Sybil C had been sober for 39 years at the time of this speak, she is from of Los Angeles and is speaking on the subject of How the Traditions Were Born, a topic she lived while working in the AA office in New York at the time of their creation.

Sybil got sober in 1941 after trying for 17 years, at her first meeting she was asked to wait out in the hall because it was a closed meeting and they thought she was one of the wives, not one of the drunks, she was also the first woman AA member on the East coast. I was a bit shocked at how well this cleaned up considering how it sounded on my first listen.

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Franklin W got sober in October of 1956 he is from Olive Branch Mississippi, (his nickname is the pope of AA) is speaking on the 47th Founders Day in Akron Ohio in 1982. The brief opening remarks are by Lois W, Dr Bobs wife Annie was also at the event but does not speak. Really great quality recording for 1982.

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This is AA founder Bill W speaking on each of the 12 traditions one at a time. I had posted a version of this in 2019, and recently came across this recording of the same speak with much better audio quality. That being said it took quite a while to get it cleaned up and it was missing the last 4 min. so I added the missing part from another copy . The quality is excellent except for the very end, this audio is from a film that was intended to be shown in AA meetings. I dont know exactly when it was made but it was after Dr Bob's death.

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Learn more about the 12 traditions from the AA pamphlet: A.A. Tradition How It Developed by Bill W.

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Geraldine D from Blairstown New Jersey was in Towns hospital seven times, Bill W was her friend and helped her get sober in 1947, she is telling her story at the 52nd Founders celebration . She is one of my favorite old time speakers and was 87 at the time of this speak.

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December 25, 2021

How it works: Read by Bill W

How it works read by Bill W has been our xmas episode for the last few years and here it is once again, I hope you have a very nice holiday.

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Joe McQ sober in 1962 is from Little Rock Arkansas and is the Joe half of all those Joe and Charlie Big Book workshops that have been massively popular (and still are) over the years. This time instead of leading a workshop he is telling his personal story of coming into AA, this was recorded in 1986 at an unknown event.

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Dr Harry Tiebout speaking on the danger of ego among other topics is the bulk of this recording. He is followed by  comments from Bill W, they were speaking in Long Beach California in July of 1960.

Dr Tiebout served on the Board of Trustees of Alcoholics Anonymous from 1957 to 1966 and was president of the National Council on Alcoholism from 1951 to 1953. He was a crucial part of the birth of AA.  

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Excellent quality recording for 61 years old, you might want to tweak the bass a bit.

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Jeff W. from Los Angeles CA was one of the original 100 AA members, he is speaking in Sacramento CA sometime in 1965 at an unknown event. This is an excellent quality recording for 56 years ago.

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Dr. Paul O got sober in July of 1967 he authored the big book story - Dr Alcoholic Addict (re-titled Acceptance Was the Answer in the 4th edition). Dr Paul is telling his story at the Monterey Bay Roundup held in Monterey California in 1997. Dr Paul was a very popular circuit speaker from the 70s through the late 90s he passed away in May of 2000 at 83.

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Bill W one of the co-founders of AA speaks about the Big Books history and creation. This consists of two seperate speaks, the first is at the 30th anniversary founders day in Akron. 

The second speak may be from the same event but there is no way to know, the introduction of Bill the 2nd time does mention the 30th anniversary.

Repost from Oct of 2018, most of the recordings of Bill W are pretty bad quality and these 2 speaks are some of the clearest around.

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Norman Y from Ashland Ohio was sober 26 years at the time of this speak, he got sober in 1939, he is speaking at an unknown meeting held in 1965. Great quality sound for that long ago (wish they were all this good).

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Steve V an AA member, tells his story for the first part of this meeting, he is followed by Donna C from Portland Oregon an Al-anon member telling a bit of her story for the remainder of the time. This meeting was held in 1983 at an unknown event.

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This is the full opening ceremony and meeting of the 60th International AA conference held in San Diego in 1995. There was a lot of pomp and circumstance at the beginning of this recording (about 40 min worth). I think Im correct that the vast majority of you wont be interested in that. So I took the first 40 min of the event and moved it to the end of the recording so you go right into the speakers.

For those of you interested in hearing the sobriety countdown the procession and entrance of all the countries in attendance keep listening after the closing prayer, its all there. There were also a number of silent moments and I removed a good amount of that as well. The full attendance of the conference was 56,000.

A little footnote: I am being a little self indulgent with this one since I was at this meeting and it was truly remarkable sitting in the baseball stadium with 47,972 other AA members.

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September 26, 2021

Al-Anon: Lois W. (Founder)

Lois W the founder of Al-Anon is speaking at an unknown event and at an unknown time. She tells a bit of Bills story and speaks of the founding of Al-Anon and of AA. This is a really good quality recording made as best I can narrow down sometime around 1982.

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You AA history buffs will like this one, it is Dr Bob S one of the founders of AA speaking in 1949, he was 14 years sober at the time of this speak that took place somewhere in Ohio at an unknown event. He is telling the story of what happened in the early days of AA's formation. 

This recording was awful but cleaned up remarkably well, keep in mind however, it was recorded 72 years ago. This ends a bit abruptly.

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