Dr. Bob’s 2nd Talk in Detroit
The Webster was a world renowned hotel for the fact it had the world’s first indoor swimming pool. It was located on the corner of Putnam Street and Cass Avenue. Eventually it was bought by Wayne State University and turned into Mackenzie Hall, a dorm for students. It was not configured properly for a dormitory and it was demolished and a parking structure built in its place.
The event was held on April 12, 1942. This would be Dr. Bob’s, co-founder of AA, 2nd major talk in Detroit, his first was held in the basement of the Bensons with 25 people in attendance.
There were approximately 400 people in attendance for the dinner and talk. It was estimated at the time that there were 37000 members worldwide, 250 “solid” members in the Detroit area, with another 100 members on the “fence.”
Not only were there attendees from Detroit, but from outlying Michigan, Akron, Cleveland, but Windsor as well. This early event would show the unity and support we would give to each other.