By Matthew J. Raphael
William Griffith Wilson, pointed out by way of "Time" journal as one of many hundred so much influential members of the 20th century, is best often called invoice W., cofounder of Alcoholics nameless. during this publication, Matthew J. Raphael, himself a member of A.A. (and writing the following below a pseudonym, according to A.A.'s culture of anonymity), provides a revealing new examine either the mythical invoice W. and the personal Mr. Wilson, who attempted to stay except his personal big name.
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Is one of the last refuges for the American smoker. A. meetings I used to attend before most of them went smokeless under pressure from their landlords (who, most often, are churches willing to rent out their basements). A. is, of course, caffeine; and so it's deliciously ironic when the coffeemaker for the huge Saturday night meeting fails to show up, leaving a single belatedly brewed pot to serve a stadium full of patrons, some of whom are not amused by the oversight, or by the tight restrictions on smoking in the "open" air.
Eliot) for a hundred indecisions, for a hundred visions and revisions, before the taking of a gin and tonic. Meanwhile the dreadful compulsion may safely pass. Likewise for Bill W. in 1935, the bilevel layout of the Mayflower lobby may have afforded him a slim psychological margin that might have tipped the balance in favor of his continued sobriety. My point here is not to "debunk" the Mayflower story or to suggest that Wilson was not telling the whole truth about his own experience, strength, and hope.
When there were only about a hundred members and when Wilson, the first of them to stop drinking, had only four years' sobriety. So recently himself on the road to excess, he had not, perhaps, fully entered the palace of wisdom. A. 's crisis in the Mayflower lobby. 's foundational legends be henceforth regarded as myth. Wherever the bar may have been on 11 May 1935, the heart of this story remains the reality of Bill's torment in fighting off a drink and his saving faith in talking to another drunk.
Bill W. and Mr. Wilson: the legend and life of A.A.'s cofounder by Matthew J. Raphael