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Bill Wilson, c. 1960. In April, 1935, Bill attempted to rebuild his shattered career by becoming involved in a stock-proxy battle over a small machine tool company in Akron, OH.
His venture was not successful, and on the Saturday before Mothers' Day, 1935, he found himself in the lobby of his hotel, lonely and fearful that the cheerful sounds coming from the nearby bar were becoming far too attractive. Panicstricken at the thought that he would drink again, he instinctively knew he needed another alcoholic to talk to. Almost at random, Bill picked a minister's name from the hotel's church directory, and through a series of remarkable circumstances, a meeting was arranged for the next day with a local doctor -
Dr. Bob - whose growing reputation for drunkenness was of grave concern to his friends.

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