Father Ed Dowling and AA’s Bill W.

Father Ed Dowling and AA's Bill W.by Robert Fitzgerald, S.J.Bill Wilson, co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, was down. His feet hung over the end of the bed that nearly filled the small room he and his wife, Lois, had rented above the 24th Street AA Club in New York....

The First AA Pamphlet April 1940 – Houston Press Articles by Larry Jewell

 THE FIRST “A.A.” PAMPHLETAS DERIVED FROM THE SERIESOF ARTICLES FROM THEHOUSTON PRESSBYLARRY JEWELL*(April 1940)*Larry Jewell came to Houston from Cleveland with only a Big Book and a Spiritual Experience resulting from having taken the Steps while hospitalized.  His...

Larry Jewell: Founder of AA in Texas and author of The Houston Press Articles and The Texas Prayer

Larry JewellHe was a writer originally from Cleveland, Ohio that was 12- stepped by Clarence Snyder and Dr. Bob while at St. Thomas Hospital in the winter of 1940. Clarence and Dr. Bob took Larry through the 12-steps leading him to a spiritual experience. Upon his...

The Original Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting Preamble

The Original AA Preamble Also Known as the Wilmington Preamble:We are gathered here because we are faced with the fact that we are powerless over alcohol and unable to do anything about it without the help of a Power greater than ourselves. We feel that each person's...

The Birth of AA in Texas – April 1940

THE BIRTH OF A.A. IN TEXAS by Paul W.  The seeds of Texas A.A. were planted in the winter of 1940 when Larry J., a newly sober newspaperman from Cleveland, took a job with The Houston Press. Larry was sponsored by Dr. Bob & Clarence S. (Clarence’s story, Home...

The Saturday Evening Post – April 1, 1950

Eight years after the release of the wildly successful 1941 Saturday Evening Post article, Bill W. wrote to Jack Alexander with a request.  Bill W. was interested in a follow-up article and was hoping Alexander would write one, and on June 8, 1949, Bill W. wrote the...

‘Lone Endeavor’ – Story from the First Printing of the Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book

The story 'Lone Endeavor' was an interesting story that was added in the late preparation for the printing of the Big Book in 1939. This personal story from the back of the book was removed after the release of the First Printing of the book and has not reappeared in...

History of The Big Book: The Second Printing 1941

The 2nd Printing of the First Edition Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book was published in March 1941. The book was released at the same time as the famed Saturday Evening Post article written by Jack Alexander which hit the newsstands on March 1, 1941. Because of the...

The Saturday Evening Post – March 1, 1941

The story behind the Jack Alexander article on A.A. On March 1, 1941, The Saturday Evening Post published an article titled “Alcoholics Anonymous: Freed Slaves of Drink, Now They Free Others” written by Jack Alexander.  The article became a major turning point in...

Elder Statesman: Bill W

I have always been grateful. that I had an opportunity to photograph A.A. co-Founder Bill W. at a symbolic time and place. It was June 15, 1958, Founders' Day for A.A. in Akron, Ohio. Bill was at the gravesite of Dr. Bob and Anne Smith, where in a few moments he would...

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