This one is not really a speaker meeting, this is a recording from 1978 of Ruth Hock, AAs 1st secretary talking about Bill W and the early history of AA and the creation of the Big Book.
I highly recommend if you are a bit of an AA history geek, and even if you are not.
There is a Q and A at the end, you cant hear the questions but most are repeated back,fyi... this ends a little abruptly when the meeting leader is calling on her sponsor Cliff. Recorded in Glendale AZ 3-12-78.
Oldtimers Meeting at the 52nd. Florida State Conv. in Fort Lauderdale 2008. Multiple speakers all speaking on the topic of - how I stay sober today.
Bill W speaking in Atlanta July 1951, this is an hour and 20 min long and covers many topics, a great bit of AA history.
This is very listenable for a 1951 recording, I managed to get most of the hum out, youll notice a few artifacts and there are a couple of sections with a wierd buzz, but those only last a few seconds.
Bill W speaking on the history of the Big Book in 1953. This was a very poor recording to start with, it had a really nasty hum & I was able to get out most of the background noise. Bill's voice is much clearer (a bit sharp) however the filtering I had to do makes the laughter from the audience sound a bit strange but listenable.
Bill W speaking at the 34th. anniversary in NY. 1969, followed a very brief speak at the 5th. International in Miami FL. July 1970
I have aggressively modified the audio quality of this recording, it was very poor to start with. The audio quality from begining to end also varied wildly, the sound wave looked like 3 different recordings.
I removed a nasty hum and a good amount of background noise, adjusted the levels and on some of the applause sections decreased the punishingly harsh volume, same thing on a couple of sections of organ music (it was painful).
There are a few sections where it is difficult to hear what Bill is saying.
Dr. Bob's last major talk in Detroit, MI. Dec. 1948, this had a pretty nasty hum in the background, I managed to get most of that out. Considering the year it was recorded, once the hum was removed its a pretty good recording, it ends a little abruptly.
Tomorrow: Bill W
Frank S, one of the first 100 members of AA, 44 years sober at the time of this speak. No info about where or when this was recorded.
It is an older recording and I removed as much background noise as I could and ran this through a number of filters trying to improve the sound, it sounds a little fuzzy and has some popping but it is much improved.
Moses Y an Amish elder who got sober in 1947 telling his story in Lexington Ky in 1967
How to enjoy life without a bottle!
Ann C. got sober in 1948 and had 28 years sobriety at the time of this speak in 1976 where she is telling her story.
Evelyn T. speaking at the 50th Annual Buffalo Fall Convention Buffalo NY, 10/91. She is a very funny woman. I really enjoyed listening to her, she got sober in 1953 and was 71 at the time of this speak (38 years).
There is a bit of a pitched tone running through this audio I managed to dull it a bit, it is a little annoying but she was so impressive to listen to I thought I would put it up regardless.
It seems appropriate to put a couple of the earliest members of AA up as the speakers on Memorial Day weekend.
Charlie B the 6th member of AA speaking on his 92nd birthday in NY in 1982, he was sober 48 years at the time of the speak, he got sober in 1935. He also talks about yesterdays speaker Bill D.
Unfortunately this ends abruptly in the middle of a thought he is expressing.
It seems appropriate to put a couple of the earliest members of AA up as the speakers on Memorial Day weekend. (tomorrow AA #6)
Bill D the third member of AA speaking in Canton, OH in 1950. AKA: The man on the bed.
The quality of this audio is just ok, its about as good as I expect for 1950, I have cleaned it up as much as I could.
Marty M the first woman in AA sober since 1939 speaking in New York at the Greenfield Hill Group in 1980.
She was the author of the story - Women Suffer Too - in the 2nd edition of the big book.
I belonged there.
Ebby T - An early member of AA referred to as Bill W's sponsor, speaking in San Jose in 1962. Well worth a listen if you are interested in early AA.
Pretty good audio quality for the 60's
Chuck C. was born in 1902, and got sober in A.A. in January 1946.
In these 1975 original recordings of Chuck C. at the Pala Mesa Men's Retreat, Chuck shares his experience, strength and hope about recovering from alcoholism. He tells how he recovered from a "tongue-chewing, babbling idiot drunk".
The Pala Mesa Men's Retreat had 64 AA men attending, these recording were made by one of these men on a small tape recorder, and the recording quality isnt great but it is listenable.
This series of talks was eventually transcribed into the book "A New Pair Of Glasses".