By Bill W.

¿I used to be born, to be certain, in a inn then referred to as Wilson condo ¿ i used to be born, maybe rightly, in a room simply again of the outdated bar.¿

It was once the start of a lifestyles that may swap the lives of thousands. advised the following for the 1st time in his personal phrases is the tale of the fellow who might emerge as often called invoice W.¿a guy who, for his half in founding the fellowship of Alcoholics nameless, will be celebrated as one of many very important figures of the 20th century.

¿The terrifying darkness had turn into entire. In discomfort of spirit, I back considered the melanoma of alcoholism which had now ate up me in brain and spirit, and shortly the physique. yet what of the good healthcare professional? For a short second, i assume, the final hint of my obstinacy used to be overwhelmed out because the abyss yawned.

¿I be mindful asserting to myself, ¿I¿ll do whatever, whatever in any respect. If there be an outstanding doctor, I¿ll name on him.¿ Then, with neither religion nor desire I cried out, ¿If there be a God, enable him convey himself.¿¿

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Meanwhile, all unbeknown to Dorothy and me, a rift was developing between my mother and my father. Temperamentally, as you may already guess, they were very different people. It is altogether probable that my mother should have been a career person, as indeed later she was to be. I recollect, too, my mother was having what they said Page 10 were nervous breakdowns, sometimes requiring that she go away for extended periods to the seashore, and on one occasion to the sanitarium. Though I did not know it, and though my father never became an alcoholic, he was at times a pretty heavy drinker.

As I earlier remarked, the town of Danby was probably settled very early by some of the Griffiths, and all of them were people of extremely high native intelligence. They were lawyers and teachers and judges. One of them, indeed, turned into a super businessman for those days.  . had amassed in this little and small state, almost a million dollars, which was a great fortune in those days. But the Griffiths, though hard driving and people of immense will, immense valor, and great fortitude, had Page 7 extreme difficulty in forming close relations with other people.

My grandfather Wilson was a very serious case of alcoholism, and it no doubt hastened his death, although some years prior to this he had, to everyone's great surprise, hit the sawdust trail, to speak figuratively, at a revival meeting in the Congregational Church and was never known to drink afterward. This caused great consternation, Grandmother used to say, among his erstwhile agnostic and hard-drinking Civil War buddies, who then abounded in the town. I say abounded, but that is hardly the case, for East Dorset was, and still is today, only a hamlet of about fifty houses.

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