L1-3: “More than one hundred men and women.” Is this an exact count of how many AAs had gotten and stayed sober as of the publishing of the BB? – No. The record seems to show that between 1935 and 1938, about 74 members had so “recovered from a hopeless state of mind and body.”
Why the claim, then? – The stated number may have included AAs who got but did not stay sober during the entire period in question. For a variety of reasons, recovery in AA does not lend itself to precise head counts.
How many among these were actually women? – Reportedly one.
What was her name, and where was she from? – Florence R., of NYC. She relapsed after a year or so, and apparently committed suicide in 1939.
Her story was published in the 1st edition of the BB and is reprinted in ES&H. What is its title there? – “A Feminine Victory,” pp. 16-23. Cross-reference: Chapter 8: To Wives, footnote, p.104.
L25-26: ". . . a New York stockbroker and an Akron physician. Who were these men? – Bill W. and Dr. Bob.
L1-3: ". . . an alcoholic friend who had been in contact with the Oxford Groups." Who was this friend? – Ebby T.
Where had the meeting taken place? – In the kitchen of Bill & Lois' Clinton Street apartment in Brooklyn Heights. Cross-reference to meeting place: “Women Suffer Too,” p. 201, L22-233.
L6-7: Prominent attorney, ex-city councilman, and former church deacon, “AA number three” started his eighth detox in six months at Akron City Hospital by assaulting two nurses. What was his name? – Bill D.
Known as “the man on the bed,” his story appears Part I: Pioneers of A.A. What is its title? – “Alcoholics Anonymous Number Three,” p. 182. Cross-reference: See entry for "A Vision for You," p. 156, in Chapters 1-11.
How long had Dr. Bob been sober when he and Bill went to work on what was “Their very first case?” – 16 days.
Was this really their first case? – No. There were two earlier but unsuccessful cases.
Who were these alcoholics? – a Dr. McKay and Eddie R. Cross-reference: “Alcoholics Anonymous Number Three,” Personal Stories Section, 4th Edition, p. 182.
L7-8: “. . . chief physician at a nationally prominent hospital.” What hospital was this? – Towns Hospital on Central Park West, NYC.
L13-16: “In late 1934 I attended a patient . . . who was an alcoholic of a type I had come to regard as hopeless. Who was this patient? – Bill W. Cross-reference: “Bill’s Story,” p. 7; “A Vision for You,” p. 162; “Our Southern Friend,” p. 213.
L20: “. . . one of the leading contributors of this book? Who was that? – Bill W.
L7-9: “. . . and unless this person can experience an entire psychic change there is very little hope of his recovery." This echoes the words of a well-known Swiss psychiatrist. Who was this? – Carl Jung.
Whom had this psychiatrist treated, unsuccessfully? – Rowland H.
What was his advice to him? – To seek a spiritual experience.
Where did Rowland find it? – In the Oxford Group in NYC.
L3-6: Who was the man “brought in to be treated for chronic alcoholism” who also had had a “gastric hemorrhage” and “seemed to be a case of pathological mental deterioration?” – Hank P.
AA number 2 in NY, he got sober in the same hospital Bill W. did. What hospital was this? – Towns Hospital on Central Park West, in NYC.
What is the title of his story, which appeared in the 1st edition of the BB? – “The Unbeliever,” now in ES&H, p. 5.
L21-25: Another patient “had hidden in a deserted barn determined to die.” He got sober at the same hospital and became AA number 3 in NY. What was his name? – Fitz M.
His story appears in Part I: Pioneers of A.A. What is its title? – “Our Southern Friend,” p. 208. Cross-reference to Towns Hospital: “The Doctor’s Opinion,” p. XXV; “Bill’s Story,” p. 7; “A Vision for You,” p. 162; “Our Southern Friend,” p. 213. Cross-reference to Fitz M.: “We Agnostics,” p. 56; “The Vicious Cycle,” p. 219; “Our Southern Friend,” pp. 497–507.