Stepping Stones Foundation

Bill Wilson as a Boy

Following the divorce of his parents, Bill and his sister, Dorothy, were raised by their maternal grandparents, Fayette and Ella Griffith. Fayette  was especially concerned with Bill whom he realized needed intellectual stimulation and challenges, which he encouraged. These ranged from reading literature and teaching himself to play the violin, to making a boomerang after Grandfather Griffith told him that no one but native Australians could make and throw one. After a six-month effort, Bill proudly demonstrated to Fayette a bona fide working boomerang.