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Lois Wilson

The Angry Atheist Who Made AA Great

By Susan Cheever

Jim B., often wrongly overlooked, fought Bill W. to a draw over the original wording of the 12 Steps. "God" got qualified and tolerance got added. Without this nonbeliever, AA would never have thrived. MORE  

Lois Wilson, My Hero

By Malina Saval

Al-Anon's founder—the wife of Bill Wilson—transcends a made-for-TV movie I saw recently. She helped to transform my family for the better. MORE  

Making the Pilgrimage to AA's Mecca

By Susan Cheever

The annual AA and Al-Anon picnic at Stepping Stones evokes personal memories and movement history for Bill W.'s most famous biographer. MORE  

Bill W: The First Intimate Documentary

By Heather King

The AA co-founder had to wait 40 years after his death for an up-close and personal documentary, complete with a never-before-seen archival trove. The filmmakers explain what took so long. MORE  

Why Bill W. Wrote the 12 Steps Twice

By Susan Cheever

The AA founder penned two versions of the 12 Steps, separated by 15 years and a lifetime of troubles. Their differences will surprise you. MORE  

Bill W. House May Become National Historic Landmark

By Hunter R. Slaton

The birthplace of AA's "higher power" concept hits several Landmark requirements, including being an "icon of ideals that shaped the nation." MORE  

Susan Cheever on the Real Bill W.

By Susan Cheever

On the anniversary of his 1971 death, the AA founder's complicated life is more instructive than ever in an increasingly tumultuous world. MORE  

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