April 25th, 2013 15:38 EST
Judyth Piazza and Bill Borchert Discuss "When Two Loves Collide," Moonshine and its Effects on America
Judyth Piazza chats with Author, Screenwriter and Film Producer of Kansas City Bomber starring Raquel Welch, "Serpico" and "Dog Day Afternoon" starring Al Pacino about his new book When Two Loves Collide.
Author and screenwriter, William G. Borchert, was nominated for an Emmy for writing the highly acclaimed Warner Brothers/Hallmark Hall of Fame movie, My Name Is Bill W. " which stars James Garner, James Woods and JoBeth Williams. The film, which won three Emmy awards, was focused on the founding of the worldwide movement of Alcoholics Anonymous, and was written from historical information, personal interviews and in-depth research.
Bill began his career as a journalist in New York City working first as a reporter for one of the nation`s largest daily newspapers and also for a major media wire service. Later, as a By-line feature writer, he covered and wrote some of the nation`s most important news stories "from Governor George Wallace barring the doors of the University of Alabama against black students to the U.S.-Soviet Union space race to the last execution in Sing Sing Penitentiary`s electric chair.
After writing for national magazines and creating syndicated shows for radio, he became a partner at Artists Entertainment Complex, a new independent film production company that went on to produce a number of box office hits. These included "Kansas City Bomber" starring Raquel Welch, "Serpico," starring Al Pacino and " Dog Day Afternoon" also starring Al Pacino.
Bill has also written a number of books including The Skyline Is A Promise, " The Lois Wilson Story: "When Love Is Not Enough," "Sought Through Prayer And Meditation," "50
Quiet Miracles That Changed Lives," 1,000 Years of Sobriety, " and his newest book, When Two Loves Collide. " In addition to his other films, he also wrote the screenplay for the Entertainment One/Hallmark Hall of Fame movie, When Love Is Not Enough, " which was based on his book about Lois Wilson, the co-founder of the worldwide fellowship of Al-Anon. He had been a close personal friend of Lois Wilson`s for more than fifteen years before her passing. The movie stars Winona Ryder as Lois Wilson and Barry Pepper as Bill Wilson, the co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous.
In March of 2011, the well-known writer was asked to serve as a Trustee for The Willingway Foundation, the non-profit arm of Willingway Hospital in Statesboro, Georgia, one of the country`s most prestigious alcoholism and drug treatment centers. It is often called The Betty Ford Center of the South. " Bill serves as a spokesman and recovery advocate for the Foundation.
It was there at Willingway that Bill uncovered the dramatic and inspirational story of its founders, Dr. John Mooney and his wife, Dorothy Riggs Mooney, known as Dot " to all her friends and associates.
Dr. John, who hailed from the small southern town of Statesboro, Georgia, was a heroic and highly-decorated Army surgeon in World War II who came home from the battlefield like so many other brave soldiers "with a serious alcohol and drug problem.
When Two Loves Collide tells the story of this courageous doctor who married a charming and alluring country girl from Jimps, Georgia who also loved to drink and party. Their deep, passionate love for each other soon began colliding with their deep, passionate love for alcohol and drugs, creating sheer chaos in their lives and in their growing family. It made shambles of his successful medical and surgical practice, created serious financial problems with banks and the IRS and disgraced them among their family and friends.
It all came to a shameful and painful climax when the physician was arrested, convicted, and sent to prison for writing himself illegal prescriptions for narcotics while his wife got hooked on electric shock therapy because she loved the Sodium Pentathol they gave her before each treatment. There appeared no way out.
It was the inspiring miracle Dr. John Mooney experienced in prison that attracted author Bill Borchert to write the story of these once lost souls who finally found redemption and a new way of life. They went on to dedicate themselves to saving thousands of others suffering from the same terrible addictions that almost proved fatal.
With almost 200 million people in America impacted in some way by the diseases of alcoholism and drug addiction, Bill has written a book that almost every family should read as well as all those in the medical and health professions. For it is a story that offers an important answer to the nation`s growing crisis of addiction.
Bill Borchert is also member of the Writers Guild of America and a director of The Stepping Stones Foundation which was the home of Lois and Bill Wilson in Bedford Hills, New York. While formerly a New Yorker himself, he now resides in Little River, SC with his wife, Bernadette, where they are frequently visited by their nine children and twenty three grandchildren.
For more information: http://www.williamborchert.com
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