It took him over 2 yrs at working hard at it in Chicago, before he got it started. So, about every two months, he would travel back to Akron for some Fellowship w/ Dr. Bob & the others to re-charge.
That's another reason that I don't buy the excuse "well, I stopped going to meetings and I drank."
ALL newcomers outside of Akron, Cleveland, NY "had no meetings to attend!" Because there was NO AA outside of those cities , no central offices, no hotlines, no Intergroups, no H&I, no District, no Sponsors!
They simply read something in a magazine or a newspaper -- (or someone read it for them), they wrote a letter to NY, sent them $3.50 to send them a book -- they read the book, tried to follow the instructions in the book, and then tried to find another alkie that wanted to get sober. Then, helped them, and AA would be started in another area.
This is probably why we have such a wide variety of how AA is practiced in different areas. The one's that just read the book had never had the Akron experience, or the Cleveland experience, or the NY experience. They were all trying to wing it the best that they could.
One of the main reasons that the BB was written was: so that there wouldn't be too much variation. And, it's why Bill took the 6 Steps and broken them down into 12 Steps, to explain it better to "those that would only have the book" -- "leaving them no wiggle room" and encouraging them to be thorough w/ the Steps.