February 8, 2021

Topic: The Traditions

Frankie L from Baltimore Maryland was sober 32 years at the time he gave this speak on The Traditions. I have no information about where or when this was recorded but he does mention attending meetings with Bill W, so that gives a little context for the time he became sober. Hes also a pretty intense guy, but maybe passionate is a better descriptor?

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Ester E started AA in Texas in 1943, her story was in the 2nd edition of the Big Book titled Flower of the South. She got sober in 1941 and passed away in 1960. This is a collection of four different speaks by Ester, the first is about 30 min long and the next three are about 5-10 min, I have no idea where or when they were recorded. 

They are in various states of listen ability the first being the best, and I moved the worst one to the last position. I was able to clean up the overall recording quality pretty well on all but the last one it had a very bad hum and removing it left the last recording sounding a bit harsh and hollow.

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This one is not an AA meeting, so if you need one please choose something else from our list.

This is a play about the creation of the Big Book written by Homer D and performed on Unity Day in San Jose California in December of 1981 by an unknown group. Please keep in mind this is a dramatization about the creation of the Book and should be taken as such, its historical accuracy should not be taken as absolute fact. I particularly enjoyed the arguments about the wording of the steps presented in the second half.

The audio quality of this is okay if a bit trying at times, it had a very nasty buzz that I was able to remove however it does occasionally sound a bit fuzzy or slightly hollow, the sound quality improves as it progresses.

For those of you that might want to learn more about AA history I suggest a visit to the leading international webgroup for the study of Alcoholics Anonymous history and archives.
AA History Lovers: https://groups.io/g/AAHistoryLovers

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Chris S leads this workshop on the History of the Big Book from a fifteen week Big Book Workshop held in Montclair NJ in 2009.

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This is Dr Bob the co-founder of AA telling the story about his first 14 years in AA. It was really interesting listening to him talk about that "notorious trip to Atlantic City" and the importance of service. This was recorded in 1949, the end if this speak (about the last 6 min) is a bit of Dr Bobs last talk in 1950.  Repost from 2018.

There are no where near as many recordings of Dr Bob as there are of Bill W and the ones that are around are generally fairly bad, this one had a nasty hum, but it cleaned up really well and is one of the best I have heard of Dr Bob.

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December 25, 2020

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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Sackvilel M from Dublin Ireland got sober in 1947 and passed away 1979. He was the author of the story in the big book called "The Career Officer". At the time of this speak held in Huston Texas at an unknown time he was sober just over 9 years. He tells his own story and the story of how AA started in Ireland, he was its 6th member. Good quality for an early recording.

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Jack B. (sober in 1947) from Shennarock NY speaking in Toronto Ontario Canada on April 1st 1973.  One of his past jobs was as a wheel-man for the mob, hes got quite a story and he tells it in a way that might make you laugh a bit. This ends abruptly as he is thanking the audience. 

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Marty M from NYC was the first woman in AA, her story is printed in the (2nd Ed.) Big Book under the title of, Women Suffer Too. Marty was speaking at the 16th Southeast Conference held in Louisville Ky in 1966 (great quality recording).

Marty got sober in March of 1939 and passed away in July of 1980, if you would like to learn a bit more about her - Wikipedia

She also wrote a number of books about alcoholism, most are out of print but some used copies are available (I really like her descriptive titles).

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Bill G author of the Big Book Story - There’s Nothing The Matter With Me! tells his story at the 3rd Annual Tampa Bay Roundup in September of 1989.

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Ebby T is the man Bill W referred to as his sponsor, he is also the man that introduced Bill to the Oxford group, eventually leading to the formation of AA. Ebby had a tumultuous path in sobriety, regardless he remained a lifelong friend of Bill W. He tells some of the story about the formation of AA.

If you have any interest there is a pretty good book about him: "Ebby: The Man Who Sponsored Bill W." It is available HERE

He is followed by Icky S another early member of AA. This was recorded in Kansas City in 1960 and for an old recording its very good. I did make a couple of small edits, I pulled the volume way down on the applause because it was painfully harsh and cut the length of some it as well.

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On July 1st AA celebrated its 25th Anniversary with an International convention in Long Beach California. Introductions to the event by (in order of speaking) AA founder Bill Wilson, Lois Wilson, Ebby T, and Sister Ignatia. (Great audio quality)

After introductions Bill Wilson tells his story (as told in the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous) with new insights, speaks on meeting AA Cofounder Dr. Bob S.(The Dr’s Nightmare), Dr. William Silkworth (The Dr.’s Opinion), the founding of AA in Akron OH, The writing of the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, and a Humorous recounting of the Rockefeller’s Foundation Dinner that brought AA into the public eye, launching AA’s Growth.

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Marty M author of the chapter - Women Suffer Too, sober in 1940, she is one of the first female members of AA and was the first lesbian member of AA. This is her last talk given in 1960, she passed away in 1980.

I had to do much processing to this audio file to remove heavy background noise, as a result the voice is much cleaner, however that type of processing makes the applause sound like a jet flying overhead, there were a couple of places the applause was sustained, I shortened those applause sections. (Repost) LGBTQ

Wikipedia page about Marty M: https://goo.gl/6j6NX4

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This is the second part of a two part workshop on Emotional Sobriety was led by Joe & Charlie (yes that Joe and Charlie) along with John W, it was held at the Wilson House in 1990. This part touches on the emotional sobriety of the group and AA as a whole. Part 2 of 2.

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Dick P from Cleveland OH and sober in 1940 is the speaker at this meeting held in Akron Ohio on the anniversary of an unknown meeting and time. The information I could find on him was sparse but I have the impression he was one of the folks involved in the first translation of the Big book into the Spanish language. (Please let me know if I have that wrong)

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