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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Marty M is known as the first woman in AA, she was from New York NY and is speaking at the Southern Conference in 1968. She got sober in 1939 and was was 29 years sober at the time of this speak, she died in 1980.

I had to do a lot of processing on this one, I added a 2 second click track in the center where the tape must of been changed, but considering this was recorded in 1968 it is a remarkably good recording.

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Chris S sharing on the topic of AA History and Our Responsibility at an unknown event in June of 2011.

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Barry L who was sober 35 years at the time of this speak, entered AA when it was 10 years old in January of 1945. He was speaking at the Big Apple Roundup in 1980 and gives a great speak with a ton of AA history, but its not history he heard, its history he participated in. 

Barry went on the write the book Living Sober and was a great friend of 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.  On 3/18 the manuscript was once again auctioned off, this time for $2.4 million.

We have a great speak from Barry on the origin of the 3rd Tradition from May 26 2018 Click Here

Next up we have Lisa J speaking at the same Roundup however her speak is from the 1997 event, she was only sober 18 months at the time of this speak.

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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. Repost from 2017

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California Rob conducted this workshop titled - The History and Beginnings of AA as part of a 10 week Big Book study held in Orlando Florida in 2008 by an unknown group.

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Joe Mc Q from Little Rock AR and Charlie P from Maysville AR conduct a workshop on the 3rd & 4th Step. This is Joe and Charlie from the very well known big book workshops, I dont know if this was set up as a specific workshop on steps 3 and 4 or a part of one of those book workshops, regardless, they did these many many times over the years and this is from 1994. The audio quality on these workshops vary this one is very good, it does end a little abruptly.

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This one is not an AA meeting, so if you need one pick a different episode. This is an interview conducted by an unknown AA member with James H a member of the Oxford Group (and AA) at the time Bill W was also a member. He was 90 years old at the time of the interview and is described as the last surviving member that worked with Bill W within the Oxford Group in the 1930s.

This was a phone interview recorded in Feb of 1996 and it had one of the nastiest hums I have yet had to deal with in a recording, I was able to remove it and clean it up but the recording does sound slightly hollow and as a result and you may need to adjust the volume a bit as it progresses.

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This is credited as Bill W's First Recorded AA Talk in Little Rock Arkansas in 1947, the quality of the recording is pretty remarkable. I have no idea the location or event but from its tone it does not sound like an AA meeting, but Bill speaking about AA at a gathering.

Lois W is next speaking at an Atlanta Roundup Al-Anon Luncheon held in July of 1982. Lois was  91 years old at the time of this speak, she died in 1988 at 97 years old. Lois talks about Bills drinking, his inability to get sober and her hope he would. It is also great quality recording, there is a bit of pomp at the beginning and end.

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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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