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Ebby Thacher

Edwin Throckmorton Thacher (29 April 1896–21 March 1966) (commonly known as Ebby Thacher or Ebby T.), was an old drinking friend and later the sponsor of Alcoholics Anonymous co-founder Bill Wilson. He is credited with introducing Wilson to the initial principles that AA would soon develop, such as “one alcoholic talking to another,” and the Jungian thesis which was passed along to […]

Frank Buchman and the Oxford Group

The Oxford Group was a Christian organization founded by American Christian missionary Dr. Frank Bucham. Buchman was an American Lutheran minister of Swiss descent who in 1908 had a conversion experience in a chapel in England and as a result of that experience he would later found a movement called A First Century Christian Fellowship in 1921, that eventually became known as the Oxford […]

Dr. Jung, Dr. Silkworth and AA

  (Taken from the January 1968 (Vol. 24, No. 8) Grapevine. Reprinted with permission of the A.A. Grapevine, Inc.)   Except for what Dr. Jung told Roland and what Dr. Silkworth told Lois, there might never have been any AA. Bill got the verdict: He was doomed. Unless. .  Editor’s Note–On Saturday, October 7, 1967, […]

Jung’s link in the history of AA. ( History Week)

Carl Gustav Jung 26July 1875 – 6 June 1961) was a Swiss psychologist and psychiatrist who founded analytical psychology. Jung proposed and developed the concepts of the extroverted and the introverted personality, archetypes, and the collective unconscious. His work has been influential in psychiatry and in the study of religion, literature, and related fields Jung recommended spirituality as a cure […]

Letter from Carl Jung to Bill W

The Drinkers (by: Vincent van Gogh)

Most of us have been unwilling to admit we were real alcoholics. No person likes to think he is bodily and mentally different from his fellows. Therefore, it is not surprising that our drinking careers have been characterized by countless vain attempts to prove we could drink like other people. The idea that somehow, someday […]

Washington Post Obituary of Bill Wilson

Known to Thousands as Bill W. Alcoholics Anonymous Founder Dies By Donald E. Graham Washington Staff Writer Scores of thousands of people learned for the first time the name of the man who helped them recover from alcoholism when William Griffith Wilson died of pneumonia in a Miami Hospital Sunday night. The New York headquarters […]


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