C: And I think if we're going to study our Big Book,
which hopefully that's what we're going to do this weekend. We need to go
back, and we need to look at a little bit of the history of the book. We
need to see how it came into being, and why it came into being, in order
to really understand the sequence that the book is written in.
We always kind of like to go back to the summer of
1937, when two fellows in Akron, Ohio, a guy named Dr. Bob Smith and
another fellow named Bill Wilson, sat down in Dr. Bob's kitchen. They
counted heads on the number of people that they knew that were staying
sober on this information that had been presented to them throughout the
latter part of the 1930's.
Bill had learned some of this information from a guy
named Dr. Silkworth in the Towns Hospital in the summer of 1933. Bill had
learned some of this information from a fellow named Ebby Thatcher in the
fall of 1934. Ebby had learned some of this information from a fellow
named Rowland Hazzard, who had learned it from Dr. Jung over in
Switzerland. Ebby had brought this information to his old friend Bill in
New York City, trying to help Bill recover from the disease of alcoholism.