Bill Wilson wrote this dedication in an AA book he gave to Ebby Thacher:
No day passes that I do not remember that you brought me the message that saved me – and only God knows how many more.
In affection, Bill ”
Today March 21st, marks the 53rd anniversary of Ebby Thacher. Some people have viewed Ebby as a founder of the Alcoholics Anonymous program, because of the message of sobriety he brought to Bill Wilson.
“I called on Bill several times while he was in the hospital and answered Bill’s questions about the Oxford Group as best I could. It was during that hospital [stay] that Bill W. had his “spiritual experience” and was freed from alcohol, never to return to the bottle again.
I rode herd on Bill in the beginning and stuck by him as we attended many Oxford Group meetings. Bill quickly got comfortable and started speaking at meetings as time went on. Those early meetings we attended were basically the same as the AA meetings of today. Everyone had the opportunity to share their experience, strength, and hope. Of course, the meetings weren’t confined to alcoholics, but those attending shared their problems and their victories.” –Ebby T.
taken from Dr. Bob and Bill W. Speak, pg. 24