From the Archives: Interview with Bill W. in SF
The Buzz has been celebrating Intergroup and Central Office turning 75 this year by sharing treasures from the Archives Committee, including this 1948 interview with Bill from the San Francisco Examiner. Bill was in San Francisco for the annual meeting of the Nevada-Northern California A.A. Conference, which represented a total of 78 A.A. groups at that time.
The article begins, “The mild mannered man 60,000 nondrinking alcoholics call ‘Bill’ came to San Francisco yesterday.
“Cofounder a dozen years ago of Alcoholics Anonymous, he brought with him the report that A.A. is having success in preventing young people who need help from becoming full blown alcoholics.”
Bill says, “Before, most of us had to wait until we were in our late thirties or a year from the undertaker’s, as I was to discover, that we couldn’t drink; that we were sick, and that there was a way out for us, which is now A.A.”