) (P 149, 407) (W 156-157)
June 28th -A.A. #3, attorney; his wife & Dr. Bob's wife met; Bill & Dr. Bob meet Bill D. (C 42) (N 37) (S 117)
June 29th -Lois goes Akron, spends week with Smiths (L 197)
June late -Dr. Bob calls Akron City Hospital looking drunk him & Bill work on (P 152)
July -Lois came Akron 2 week visit (B 249)
July 4th -Bill D., A.A. #3 left hospital (P 154)
August, end -4 A.A.'s, 5 counting Phil S. Bill returned New York from Akron (B 249) (D 108)
late August or early September -Phil S., A.A. #5 came in (D 95)
November 19th -Ebby stays 182 Clinton Street (L 197)
December -Bill attended 1st Oxford Group house party Richmond Virginia (L 103)
1935 on Hank & Fitz joined Wilson's Oxford Group meetings, Calvary church & number Oxford Group house parties (P 168)
1935-1940 Period concerned learning get sober, creating text book & publishing business office & board trustees guidance (G 85)
1936 Charlie Towns owner Towns Hospital offered Bill job lay therapist, Bill told group thus 1 A.A.'s 1st group consciences derived; Ebby slipped after 2 years 7 months drank heavy long time later; Bill's mother 2nd husband died; Groups oldest Dr. Bob, said, What would the Master do? when group deciding let victim another addiction join; Ruth Hock came work Bill & Hank P., office 17 William Street Newark (A 100-101, 115, 159) (D 240) (E 20) (G 82) (L 107, 197) (N 63-64) (P 176, 177, 290)
early 36' -Dr. Bob's wife organized wives group (C 43, 132) (S 118)
middle 36' -Small & solid A.A. group developing Bill's house (B 252)
Fall -Bill & Hank form small company Sharing Inc raise money Honor Dealers project (L 101)
end 36' -A.A. had 15 members (A 310)
January -Paul S. early Akron A.A. meets Dr. Bob (D 111)
February 23rd -Bill persuaded Lois quit job Loeser's department store (L 104, 197) (P 175)
March -A.A. had 10 members (A 302)
April 26th -Wilson's forced out 182 Clinton Street mortgage company sold it, in Burnham family 1/2 century, went Hank & wife's live; lived vagabonds next 2 years, 1st 1 A.A. family, then another, around 50 families (P 213-214)
April 26th, soon after -Sunday meeting held Hank's & Kathleen's (P 216)
June -Oxford Group height 10,000 people flocked Berkshires, attend Stockbridge Massachusetts meeting, 10 day affair; Bill & Lois attend Oxford Group house party Stockbridge; Bill's mother 2nd husband died (L 103, 106) (P 170)
August -New York World Telegram published article Dr. Frank Buchman charging pro-Nazi, vindicated (P 170-171)
September -J.H.D. joined A.A.; Lois's father Dr. Burnham died (D 111) (P 175)
October -Bill C. young Canadian alkie, former attorney, compulsive gambler, stayed Bill's house nearly year, committed suicide, gas stove (B 263, 265) (P 165)
November -Alumni Magazine included short note reference Dr. Bob's making class reunions (D 22)
November 18th -Ebby came live Wilson's (W 157)
December -Bill met Charlie Towns & associate Dr. Alexander Lambert, asked work Towns Hospital; Bill & Lois attend Oxford Group house party Poconos Pennsylvania; 1st group conscience (A 100-101, 115) (L 10, 107, 197) (N 63-64) (W 157-158)
1936-1937 last time Bill serious effort reestablish himself securities field (P 175)
1936-1942 Ruth Hock Bill's secretary (E 20) (G 111)
Year Event
1937 Bill & New York alcoholics separate Oxford Group, more then 40 alcoholics staying sober; Dr. Silkworth wrote article Medical Record [Alcoholism Manifestation Allergy, Dr. Silkworth called Bill say had prospect, Fitz M. 1st, Hank P. 2nd; Akron & New York Groups authorized Dr. Bob & Bill create over-all services spread A.A. message world-wide; Dr. Anton Carlson with group scientists formed subsidiary body Research Council Problems Alcohol (A vii, 74) (C 6) (G 82) (H 187) (P 102, 407) (TC 10)
Fall -Dr. Bob & Bill realize 40 alcoholics sober, wonder how to share message, thought of book (A 144) (H 10)
Summer -Bill, Hank P., Fitz tried start A.A. Washington & Philadelphia no luck (B 263)
Fall -Bill's work Quaw & Foley collapsed economic troubles; visited brother-in-law Dr. Leonard Strong Jr. got interview with Willard -- Richardson connected Rockefeller philanthropies; prospects came Akron from Cleveland (A 148) (D 348) (H 142) (P 177, 181)
end 37' -A.A. had 40 members (A 310)
January -Bill & Lois attend Oxford Group house party West Point New York; Bill got job Quaw & Foley stockbrokers (L 103, 107)
February -Dick S. tried get brother Paul in A.A. (D 111)
February -12 A.A.'s 1/2 had & would slip, Bob E. joined A.A. (D 101, 108)
March -Bill & Lois start attending Oxford Group meetings (L 197)
May -Ebby drunk, dry since November 1936 (L 197) (W 157)
August -Bill others broke away Oxford Group (B 262) (L 103, 197) (W 159)
September -Bill V. H. joined A.A., Akron (D 119)
October -Group had 40 members Akron & New York, Dr. Leonard Strong introduces Bill Reverend Willard S. Richardson (L 197) (W 159)
November -Dr. Bob & Bill realized chain reaction begun; Akron A.A.'s agreed on book; 40 alcoholics sober New York & Ohio, least 20 dry longer 1 year, all diagnosed hopeless; special meeting T. Henry Williams house, 18 present voted 10 yes 8 no, raise money printed material & hospitals (A vii, 76, 145) (B 266, 269-270) (D 348) (E 22-23) (H 142) (SM 9) (P 180)
December -Bill, Dr. Bob, Hank P., Fitz, Ned P., Dr. Silkworth met John D. Rockefeller's contingent Willard Richardson, Frank Amos, A. Leroy Chipman, Albert Scott 56th floor R.C.A. Building (A 148) (B 274) (H 142) (L 109) (SM 9)
1938 Bill & Dr. Bob accumulating stories Big Book; Oxford Group renamed Moral Rearmament; A.A. had 50 men 2 women when Frank Amos investigated it; Alcoholics Foundation set up, now General Service Board, 5 members 3 John D. Rockefeller Jr's friends, advisory committee created, 8 members Bill & Dr. Strong on; Bill using name Alcoholics Anonymous letters & pamphlets; Ruth Hock typed original manuscript Big Book; Bill & Dr. Bob commenced work upon world service structure (A 149-150) (C 6) (D 126) (G 51, 103, 111) (H 106, 126, 168) (L 92) (N 9, 48) (P 130, 187, 407) (TC 6)
Summer -1st 2nd chapters Big Book written Multilithed immediately used scheme raise money (A 153) (E 23) (P 193, 223) (S 121)
Fall -Bill talked Lois quitting her job (B 288)
end 38' -Big Book manuscript ready preliminary distribution, 400 copies were Multilithed circulated; Hank's business collapsed; office moved tiny 1 room 17 William Street Newark; A.A. had 100 members (A 159, 310) (B 292) (L 198) (P 200)
February -Frank Amos investigated A.A. gave report John D. Rockefeller (D 129) (P 185)
February 4th -Dick Richardson proposed Alcoholic Foundation be formed (L 197)
March or April -Bill drafted 1st 2 chapters Big Book (A 153) (E 16) (H 143) (L 110, 197) (SM 10) (P 193)
April -Alcoholic Foundation formed, Dr. Leonard Strong, A. LeRoy Chipman, Frank Amos on it as trustees; Bill started dictating Ruth Hock Big Book (B 277-278) (E 18) (H 106, 126) (N 67) (TC 11)
May -Big Book started; Alcoholic Foundation established trusteeship A.A.; 1st members 1st Board Dick Richardson, Frank Amos, Dr. Strong, Dr. Bob, New York A.A. who got drunk (A vii, 152) (D 151) (L 111) (W 160)
June -1st 2 chapters Big Book written (D 151) (H 143)
July 15th -1st documented use name Alcoholics Anonymous, A.A. archives letter Bill to Willard Richardson (P 202)
July 18th -From letter Dr. Richards Johns Hopkins, Bill using Alcoholics Anonymous working title Big Book & name fellowship (P 202)
August 11th -Alcoholic Foundation implemented, set up trust for A.A., board directors 5 members, 3 nonalcoholics Willard Richardson, Frank Amos, John Wood, 2 alcoholics Bill & Dr. Bob (E 18) (L 197) (N 67) (P 188, 394)
September -Frank Amos suggested show Big Book friend Gene Exman editor religious books Harper & Brothers (B 279) (H 143) (N 68)
October -Bill believed name Alcoholics Anonymous appeared discussions this time (A 165) (P 202)
December -Bill stretched out bed wrote 12 Steps (A vii) (B 282) (L 198)
1938-1951 Alcoholic Board operated without support a Conference (TC 37)
Year Event
1939 Dr. Harry Tiebout chief psychiatrist Blythewood Sanitarium Connecticut began lifelong absorption thorough scientific investigation techniques and principles A.A.; Honor Dealers office 17 William Street Newark New Jersey Bill's major headquarters evicted; Dr. Silkworth wrote article Medical Record about alcoholism; Gabriel Heatter popular radio program [We People]; Honor Dealers evicted offices 17 Williams Street Newark New Jersey; Hank P. started drinking; Dr. Bob going St. Thomas Hospital looking prospects; Akron A.A.'s split Oxford Group; Jud O., Alex M. joined A.A. Akron; Archie T., nonalcoholic friend Sarah Klein helped start A.A. group Detroit; Rollie H. famous baseball player, 1 1st go public 1939, sports writer really responsible; Fulton Oursler editor Liberty magazine; Akron alcoholics parted Oxford Group; pioneered 1st alcoholism ward utilizing Alcoholics Anonymous philosophy Akron, modern treatment alcoholism began;, A.A. membership 100 (A vii, 159, 176) (B 303) (C 6, 49) (D 146, 182, 230) (G 46, 73, 82) (H 145, 369) (SM 11) (N 85, 90, 95) (P 193, 201, 207, 220, 228) (S 12, 113)
early 39' -Bill & Hank P. form Works Publishing Company publish Big Book (A 157) (G 79) (L 198)
Spring -Ruth T. joined A.A. (D 242)
Summer -Charles ("C.J.") K. & Eddie B. 12 stepped Duke P. Toledo, both state insane asylum Toledo voluntary commitments, read Big Book manuscript, got out (D 253)
Fall -Bill tried get money for Dr. Bob Guggenheim Foundation (D 172) (G 80)
late Fall -Wife early Akron A.A. Ty, took Big Book Los Angeles (D 177)
end 39' -A.A. had 400 members (A 310)
January -Alcoholic Foundation board increased, 5 members to 7, nonalcoholics still majority (P 189)
January, early -Morgan R. Catholic, ex-adman, came A.A. early January 1939 recently released Rockland asylum, had friend on Catholic Committee Publications New York Archdiocese, commissioned deliver mimeograph copy Big Book committee (A 168) (B 286)
January, mid -Except few last details Big Book ready printers, sent mimeographed manuscript various doctors & ministers criticism (B 285)
March 1st -Jonny R. joined A.A. (C 81)
April -Big book published, run 4,730 copies; Elgie R., John R. joined A.A.; 2 groups, no name A.A.; Hank P. planned have Morgan R. interviewed by Gabriel Heatter M.C. We the People fantastically popular radio show to sell books; sent 20,000 cards every physician east Mississippi reference Big Book (A viii, 159, 175) (B 288) (D 80, 348) (E 25) (G 85) (H 145, 388) (L 104, 115) (SM 11) (P 203, 407) (S 32) (W 160)
April 17th -Abby G. early Cleveland A.A. entered hospital (D 202)
May 1st -Bill & Lois had leave 182 Clinton Street, house sold (A 11, 173) (B 288) (L 6, 125)
May 11th -1st meeting Cleveland A.A. group [no Oxford Group connection] (D 164, 348) (N 78)
May 16th -A.A. meeting Bert's tailor shop 5th Avenue New York (L 198)
May, end of -1st alcoholic patient enters Deaconess Hospital Cleveland, bartender (D 201)
May 18th -Clarence S. started 1st group Cleveland, 1st group called Alcoholics Anonymous Cleveland Heights home Abby G., 16 members (G 103) (N 78) (P 203) (S 32)
June 5th -New York Times good review Big Book (H 145) (L 198) (P 223)
June 30th -Harry Emerson Fosdick writes good review Big Book (A viii) (L 198)
July -Warren C. came A.A. Cleveland, caused debate not hospitalized, 12 stepped by Clarence S. (D 102) (N 236)
July 4th -1st meeting Harold S. Flatbush Brooklyn (L 198)
August -Dr. Bob wrote & may have signed article Faith magazine; Mag & Bob V. started Sunday meetings their house (D 175) (L 127)
August 1st -1st meeting Bert's larger tailoring work loft (L 198)
August 16th -Dr. Bob persuaded Sister Ignatia admit Walter B. notorious alcoholic & regular consumer paregoric [over counter] opiate, Sister Ignatia labeled problem acute gastritis; some say this occurred August 18; put in Flower Room (D 348) (H 374) (S 14, 16, 79, 122, 146)
August 18th -Some say 1st alcoholic admitted St. Thomas Hospital, most believe August 16; special meeting Mag & Bob Montclair New Jersey 6 doctors present 2 Rockland State Hospital 2 Bellevue, Dr. Silkworth, A.A. doctor (L 198) (S 14)
September -Chicago group starting; Nell Wing learns A.A., Keuka College central New York State; Walter B. joined A.A.; Morris Markey article Alcoholics & God Liberty magazine brought 800 pieces mail; Cleveland Plain Dealer carried series articles center editorial page, 1 day for week, A.A. membership Cleveland from 12 over 100 in 1 month; Mort J. Denver resident, book convert (A viii, 93, 134, 177-178) (B 291) (D 348) (G 5) (H 62, 145, 180, 373) (N 83, 90, 102) (S 122)
September 30th -Article [Alcoholics & God] published Liberty magazine Morris Markey (A 17, 87, 177-178) (D 175) (H 62, 145, 180) (SM 11) (N 90)
October -1st central committee 7 men 5 women Cleveland; 1st example A.A. rotation: A.A. articles Cleveland Plains Dealer (A 134) (D 202, 348) (H 62) (N 83, 88)
October 14th -Journal American Medical Association published unsympathetic review Big Book (N 92)
November -1st all A.A. group formed Cleveland; old Borton Group named after T.E. Borton wealthy Cleveland Heights nonalcoholic (D 169, 209) (SM 11) (S 31, 85)
November 26th -Reverend Dr. Dilworth Lupton Cleveland preached sermon reprinted pamphlet form (N 85)
November-December -Akron A.A.'s broke from Oxford Group, began meeting Dr. Bob's house (A viii) (D 348)
December -Matt Talbot Club 88 members, used wagons collect old furniture to recondition & sell, not A.A., used A.A. program, material, marked 1st A.A. effort reach alcoholics outside married middle-class category; Dr. Russell Blaisdell head Rockland State Hospital asked Bill speak; 1st A.A. group mental hospital (A viii) (D 210) (G 73)
December 19th -1st home meeting Los Angeles Kaye M.'s house (A 92)
1930's late Dr. Bob talks with Roland J. spiritualist (D 311)
1939-1940 Bill & Lois moved 51 times not counting weekend stops; winter 1939 & spring 1940 Bill & Lois stay with Bob & Mag (A 179) (L 126)
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1940's Ebby familiar visitor 415 Lexington A.A. office; Bill wrote memos Code Tradition & Code Headquarters & Code Grapevine; Bill pushing hard A.A. self-government through general service conference, visited groups get support; St. Thomas & Knickerbocker Hospitals pioneered best techniques combined medicine & A.A. worked out (G 9, 13) (SM 16)
early 40' -Wife's A.A. prospects interviewed to this time; A.A. Canada started; Lillian R. popular singer went public (D 109) (G 9, 46)
mid 40' -Number black alcoholics found sobriety; Aunt Jenny radio soap opera involving alcoholic family member; U.S. groups proliferating rapidly & starting abroad; radio discovered A.A., call in radio show Ask An Alcoholic; Wilson's traveled among groups U.S. & Canada, movie Lost Weekend out portrayed alcoholic 1st time not Bowery bum successful middle-class businessperson reduced Bowery bum (G 8) (N 120) (P 317)
late 40' -Bill stumped U.S. & Canada explaining, cajoling need for Fellowship continuity after he & Dr. Bob gone (G 51)
1940 Father Ed Dowling wrote 1st Catholic recommendation A.A.; Bill selling wire rope; A.A. got building for meetings 334 1/2 24th Street called 24th Street Clubhouse; Fitz M. long loner Washington D.C. area joined Hardin C. & Bill A.; Paddy K. founded A.A. Boston; Sister Ignatia made hospitalization available alcoholics St. Vincent's Charity Hospital Akron took alcoholic patients single rooms; Akron Group starting meeting King School, Big Book done Braille, Norman Y. had done, never read it; Deaconess hospital took alcoholic patients single room; rainy night Bill & Father Edward Dowling, S.J. meet 24th Street clubhouse; Bill Dr. Bob royalties Big Book starting 1940; impressive A.A. growth; end 3,000 copies Big Book, 1,500 members coast, about 50 groups, 12-13 cities quite stable groups Akron, New York, Cleveland, Detroit, Greenwich Connecticut, Philadelphia, Chicago, Los Angeles, Houston, Little Rock, Arkansas, Washington D.C. Richmond Virginia, St. Louis; official office set up 30 Vesey Street Room 703 downtown Manhattan; membership about 2,000; book sales sole support A.A. office; stock ownership Works Publishing Inc turned over Board Trustees; Toronto minister Reverend George Little saw copy Big Book, gave to parishioner who sobered up; A.A.'s 1st club house 24th Street New York opened; Jimmy B. started A.A. Philadelphia home George S.; Dr. Haggard & Dr. Jellinek published Quarterly Journal Studies Alcohol (A 11, 17, 180, 253) (D 202, 220, 249-250) (E 34-35) (G 24, 66, 79, 86) (H 188, 204, 366) (L 122, 128, 171-172) (SM 12) (N 98) (P 222, 238, 257) (S 34) (TC 11)
early 40' -Dick P. 1st Spanish-speaking joined A.A.; no word John D. Rockefeller 3 years (B 294) (D 249)
late 40' -1st news bulletin Vesey Street headquarters issues groups, 1st pamphlet A.A. published called A.A., John D Rockefeller Jr. A.A. dinner, 1st A.A. clubhouse 24th Street, 1st A.A. oriented drying facility High Watch Farm Kent Connecticut, passing hat custom started, Father Edward Dowling S.J. & Reverend Harry Emerson Fosdick 1st religious leaders endorse A.A. (G 86) (H 147)
Winter -Reporter Saturday Evening Post Jack Alexander assigned investigate & perhaps do A.A. story (A 190-191) (B 310) (H 148, 181) (N 100)
end 40' -A.A. had 2,000 members (A 310) (H 147)
January -Akron group found new home King School, started take collections rent, custodial expenses; most groups required hospitalization, being talked to least 5 A.A.'s or passed committee before new person join; Youngstown 2 couples visit prospective A.A. before could attend 1st meeting; John S. joined A.A.; definite working agreement Sister Ignatia superior Sister Clementine, Dr. Bob, probably Chief Staff St. Thomas Hospital (D 100, 146, 263, 348) (S 85, 87)
February -Grand Central Station Lois started weeping due not having home, started looking own place; Lorraine Greim Ruth Hock's assistant started work Newark office; Bill & Lois move Monsey apt small place Greenwich Village; Bert T. & Horace C. discover & guarantee rent building 334 1/2 West 24th Street, old Illustrators Club (B 297, 304) (L 128) (P 216)
February 8th -John D. Rockefeller Jr. gives A.A. dinner, Manhattan's exclusive Union Club (A 87) (B 295) (E 15) (G 73) (H 145) (L 128, 198) (P 232)
March -Mort J. early A.A., book convert, came Los Angeles from Denver & helped faltering group; started custom reading Chapter 5 Big Book Cecil group (A 93) (P 266, 288)
March 16th -Works Publishing moves offices Newark, 30 Vesey Street Room 703 lower Manhattan (A 187) (L 129, 198) (P 235)
April 21st -1st rehabilitation home for alcoholics Joy Farm near Kent Connecticut (L 122, 199)
May -1st anonymity break national level Rollie H. catcher Cleveland Indians just caught Bob Feller no-hitter, revealed been sober A.A. year, caused lot publicity (D 251) (N 85, 95) (P 236)
June -2nd A.A. meeting Baltimore (P 258)
June 30th -Works Publishing Company incorporated (W 160)
September -1st meeting Toledo A.A., Duke P., others started; Journal Nervous & Mental Diseases published most unsympathetic review Big Book (D 255) (N 92)
October 1st -Total A.A. membership 1,433, 30% + Cleveland, 47% Ohio (S 157)
November 4th -Wilson's moved upstairs bedroom 334 1/2 24th Street 24th Street Clubhouse (H 366) (P 238)
November 2nd week -3 groups Cleveland, 3rd week Orchard Grove Group started making 4 (D 209-210)
December -Group started Ashtabula, Ohio due Plain Dealer articles A.A., Cleveland about 30 groups (A 134) (D 207, 211) (H 62)
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1941 Wilson's buy & move home [Stepping Stones], rural area New York State; Ernie G. A.A. #4 marries Dr. Bob's daughter Sue; Bill looking work, early gives up; fellowship likened noisy robust infant, midst terrible 2's; Vi S. & husband Freddie S. Cleveland join A.A.; Serenity Prayer brought Ruth Hock's attention; 1st professional intervention Charity Hospital, Dr. Harry Nash complied with junior assistant Dr. Victor D. Ippolito operating room not operate; Alcoholics Anonymous established American institution; started year 2,000 members end 8,000 due Saturday Evening Post Article Jack Alexander article; groups began send contributions Alcoholic Foundation (A 87, 94, 134, 196) (B 312, 315) (D 91, 245) (G 37, 111, 133) (H 1, 148, 181) (SM 14) (N 101) (P 154, 222, 264, 265) (S 163) (TC 11)
early 41' -Began evident co-founders ultimate responsibility & authority services should never be wholly vested Board Trustees (TC 12)
Spring -Bill & Lois move Stepping Stones New Bedford after 23 years marriage; 2,000 members (A 190) (B 317) (L 133)
Fall -Doc Smith Day planned Clarence S. other Cleveland A.A.'s (D 265)
end 41' -Membership from 1,500 to 8,000, 170 groups, inquiries letters Canada, Africa, England, France, Australia; Big Book sales 3,600 for year, Big Book 2nd printing; Serenity Prayer adopted; groups asked contribute $1 twice year support headquarters; A.A. had 8,000 members (A 192, 196, 310) (G 86-87) (H 1, 150)
January 4th -Wilson's find home Bedford Hill's New York (P 259)
February 24th -Jack Alexander Saturday Evening Post article lead story dated March 1 put A.A. on map out (A viii, 87, 89, 94, 191) (E 16) (H 148, 181) (SM 13) (L 132) (P 244, 247, 407)
March -Cleveland's A.A.'s celebrated Doc Smith Day (D 348)
March 1st -Jack Alexander A.A. story Saturday Evening Post opened flood gates to A.A. (A 87, 89, 94, 134, 191) (B 311-312) (C 7) (G 73, 86) (H 148, 181) (L 132) (SM 13) (N 101) (S 140)
April -Bill cold in chest, took medicine high % alcohol, Lois away cruise, Bill started thinking about drinking (L 134)
April 11th -Wilson's move Bedford Hills, 1st home 23 years marriage (P 260)
April 20th -Lois cruise with Chris's mother (L 134)
May -Ethel M., Rollo M., Freddie S. & wife joined A.A.; Bill & Lois accept plan buy Stepping Stones (D 223, 245) (L 133)
June -Jack C. brought Serenity Prayer Vesey Street office (A 196) (P 252)
September -Dr. Bob's daughter, Ernie G. A.A. #4 married (C 12, 51)
November -Eve Pearl Harbor; A.A. 200 groups, 6,000 A.A.'s, most never seen Bill (P 266)
1941-1944 Bill in groups getting know A.A., making himself available individuals, talking, listening, counseling, sharing, giving himself, nurture Fellowship; received as messiah (P 267-268)
1941-April 1961 Leonard V. Harrison board trustee except 5 year hiatus 1956-1961 chairman (G 74)
1942 Dr. Bob & Bill accused making undue profits on Big Book; started work down-and-outers, skid row Cleveland; Joe P. joined A.A., Dr. Bob's fellow Dartmouth College alumnus; Clinton Duffy allowed 1st A.A. prison meeting; Ruth Hock left A.A. get married, Bobbie B. took over; 1st prison A.A. group (A viii, 16, 89, 195) (D 18, 191, 267, 248, 348) (E 62) (H 152)
March -Received recommendation Colonel Donovan Washington Supply Service, interviewed brigadier general charge Army's Philadelphia Quartermaster Depot, offered accept Bill as Captain, Bill failed physical ulcers; Ruth Hock left remarry A.A., moved Ohio (L 138) (P 272)
November -1902 class reporter wrote Dr. Bob's A.A. involvement (D 22)
1942-1943 Bruce M. met Dr. Bob, sober 1945 (D 276)
1943 Bill & Lois make 1st cross-country tour A.A. groups, Traditions idea rose due constant & similar questions; Polly F.L. joined Chicago A.A.; Dr. E.M. Jellinek & Dr. Haggard inaugurated Yale Summer School Alcohol Studies (D 246) (H 188) (L 145) (P 305, 407)
late 43' -Bill spoke more 1,000 A.A's Los Angeles; met Warden Clinton T. Duffy 1st known corrections official in country permit A.A. meeting inside prison (G 74)
October 24th -Wilson's start 1st major A.A. tour planning return January 19, 1944; start Windsor group Canada (A 84) (P 286-287)
November 24th -A.A.'s 8th Anniversary Dinner (G 73)
November 28th -Bill guest speaker San Quentin Penitentiary (E 62)
1943 late-1944 early Bill & Lois visited groups West, South (L 143)
1943-1947 2 week gathering Minnesota, attendance invitation only usually those considered founders Midwest groups (D 299)
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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)
1944-1955 Bill W's depressed (P 293, 303)
1944-1946 worst years Bill W's 11 year depression (P 293, 295)
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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)
1945-1955 Most turbulent, exciting time history A.A.; Bill's depression particularly troublesome (G 11, 53)
1945-1967 Bill focused building service structure (P 336)
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)
1946-1947 film star broke her anonymity (P 308)
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1947 Dr. Bob's 1st operation; Dr. Oscar Olsen friend & enthusiastic A.A. since 1947; founder Oslo Norway group from Greenwich Connecticut, found A.A. 1947; Captain Jack 1st Internationalist found A.A.; 1st A.A. meeting England; 1st group Brazil & Scotland (A 83) (B 349) (E 32, 41, 47, 51) (G 73) (L 149) (P 334)
early 47' -40,000 A.A.'s, 1,250 groups (G 9)
March 3rd -Nell Wing started work A.A. Fellowship, Alcoholic Foundation 415 Lexington Avenue across Grand Central Station, 13 employees, 2 staff members, Bill once week (G 5, 7, 90)
March 4th -Nell Wing met Bill 11th floor 415 Lexington Avenue(G 7)
June -A.A. preamble originally appeared Grapevine (E 30)
1947-1950 Bill selling Traditions (P 324)
1947-1982 Nell Wing worked General Service Office March 3 1947-1982, secretary-receptionist, secretary A.A. World Services Inc Board, General Service Conference duties, publications editor, archivist 10 years (G ix)
1948 Clint F., friend co-worker Bill's. came A.A.; Dr. Bob diagnosed terminal cancer; Al S. chaired dinner, maybe Bill's anniversary celebration, Dr. Bob, wife, Bill, wife there, so excited couldn't remember Dr. Bob's name; George H. pro-conference New York A.A., surveyed groups around country reference self-government; Bill & Lois extended trip visit groups; Bill on road sound out groups elected conference (A 211) (D 320, 322) (L 149) (P 161, 334)
Summer -Dr. Bob found with cancer, retired practice (D 320, 348) (TC 7)
late 48' -Al S. Grapevine editor succeeding Tom Y. 1st editor (G 88)
January -1st A.A. meeting Japan English speaking (E 56)
December -Dr. Bob's last major talk Detroit (D 287, 348)
1949 possibility international convention 1st raised Houston A.A.; Bill acts upon Earl T.'s suggestion shorten 12 Points Assure Our Future; Henry W. heard Dr. Bob, Bill, Bill D., Sister Ignatia speak Akron meeting, got drunk, sober 1950; Internationalists Seamen Group organized Captain Jack S., Dr. Bob's wife Annie died, Earl T. suggested reduce Traditions short form; Sister Ignatia admitted Dr. Bob & Anne St. Thomas Hospital; 1st National Clergy Conference Alcoholism N.C.C.A.; A.A. Grapevine international monthly journal A.A.; American Psychiatric Association recognizes A.A. (A viii, 205) (D 277) (G 10-11, 20, 83) (SM 134) (P 333-334) (S 129, 197)
end 49' -A.A. office about 5 staffers, 14 or more other nonalcoholic employees; membership more 96,000 (G 8) (H 1)
March -Dr. Bob considered idea A.A. conference premature (D 348)
May 24th -Rochester's Dr. Kirby Collier, early A.A. admirer among psychiatrists invited Bill participate alcoholism symposium American Psychiatric Association meeting Montreal, printed American Journal Psychiatry (A 2, 205) (H 156, 173, 370) (SM 16) (P 334)
June 1st -Anne Ripley Smith, Dr. Bob's wife, died age 68 heart attack (C 7, 60) (D 328, 348) (G 88) (P 334) (S 117, 128, 130)
June -Dr. Bob's wife's burial service Akron (G 83)
December 7th -Sister Ignatia received Poverello Medal behalf A.A. (S 140)
December 25th -Perhaps day Dr. Bob's last visit alcoholic ward St. Thomas Hospital (D 197)
1950's Duke University center experiments precognition, researchers assembled extensive records extrasensory perception; General Service began; Bill relinquished overall guidance & leadership groups; put service structure into place & learning how service; Frank Shaw died (G 57, 90) (L 74)
early 50's -Jack Alexander member Board Trustees (G 73)
late 50's -Bill took LSD under supervision friend Gerald Heard (G 54)
1950-1951 years leading up to debate desirability some sort advisory board (SM 17)
1950-1971 Nell Wing Bill's secretary (W 182)
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1951-1952 12 & 12 written, 1st published 2 editions, 1 distribution A.A. groups, 2nd costing $.50 more intended sale bookstores & distributed through Harper & Brothers (P 352, 355-356)
1955-1967 A.A. groups increases 5,927 to 13,279, overseas groups 20% A.A. population (A x)
1956-1960 Nell Wing worked alone most time, Bill visited weekly (G 16)
1956-1961 Leonard V. Harrison chairman board (G 74)
1957-1966 Dr. Harry Tiebout General Service Board Class Trustee (G 67)
1958-1961 Al S. director A.A. Grapevine Inc & trustee General Service Board (G 89)
1960's (early) Bill reacquainted Joe Hirshhorn, brilliant financier, employed Bill during early 1930's no 1 else would; Bill became involved new idea converting heat into electricity; U.S. military instituted alcoholism & drug abuse programs; New York annual Bill's Birthday Dinners, Harold Hughes Senate Hearings alcoholism Bill involved; A.A. membership spread worldwide; 1st triannual A.A. membership survey 1960's; General Service Conference changed provide 2/3 A.A. members 1/3 nonalcoholics & adopted 12 Concepts World Service; pamphlet 12 Concepts World Service published; Bill retired active participation; critical A.A. article Arthur Cain Harper's magazine & Saturday Evening Post; Dr. Humphrey Osmond & Dr. Abram Hoffer reported some success treating depression vitamin B-3 niacin, Bill tried, put out 3 papers; A.A. headquarters took entire 14th floor old building East 45th Street; Bill wrote Dr. Carl Jung (B 361-362) (G 20, 44-54, 90) (L 159) (N 137, 304) (P 274, 379-380)
late 60's -emphysema curtailing Bill's activities (G 27)
1963-1967 rapid overseas growth (A x)
1970's Hughes Bill resulted federal money alcoholism prevention & treatment, brought large numbers treatment graduates A.A.; Dr. Norris others invited speak overseas professional meetings; better understanding General Service Office; Rand Report suggested A.A.'s emphasis abstinence inaccurate-some alcoholics could drink; special groups young people, women, nonsmokers, elderly, doctors, lawyers, airline pilots [Birds Feather], gays; scores programs using 12 Steps formed
mid 70's -Sheila T. joined Nell Wing & Harriet G. help archives (G 126)
end 70's -Big Book selling millions copies (G 92-93)
1971-1982 Nell Wing General Service office archivist (W 182)
1976-1985 Michael Alexander A.A. Trustee (G 140)
1980's (mid) A.A. found way Soviet Union (E 54)


(B) BILL W. -by Robert Thomsen
(C) CHILDREN OF THE HEALER -by Bob Smith & Sue Smith Windows as told to P. Christine Brewer
(L) LOIS REMEMBERS -by Lois Wilson
(N) NOT-GOD -by Ernest Kurtz
(S) SISTER IGNATIA -by Mary C. Darrah
(W) A.A., THE WAY IT BEGAN -by Bill Pittman

Note: Each snippet is referenced: examples are as follows: (B 147)=Bill W. -page 147, (N 283)=Not-God-page 283, (P 111)=Pass It On -page 111.

Many heartfelt thanks go out to Archie M. of Tennessee, who did much research in order to compile this "Timelines in AA History" and to Arthur S., Northeast Texas Area Archives, who has built upon Archie M's original Timeline file. Please feel free to contact Archie or Arthur. If you make changes to these files it would be greatly appreciated if you'd drop a line as to the changes you have incorporated into these documents. All comments welcomed. For comments, additions & corrections can be passed on to us.

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