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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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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August 22, 2021

ESH: Harriet R

Harriet R from Miami Florida speaking at the 2nd Annual Grapevine Roundup held in Miami in 1993. Harriet has quite a story and lived an amazing life, if you want to know more about that just Click Here

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Cora Louise B from Leland MS was sober for 42 years at the time she gave this speak at The Sunlight of The Spirit Conference in York PA in 1999. Cora got sober in 1957 and has a really gentle spirit about her (my impression).

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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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John V (sober in 1957) aka Indian John is from from Berlin Mass, he is telling his story at the Sandhills Conference held in North Carolina at an unknown time. He was a bit of a circuit speaker back in the 70s thru the 80s. 

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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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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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April 4, 2021

ESH: H T Sober in 1948

H T from Dallas Texas got sober in March of 1948 he is telling his story at an unknown event and it sounds like he is being introduced by Bill W.

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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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Chuck C from Laguna Beach California speaking at Recovery Atlanta in December of 1980. Chuck was sober 35 years at the time of this speak and he was one of the more popular speakers around back then. This is a very good quality recording for as old as it is.

He became sober in 1946 and by the time he passed away in 1984 at 39 years sober he had given hundreds of speaks all around the world. The book - A new Pair Of Glasses - was a transcript of his speak at a mens retreat.

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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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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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