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By Matthew J. Raphael

William Griffith Wilson, pointed out by way of "Time" journal as one of many hundred so much influential participants of the 20 th century, is healthier referred to as invoice W., cofounder of Alcoholics nameless. during this ebook, Matthew J. Raphael, himself a member of A.A. (and writing the following below a pseudonym, in keeping with A.A.'s culture of anonymity), provides a revealing new examine either the mythical invoice W. and the non-public Mr. Wilson, who attempted to reside except his personal superstar.

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He had about ten dollars in his pocket. Now began the personal crisis that was to set in motion a series of life-changing events for Bill. There was a bar at one end of the lobby, and Bill felt himself drawn to it. Should he have a ginger ale or two, perhaps scrape up an acquaintance? What could be the harm in that? (PIO, 135) Page 10 Although this version hews to the original by borrowing Bill's exact language, the emphasis falls, as in Thomsen's account, on a fictive rendering of what Bill must have been thinking and feeling that afternoon.

The old church directory, for instance, is still hanging, but not in its original position. The main desk and the telephones have long since been removed. Fortunately, someone has taped up hand-lettered signs to indicate what was where in 1935. The front desk, which has been supplanted by a large painting of the nautical Mayflower, once stood opposite the stairway from the Main Street entrance. Thus in 1935 a guest reaching the lobby by those steps would have seen the desk straight ahead, the doors to the hotel dining room at the near left of the desk, the steps down to the State Street entrance at the far left, and, to the far right, the lobby extension leading to the elevators.

At one end of the room stood a glass covered directory of local churches. Down the lobby a door opened into an attractive bar. He could see the gay crowd inside.  . He was on thin ice. Again it was the old, insidious insanitythat first drink. With a shiver, he turned away and walked down the lobby to the church directory. Music and gay chatter still floated to him from the bar. : On Saturday, Mother's Day eve, I was pacing up and down the hotel lobby, wondering what I could do. The bar at one end of my beat was filling up rapidly.

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