Category: Key Players in AA History

Charles B. Towns

By bob k December 11, 1934  Bill Wilson should have been desperate, depressed, and beyond all optimism, when he arrived at Towns Hospital to undergo a fourth and final detox.  Following his Armistice Day...

Plain Dealer

Clarence Snyder: Almost Co-Founder

By bob k From time to time, various names are suggested as being worthy of “co-founder” status, for contributions leading AA to be what it is today.  People such as Dr. Silkworth, William James,...

Rollie Hemsley

Anonymity in the 21st Century

By bob k A Nameless Group of Drunks In the 1930s the whole concept of “anonymity” was very simple. Bill Wilson’s “nameless group of drunks”, helping themselves by helping each other, were progressing into...

Bill Wilson and Ebby Thacher

Edwin Throckmorton Thacher (Ebby)

By bob k The story of Ebby Thacher is one of large privilege and poor performance, the tale of a classic underachiever. Iconic television character, Al Bundy, peaked at seventeen years of age by...

Twentieth Century Influences on AA

By bob k It is fairly common knowledge that there are religious roots to AA. Much has been written about our earliest existence as part of the Christian revivalist Oxford Group. From Carl Jung comes...