On March 21st, 1966 Ebby Thacher died in Ballston Spa New York. Ebby was Bill Wilson’s sponsor and the man who first carried the recovery message to a very ill Bill W. in Brooklyn thirty years earlier. Ebby’s role is documented in our Big Book in the chapter called “ Bill’s Story” and in the many history books about AA.
The message that Ebby brought to Bill that cold, damp night was not AA, of course—there was no AA until later that year.
But Ebby offered Bill the message and the practices of The Oxford Group—an evangelical Christian movement that saved souls and saved “drunks”.
Our AA twelve steps evolved from the six similar steps of the Oxford Group.
Ebby struggled to stay sober while Bill and then Bob went on to become the “founders” of Alcoholics Anonymous.
But on this day we must remember that there would be no AA, and no Bill W and Dr. Bob, without Ebby. In that way Ebby was well used by God
We never know the role we are playing in someone’s life or what our momentary actions might mean to something or someone much later.
Thank you Ebby for carrying what you could and doing what you did.