Akron Ohio. 10th June 1935. Just over 80 years ago today. Two men meet. Bill W who had gone to Akron for a big business deal that had gone south. He was only a few months sober and had been following the advice of his friend Ebby. He’d been attending the Oxford Group meetings and keeping himself sober. But he was away from home, annoyed at the failed deal and the bar was calling him. He phoned around and it was suggested he talk to Doctor Bob. He met him and talked for hours. Dr Bob found someone who “talked my language” that day. That was his sobriety date and is taken as the date of the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous. 10 June 1935 was the last day Dr Bob drank and the official birth of AA
So many people throughout the world are so indebted to what happened that day and what those two men helped to create. I count myself as privileged to be among that number.