Barry L sober in 1945, speaking about the origin of the 3rd tradition at the 50th World Conference in Montreal in July 1985. He was the first openly gay member of AA.
Tradition 3 - The only requirement for A.A. membership is a desire to stop drinking.
Barry passed away 3 weeks after this speak.
Barry is the author of the book Living Sober and was a great friend of Bill W and his wife Lois.
In 1978 Lois gave the original manuscript of the big book to Barry, and in 1979 Barry signed a notarized letter gifting the manuscript to A.A. World Services. In exchange, he asked only to be able to keep it in his possession until his death.
Somewhere between 1979 and Barry's death in 1985, everyone at A.A. World Services apparently forgot about this arrangement. The whereabouts of the manuscript remained unknown until it reappeared at an auction house in 2004, sold by a “Joseph B.” for $1.5 million. It was auctioned again in 2007 to Alabama resident Ken Roberts for $992,000. A few months later, according to court documents, A.A. World Services rediscovered Barry's notarized letter.
Last month (3/18) the manuscript was once again auctioned off, this time for $2.4 million.
12 Traditions workshop held at Central Orlando in the summer of 2012. This is a bit under 3 hours long and the last 20 min or so is a recording of Bill W talking about the traditions. I cleaned the audio as much as possible.
It features multiple people making presentations and some Q and A as well, a fairly informal format.
Barry L sober in 1952 (author of the book Living Sober) speaking in 1968 on the topic of the 12 traditions.
At about the 45 min mark the quality of the recording changes a, it is still very listenable but it almost sounds like the second half is a different recording there is a moment of repetition like it was a bad splice from tape... fyi
A very good workshop conducted by Norma A on the 12 Traditions. The history of, and a detailed explanation of each tradition. This workshop was given in 2014 so it also has mention of social media.
I am trying to find more workshops conducted by women in the program (I have many by men), if you happen to have any you can share please upload them at sobercast.com and please tell your friends about Sober Cast. This workshop is just over 4 hours and the file is 125 megs.