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<![CDATA[Bill Wilson and Early AA Members]]> Fri, 30 Sep 2016 04:15:10 -0400 <![CDATA[Bill Wison Two Talks at 1965 Founders Day -- $4.99]]> Bill Wison Two Talks at 1965 Founders Day  Two Talks by Bill W at 1965 Founders Day Celebration Akron, Ohio July 1965.
Two Talks by Bill W at 1965 Founders Day Celebration Akron, Ohio July 1965.
Talk One Bill W tells how AA Began. The Very early history of Alcoholics Anonymous. How Bill met a newly sober Ebby and developed a desire to stay sober. His early sobriety with Ebby in the Oxford Group. The New York city Oxford Group of the time was lead by Rev Sam Shoemaker.
  How he traveled to Akron Ohio and met Dr Bob. How they then worked with AA Number Three Bill Dotson.
This Cd has excellent sound quality and is probably the best recording of Bill W available so far as sound quality is concerned.
Talk Two Bill W tells How the Big Book Alcoholics Anonymous was written and published. The very interesting story of how the Big Book came to be.
   This Cd also includes a talk by John Parr of Kent, Ohio at a 1976 Graveside Service in Memory of Dr Bob. This talk is also of excellent quality.
This Cd has excellent sound quality and is probably the best recording of Bill W available so far as sound quality is concerned.
   This Cd also includes a talk by John Parr of Kent, Ohio at a 1976 Graveside Service in Memory of Dr Bob. This talk is also of excellent quality. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Lois Wilson Her Story 1982 Great Talk -- $4.99]]> Lois Wilson Her Story 1982 Great Talk LOIS WILSON of Bedford Hills, NY
HER STORY ~ 1982
Very Clear ~ Excellent Sound Quality
This is a fantastic talk and a great opportunity to hear the wife of AAs Co-founder.
Lois tells her story. She talks about her parents. Living in Brooklyn Heights, NY and summering in Manchester,VT. Her early life with Bill, and his first episode with drinking in New Bedford,MA. Her life with Bill after his return from World War 1. She talks about Bills Alcoholism and their trips to the country on weekends to keep Bill from drinking. Life with Bill after he stopped drinking. She talks quite a bit about how alanon started. Things they learned from the early days of AA, and the help they received from AA (AA collected addresses of wives of AA members who had already formed local "wives groups). This is a fantastic talk and a great opportunity to hear the wife of AAs Co-founder.
27 Tracks 55 Minutes Alcoholics Anonymous, Alanon, AA, AFG, Alcoholism, ]]>
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<![CDATA[Dr Bob Collected Talks 4 Historic Recordings -- $4.99]]> Dr Bob Collected Talks 4 Historic Recordings

 Dr Bob Collected Talks ~ Four Recordings on a single CD 

1.Dr Bob at Detroit 1948
2.Dr Bob at Cleveland Convention 1950 "Love and Service"
3.Bill Wilson 1947 A TALK ON ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS
4.Smith Family 1947-Dr Bob and Anne Smith, Smitty jr and wife Betty-Recorded message to be delivered to Bill by George H who recorded it.
17 Tracks ~ 71 Minutes CD Audio Format

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<![CDATA[Sister Ignatia 1960 AA Convention also Colonel Townes -- $4.99]]> Sister Ignatia 1960 AA Convention also Colonel Townes

 COLONEL TOWNES And SISTER IGNATIA Speaking at Medical Meeting
of THIRD AA INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION
JULY 1960 Long Beach, CA

Colonel Townes is the son of Charlie Townes who founded Townes Hospital and who was a friend of and helped Bill W. He Talks about Dr Silkworth and Bill Wilson. He also recounts some of the history of Townes Hospital and it's treatment of Alcoholics and Drug Addicts. He tells some rather funny stories about some of the strange things that happened. Sister Ignatia gives her talk about how she began working with drunks along with Dr Bob. Without trying some of the things she says are also hilariously funny.
15 Tracks ~ 66 Minutes
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<![CDATA[Clarence Snyder 1982 Wilson Social Club -- $4.99]]> Clarence Snyder 1982 Wilson Social Club

 CLARENCE SNYDER Very Early AA Member ~ Pioneer of AA in Cleveland, OH Sponsee of Dr Bob ~ Spread Early AA to Cleveland At Wilson Social Club, Alexandria, Virginia ~ June 20,1982
14 Tracks 71 Minutes

 Clarence's Sobriety Date is February 11,1938 Opens with congratulations for starting new club. Jokes about AA unity; how "riots" spread AA by starting new groups. Talks about his age compared to other early AAs. He got sober at 35 years of age. All the others were 45 plus. He tells his age as 79 at that time which would make the others pretty old.
A very spirited and fast moving talk he tells his own story, talks about all twelve of the steps and how he shares them with others, and tells a good bit of the history of AA. Over an hour long but very interesting. Holds the listeners attention easily. Talks about the Oxford group, and how the break from them was precipitated in response to newly sober Catholics from Cleveland whom he was working with being forbidden from attending a protestant religious meeting. How he caused an uproar by declaring in an Oxford group meeting that the alcoholic contingent would no longer be coming to Akron, and that they would be meeting as Alcoholics Anonymous at a home in Cleveland. Tells "RUMMY STORIES FROM THE BIBLE". Noah definitely was an alcoholic. He talks about his methods of helping people often telling how Dr.Bob (his Sponsor) worked with him. He talks about his experiences in the hospital under Dr. Bobs care. How the 14 Alcoholics who came before him visited him. How he took step three with Dr. Bob. He goes through each of the steps sharing experiences, dispelling errors, and talking about how the steps are properly taken. He talks about "Alcoholics area breed of cats apart from all others". The characteristics of alcoholics and the special abilities of alcoholics. Ends the talk by telling the audience to enjoy life as he does. Very upbeat and spirited even his criticisms are enjoyable.

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<![CDATA[Jim Burwell at 1952 Top O Texas -- $4.99]]> Jim Burwell at 1952 Top O Texas

 Tells His Recovery Story and Talks About the Writing and Publishing of the Big Book
JIM BURWELL ~ Early NY AA
Jim was the agnostic who insisted that as we understood him be included following the word God in the steps.
He is also the person we shall call Ed in the 12 and 12s section on the Third Tradition(p.143-145 Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions).
Jim was present at the Rockefeller Dinner and many other events in the earliest history of AA.His sobriety date is June 15,1938.
Jim talks about the earliest days of A A, the writing of the Big Book the Gabriel Heater radio broadcast and the Rockefeller dinner.

This Cd is a Great Value and a Fantastic Source of Information on the History and Working of the Alcoholics Anonymous Program. Big Book Story Authors, Big Book, Alcoholics Anonymous, Alanon, AA, AFG, Alcoholism, Drug Addiction, Recovery from Alcoholism, 12 Steps of AA, 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous

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<![CDATA[Lois Wilson 12 Traditions of Alanon -- $4.99]]> Lois Wilson 12 Traditions of Alanon

 LOIS WILSON of Bedford Hills, NY
Wife of Alcoholics Anonymous Co-Founder
A TALK ABOUT THE 12 TRADITIONS
at Long Beach, CA ~ August 13, 1955
Very Good Talk on the Twelve Traditions by Lois. She goes through all of them in order talking about each one; why it is important and relating some stories about situations involving that Tradition.

A Really Good Speaker CD ~ Very Historic

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<![CDATA[Lois Wilson and Two Alanon Pioneers Talk about Alanon -- $4.99]]> Lois Wilson and Two Alanon Pioneers Talk about Alanon

 Lois Wilson ~ Henrietta F. ~ Margaret D.
TALK ABOUT THE EARLIEST DAYS OF ALANON
Very Clear ~ Excellent Sound Quality
This is a fantastic talk and a great opportunity to hear the Founder
of ALANON FAMILY GROUPS and Two of her early associates talk about
the Beginings and early days of the Alanon Fellowship
Lois and two very early Alanon Family Groups workers talk about the earliest days of Alanon. The office and many happenings at the 24th street AA Clubhouse, their work with groups and individual Alanons, the growth of Alanon, and the publication of literature including THE FORUM are discussed. They also talk about how Alateen was started, and the work of volunteers and staffers not present. The must have met outdoors (most likely at Stepping Stones) because you hear birds singing and the occasional mosquito being swatted. A beautiful recording of the Co-Founder of Alcoholics Anonymous wife and her close associates talk about the early days of Alanon Family Groups. This CD is specially formatted with "bookmarked tracks". The tracks all begin immediately before an new speaker or topic.
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<![CDATA[Searcy Willis Texas Oldtimer Extended Aftercare Breakfast -- $4.99]]> Searcy Willis Texas Oldtimer Extended Aftercare Breakfast

 SEARCY WILLIS ~ TEXAS OLDTIMER ~ Now Desceased
at EXTENDED AFTERCARE BREAKFAST
August 12, 2000
at Houston, TX
Searcy W. was an old-timer with over 54 years of sobriety at the time this talk was recorded. He tells his story and talks about alcoholism and sobriety. About the most enjoyable AA recording I've ever heard. Very well told drunkalogue. Some very insightful wisdoms from his decades of experience, and some really funny rule 62 stuff. (54 Years in AA "Extended Aftercare".)Fantastic AA Talk by Old-timer Who Enjoyed Sobriety Searcy W Early Texas AA Alcoholics Recovery Story

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<![CDATA[Bill Wilson Milestones in Alcoholics Anonymous History -- $4.99]]> Bill Wilson Milestones in Alcoholics Anonymous History  This recording of Bills Talk at the 3rd General service Conference was made into a 78rpm LP record. This is a copy of that version of the recording. In this talk Bill W recounts the progress of AA by discussing various important events as milestones in the development of AA up to that time.
A Short History of Alcoholics Anonymous a program of recovery from Alcoholism ]]>
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<![CDATA[Bill W and Ebby Speaking at Bills 23rd Sobriety Anniversary -- $4.99]]> Bill W and Ebby Speaking at Bills 23rd Sobriety Anniversary  Bill Wilson 23rd Anniversary
 Bill tells his story from the last couple of years of drinking to when a sober Ebby introduces him to the Oxford Group program. He then calls Ebby to the microphone to talk about the fatefull day he visited Bill to share the sobriety he had found. After talking for a few minutes about that part of Bills story Ebby gives the mic back to Bill for the rest. This is a really good Bill W Cd. Sound Quality is quite good; Message superb. First Person account of The History of Alcoholics Anonymous ]]>
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<![CDATA[Clarence Snyder Describes Akron Oxford Group Meetings -- $4.99]]> Clarence Snyder Describes Akron Oxford Group Meetings  Clarence Snyder ~ ~ at Seminar Group August 28, 1958 15 Tracks ~ 73 Minutes ~ Clarence Tells His Story and Vividly Describes the Oxford Group Meetings at T. Henry Williams Home ~ In this recording Clarence explains how the early Oxford Group meetings in Akron were conducted. He talks about his first impression of Dr Bobs Wife Anne and Henrietta Siberling. (He didn't initially know Anne was Dr Bobs wife. "She was a chain smoker with a huge black hat. I thought she was a madam and that Henrietta was one of her girls".) Clarence talks about the Oxford Group program esspecially the aspect of surrender. As the talk progresses he talks about the AA Program as it was practiced in the late 1930s and early 1940s ]]> Fri, 30 Sep 2016 04:15:10 -0400 <![CDATA[Bill W Ebby Sister I and Lois at 1960 AA Convention -- $4.99]]> Bill W Ebby Sister I and Lois at 1960 AA Convention  Bill and Lois Wilson, Ebby And Sister Ignatia
Speaking at 1960 AA International Convention 1 Cd
 
The Tracks of this CD act as Bookmarks. Tracks begin where new speakers and important changes in topic occur. At 79 Minutes the recording fills the entire CD.22 Tracks ~ 79 Minutes CD Audio Format ]]>
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<![CDATA[Bill Wilson The Three Legacies of AA -- $4.99]]> Bill Wilson The Three Legacies of AA

 Bill Wilson ~ THE THREE LEGACIES OF ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS
A Talk by Bill W on Cd

 12 Tracks  60 Minutes


The Three Legacies are RECOVERY UNITY and SERVICE

Bill W Talks for about one Hour

A Very Historically Significant AA Recording

Alcoholics Anonymous, Alanon, AA, AFG, Alcoholism, Drug Addiction, Recovery from Alcoholism, 12 Steps of AA, 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, Overcoming Alcoholism and Drug Addiction

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<![CDATA[Bill Wilson Two Special Recordings -- $4.99]]> Bill Wilson Two Special Recordings

 Bill Wilson ~ TWO SPECIAL RECORDINGS ON 1 CD
1- 1956 NBC Weekday Radio Interview with Bill Wilson
2- The Harry Green Phone Call
Cd Tracks Are Bookmarked to start at significant subject matter and at the begining of audience questions
Recording One:
    1956 NBC Weekday Radio Interview with Bill Wilson. Really good stuff. two Non-Alcoholic interviewers ask Bill "Who is an Alcoholic?" and "What makes one Alcoholic?" Bill's answers are very good, straightforward, and practical. Very down to earth simple explanations. There is also some genre value - The old radio show is a thing of the past so the vintage is very interesting.
Recording Two:
    The Harry Green Phone Call. The Early Texas AAs had some tough questions about AA Traditions. They wanted to do something and there were some objections and questions of "12 Tradition Ethics". They called Bill and recorded the conversation(with his approval). ~Bills answers to their questions are very enlightening and give one a snapshot of how their author meant for the 12 traditions to be applied. Buy the recording to hear his advice.

A Very Historically Significant AA Recordings

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<![CDATA[Rev Sam Shoemaker, Father Ed Dowling, and Bill W -- $4.99]]> Rev Sam Shoemaker, Father Ed Dowling, and Bill W

 Bill Wilson ~ Father Ed Dowling ~ Rev Sam Shoemaker
THE SPIRITUAL MEETING AT 1955 St Louis Convention
 19 Tracks 69 Minutes 

A Good Recording of the Spiritual Meeting. This Cd is set up so that each section can be navigated to easily.

Cd Tracks Are Bookmarked So Each section of the Cd can be Navigated to using Foward and Next Buttons
Father Ed Dowlings talk begins on track 2 and Rev Sam Shoemaker talk begins on track 11 

A Very Historically Significant AA Recording

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<![CDATA[Bill and Lois Wilson at 1965 Toronto AA Convention -- $4.99]]> Bill and Lois Wilson at 1965 Toronto AA Convention

 Bill and Lois Wilson ~ 1 CD
at Toronto Canada 1965 International Convention
14 Tracks ~ 53 Minutes
Lois is introduced first and talks about the wives role in early AA and it's meetings.
How Alanon came about following the time when the alcoholics began having meetings for alcoholics only.
How the loved ones of AA often found the AAs recovering while they stayed sick because they too had to practice the 12 Steps and work with others in their own way also.
Bill tells his and AAs story in general terms.
A very good talk by Bill.
Inspirational and in places humorous a very good example of Bill Wilson one of the founders of AA telling his and AAs story.
A Very Historically Significant AA Recording

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<![CDATA[Rev Sam Shoemaker 1962 Early History of AA -- $4.99]]> Rev Sam Shoemaker 1962 Early History of AA

 Sam Shoemaker THE HISTORY OF EARLY ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS
at Charlotte, NC June 17, 1962
This talk by Sam Shoemaker begins with a brief history of AA told by Sam. It contains some things which only Rev. Sam Shoemaker could tell correctly. Sam was the preeminent Oxford Group leader in the US at the time Bill Wilson and Ebby T. were affiliated with it. The mission that Ebby was livening and working at during his pivotal meetings with Bill around the time Bill sobered for life was a branch of Sams church. Roland Hazard who had helped Ebby in the Oxford Group principles was a Vestryman at Sams church for a considerable period of time. Sam was very well acquainted with Roland Hazard. Sam was a close personal friend of Bill Wilson. He also was acquainted with the book Varieties of Religious Experience by William James. In this talk he tells what it was about that book which was very relevant to Bill and influential in his getting sober. He talks about Dr. Carl Jung, Roland Hazard, Ebby, the Oxford Group, Bill Wilson and AA from his own perspective. His account is very valuable because he knew these people (except Dr. Jung) and was actively involved in their lives around the periods he refers to. He was an eyewitness to much of AAs earliest history. The rest of the talk is Sams Christian Gospel and Anti Communist message. This was originally recorded in 1962 and Sam was an outspoken foe of communism. This part of the talk does give a sense of the times and an insight into just how challenging a figure Sam was. He obviously got behind things and pushed hard. It's easy to see how he challenged Bill to do all the things spiritually necessary in early recovery. Bill is quoted in his biography PASS IT ON as saying that he owed the Oxford Group a great debt of gratitude" They saved my life." Sam was Bills Oxford Group mentor.

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<![CDATA[Rev Sam Shoemaker Four Sermons -- $4.99]]> Rev Sam Shoemaker Four Sermons  Sam Shoemaker ~ His Four Best Sermons
1. What shall we do with trouble?
2. What will I do with my Life?
3. Charismatic People
4. Suppose HE did come back?
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<![CDATA[Bill Wilson How the Big Book was Written -- $4.99]]> Bill Wilson How the Big Book was Written  Bill recounts the story of early AA and how the Big Book was written and published. Bill Wilson ~ The History of the Big Book
A very good talk by Bill.
Over an hour long Bill tells the whole story of how the Big Book was written and published.
He tells many stories about situations that were disappointing and disasterous which in retrospect are very funny.
Rule 62 at it's best.
Talks about the Rockefeller dinner; the mailing to doctors across the country, and the Gabrial Heater radio broadcast.
Alot of straight from the horses mouth history for just a few bucks.
An excellent talk. Very spirited and informative. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Paul Kiebler The Four Absolutes Oxford Groups Plan for Living -- $4.99]]> Paul Kiebler The Four Absolutes Oxford Groups Plan for Living  Paul Kiebler two self recorded talks about the Four Absolutes and the AA/Oxford Group Plan for Daily Living. 2 Talks on 1 Cd ]]> Fri, 30 Sep 2016 04:15:10 -0400 <![CDATA[Bill Wilson Evolution of AA Service Structures -- $4.99]]> Bill Wilson Evolution of AA Service Structures  A Talk given before a gathering of people involved or interested in organized AA Service. ~ Probably a New York City Intergroup Meeting ~ Unknown Date ~ Talk is followed by a lively Question and Answer Session in Which Bill Wilson answers a variety of questions about AA Service and Alcoholics Anonymous in general. ~ There was no date on tape source tape but Bill W says "Those of you familiar with AA COMES OF AGE..." which was first published in 1957. ~ Bill starts the talk by explaining how AA generally takes "The Middle Course" in most matters. ~ He illustrates his point by explaining the divisions of opinion of the writing of the Big Book back in 1937. There were radical publicists who wanted everything possible and lots of it. Opposing them on the other end of the spectrum were the people who didn't want the Book or anything else. The majority wanted something without the excesses of either extreme. The Middle Course. ~ He describes the evolution of a single groups service structure from self made founders to group representatives chosen by the group. ~ He uses a sketches of pyramids to illustrate his talk. How Intergroup and General Service similarly evolved. The Evolution of World Services, Works Publishing, Grapevine etc. Intergroup and the role of Clubs ~ This talk really displays the genius of Bill Wilson's thinking. Simple without oversimplification. ~ Questions and Answers ~ Clubs, the relationship of Intergroup to General Service, Problems other than Alcoholism, and relationships to other 12 step organizations among other subjects. ~ A Very Historically Significant AA Talk ]]> Fri, 30 Sep 2016 04:15:10 -0400 <![CDATA[Bill W Begining and Growth of AA -- $4.99]]> Bill W Begining and Growth of AA  Bill Wilson ~ June 1954 ~ 19th Founders Day ~ Akron, Ohio ~ Bill Wilson describes the Beginning and Growth of Alcoholics Anonymous at Founders Day Celebration. ~ Good Talk By Bill W outlining the birth and early history of AA ~ Good Sound Quality
History of Alcoholics Anonymous, Oxford Group, Clarence Snyder, Bill W, Dr Bob, Bill Dotson, Marty Mann, Jim Burwell, Sister Ignatia, dr Harry Tiebout, Henry Parkhurst, Rosary Hall, Dr Silkworth, ]]>
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<![CDATA[Tom Powers of Hankins NY East Ridge at Cleveland, Ohio -- $4.99]]> Tom Powers of Hankins NY East Ridge at Cleveland, Ohio  Tom P is a very early AA Member who knew Bill Wilson very well. He is mentioned occasionally in biographies of Bill Wilson He helped Bill W edit THE TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS He tells his story very well. How his overall disposition prior to drinking made him a natural for alcoholism. His drinking and the progression of his Alcoholism. His first trip to the Nut House. "Hit Bottom" but didn't receive help. The importance of the special knowledge possessed by AA to "Hitting Bottom" leading to recovery. The insanity of his drinking after his first hospitalization. His second hospitalization, involvement is Alcoholics Anonymous, and recovery. His relapse, how (why) it happened; the difficulty of recovering again. Finally able to recover again he feels himself to be truly part of AA. Though his contributions to AA are substantial and his friendship with Bill W was very close Tom P doesn't mention them. He tells what AA has done for him, not what he has done for AA. Initially I had no idea the speaker in this talk was historically significant. ]]> Fri, 30 Sep 2016 04:15:10 -0400 <![CDATA[Ray Harrison Organized First AA Group in Iowa -- $4.99]]> Ray Harrison Organized First AA Group in Iowa  RAY HARRISON of Des Moines, Iowa FORMED FIRST AA GROUP IN THE STATE OF IOWA Tells how AA began in IOWA at Emporia Kansas ~ April 10,1959 26 Tracks(Bookmarked) ~ 63 Minutes Very Complete Version of Ray Harrison's Typical AA Talk. This talk is the best of four recordings that I have. The Tracks on this CD act as Bookmarks. The Tracks start at the beginning of each new story, topic or section of the talk. When first released over a year ago several Iowa AAs were very happy with my extra effort and care. He tells his story; How drinking ruined his life as a successful attorney. How he came into contact with an AA passing through Iowa and got sober. The first meeting of the first group in the history of Iowa AA. About his wife and how alcoholism affects the wives of alcoholics. The first slip, and it's aftermath in the budding group. How the wives helped the men get over the tragedy of the first slip. His work with alcoholics in his "Court Class". Ray Harrison became a judge and probated alcoholic offenders into a program for Alcoholics who didn't or wouldn't fit in with the AA of the time. Many enjoyed great success and he presents this rather humorously. He had their permission to show their mug shot and then a picture taken voluntarily months of sobriety later. An extraordinary man with a fantastic and enjoyable message. Wrote highly collectable AA book CLANCY GOT SOBER Ray was a personal friend of Bill Wilson. Bill even traveled to Iowa to attend the anniversary celebration for Ray in 1948. A very upbeat message delivered to an enthusiastic crowd of AAs. Very Enjoyable Recording ~ Very Good AA History CD ]]> Fri, 30 Sep 2016 04:15:10 -0400 <![CDATA[Bill Wilson Speaking 1948 Iowa State AA Convention -- $4.99]]> Bill Wilson Speaking 1948 Iowa State AA Convention  BILL WILSON Cd
Gratitude, Loved Ones, Iowa AA, Alcoholics Personalities, Childish Sensitive Grandiose, Bills Childhood, First Depression, World War 1, Bill+Lois Early Life in NY, Drinking Problems Begin, Search For Solutions, Sober Ebby Calls, Bills Reaction to Message, Decides to try Ebbys Solution, Bills "Hot Flash", Dr Silkworths Reassurance, Carry the Message Idea, Henrietta Sieberling, Bill Meets Dr Bob, DrBob Suggests they Work With Others, Bill D AA Number 3, First AA Group, Growth of AA, AA Traditions ]]>
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<![CDATA[Wino Joe Alcoholics Anonymous Humourist 1982 -- $4.99]]> Wino Joe Alcoholics Anonymous Humourist 1982

 AA HUMOURIST WINO JOE LEATH of Tyler, TX
at Kentucky State Convention
February 8, 1982
11 Tracks ~ 60 Minutes
WINO JOE Tells His Story in His Own Humorous Manner Popular and often quoted Wino Joe is a very humorous and fun to listen to speaker. A great tape to listen to on the way to an AA meeting or commitment. Not a clown; sort of an AA Will Rodgers. A humorist. Not silly or vulgar. He tells his story and it isn't boring. He has a gift for highlighting humorous aspects of his story especially his alcoholic personality. A very good example of his talks about his alcoholism and recovery from it.

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<![CDATA[Anne Craw Knew Dr Bob before and after he got sober -- $4.99]]> Anne Craw Knew Dr Bob before and after he got sober  Anne Craw of Niles, Ohio January 31,1972 Sober Since 4-1-1948 Anne knew Dr Bob both Drunk and Sober. She talks about it in this recording. She worked in a building in which Dr Bob had his office, and she was an eyewitness to the suffering his alcoholism caused him. She was also helped by him in her early sobriety and recalls his steadfastness and dedication to AA in the final years of his life. She tells her recovery story. How she began drinking, how it progressed, and the bottom she reached. She also talks about living sober, learning to get rid of resentments and how she lived the AA way of life. This is a very well told AA recovery story. Anne C. is quoted in DR BOB AND THE GOOD OLDTIMERS 3 times(one is on page 33). A Very Good Talk by someone who knew Sister Ignatia, Bill Dotson, Bill Wilson and Ethel Macy. This CD was made from a 1970s Era Reel to Reel tape which was probably made by the person who taped the event. The sound quality is very good. The CD is set up so the tracks begin at key points in the talk so important sections can be navigated to with ease ]]> Fri, 30 Sep 2016 04:15:10 -0400 <![CDATA[Marty Mann Her Story The First Woman AA -- $4.99]]> Marty Mann Her Story The First Woman AA  Marty Mann The first woman to get sober in Alcoholics Anonymous tells her story in a 1968 talk at San Francisco, CA. This is the best example of Martys recovery story I have heard. The Sound Quality is very good which is unusual for a 1968 Aa recording. Great recovery CD Historic and Enjoyable. First Woman to Achieve Lasting Sobriety in AA
Founder of National Council on Alcoholism
Author of at least two books on Alcoholism
Author of the Big Book Story WOMEN SUFFER TOO
Co-Founder of The AA GRAPEVINE
Many other accomplishments including over 41 years of sobriety before passing from this life sober in the early 1980s.
This recording is nearly 80 minutes long. In it she tells her story in considerable detail and talks about living life as a sober alcoholic. Her story is inspiring and her sharing is very informative. She is a recognized expert on alcoholism but she knew allot about sobriety also. During the last part of this recording she talks about sobriety. Her own and that of the countless other alcoholics her fruitful life was intertwined with. She knew Bill and Lois Wilson well and is universally considered an AA pioneer.
One of her best talks this CD is an excellent opportunity to learn more about Alcoholism, sobriety, AA history, and this remarkable woman. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Ruth Hock Typed AA Big Books Original Manuscripts -- $4.99]]> Ruth Hock Typed AA Big Books Original Manuscripts  RUTH HOCK ~ AAs FIRST SECRETARYTHE PERSON WHO TYPED THE TEXT OF THE FIRSTBIG BOOK OF ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS at GLENDALE CA ~ MARCH 12, 1978 SPEAKS ABOUT THE EARLY A A HISTORY AND THEN ANSWERS QUESTIONS FROM THE AUDIENCE. At Glendale California March 12,1978. The questions asked are very good, and Ruth's spontaneous answers are very informative and enjoyable. The spontaneous nature of the answering of candid questions about a very wide range of things means that she talks a little about allot of things. Some of it is biographical, some of it historical, and some of it personal. She tells things about the early A As. For example she is asked about Hank Parkhurst, and she tells what she knew about him after he resumed drinking. Some of it historical. For example she talks about the old Vesey street clubhouse, and many of the happening around the writing of the Big Book. Some of it personal. Many have read that she often worked without pay. She was supported in this by her father(A quiet fan of Bill and Hanks work with Alcoholics). She begins the talk by discussing the original wording of the twelve steps which had been read several minutes before. How it had no "WE" and plenty of "MUSTS". How no one really likes being told what to do. Realizing this it was changed. Talks about HONOUR DEALERS and the early office in NEWARK,NJ. Her first experience with Bill and Hanks work with alcoholics. How she became enamored with it, and couldn't be paid to leave it. The book really got started because there were so many questions Talks about early growth of A A She then begins fielding questions from the audience for well over half an hour. SOME OF THE QUESTIONS; How did you meet Bill? How was the book written? What was the origin of A As use of the serenity prayer? She talks a great deal about Bill and his personality. A very interesting and enjoyable tape of a truly great person in A A history. A VERY GOOD ORIGINAL SCOURCE FOR HISTORY OF THE BIG BOOK. A truly great CD for one interested in AAs early history.
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<![CDATA[Rollie Hemsley One of First 100 AA Members -- $4.99]]> Rollie Hemsley One of First 100 AA Members

NUMBER 77 ON ANNE SMITHs LIST OF THE FIRST 100 AA Members
ROLLIE HEMSLEY of Fredrick, MD
SOBRIETY DATE April 16, 1939
Played For Cleveland Indians during 1930s
at 23rd Anniversary of Cosmopolitan Group
Washington, DC ~ April 26, 1968
9 Tracks 45 Minutes

AA number 77 on Ann Smiths list of Ohio AA members.
Baseball Player famous for his 1940 newspaper admission of being sober due to Alcoholics Anonymous 29 YEARS SOBER AT TIME OF TALK
Rollie tells his story of drunken episodes and disgusted team managers. Getting fined suspended etc. Talks about trying a cure for his Alcoholism about a year before being introduced to AA.
How at the beginning of the season yet another drunken episode got him sent back to the team headquarters in Cleveland. A very lonely train ride.
The circumstances by which he was introduced to AA.
Hospitalized under Dr Bobs care and visited by the other early AA members.
His early sobriety
Recounts in detail how after a year of sobriety he finally told the inquisitive newspaper men that he was a sober member of Alcoholics Anonymous
Talks about helping others and his life in sobriety.
Very plainspoken without a hint of grandiosity. A very matter of fact description of several events and practices that ore now many years later very historically significant.
I had heard about him in my reading of AA history what this recording taught me was that he achieved over 29 years of quality sobriety by being just another AA member.

At the beginning of this recording someone reads a brief history of the Cosmopolitan Group. It was begun by Dr James Shays author of Big Book Story Jim's STORY p. 483 3rd edition

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<![CDATA[Eddie ZOOT SUIT Cochran AA Humourist -- $4.99]]> Eddie ZOOT SUIT Cochran AA Humourist

 Eddie "ZOOT SUIT" Cochran
at Hot Springs, Arkansas ~ August 1, 1977

 Eddie has a real funny drunkalogue and was a very popular speaker in ealy west coast AA.
Classic AA Humourist

A Very Very Good AA Talk
Friend and Contemporary associate of Chuck Chamberlain

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<![CDATA[Tom G Winnipeg Canada AA Oldtimer -- $4.99]]> Tom G Winnipeg Canada AA Oldtimer  at Tennessee State Convention 4-2-80 Tom was very active in AA Service having been active in many General service Conferences. A very Good AA Talk. ]]> Fri, 30 Sep 2016 04:15:10 -0400 <![CDATA[Clarence Snyder 1963 at Blackstone Retreat -- $4.99]]> Clarence Snyder 1963 at Blackstone Retreat

 CLARENCE SNYDER Very Early AA Member

1963 BLACKSTONE RETREAT TALK
Sponsee of Dr Bob ~ Spread Early AA to Cleveland
April 1963 at Blackstone Virginia
19 Tracks 77 Minutes

CLARENCE SNYDER formed first AA group in Cleveland, OHIO 1939.
He was sponsored by Dr. Bob, and he tells how Dr. Bob Twelfth stepped him in Akron city Hospital.
This is a very early (1/1/1963) example of a CLARANCE SNYDER talk.
He tells his story and then talks about the steps.
He opens with a very funny drunk joke that I was surprised that I hadn't heard.
Clarence tells his own story. His drinking and how he came in contact with his sponsor Dr. Bob.
He talks about his early sobriety some of which qualifies as AA history. How the Cleveland contingent of the Akron OXFORD GROUP broke away because of it's many Catholic members and the need for a group made up solely of Alcoholics and their families.
He talks about the steps expounding his straightforward and practical approach. This is purely inference but this can be supposed to be the interpretation Dr. Bob shared with him.
Clarence has a confident sureness and direct approach to things. DO IT AND MOVE ON TO THE NEXT THING. DON"T EVADE THE HEART OF THE MATTER. THERE ARE THINGS BEST NOT WATERED DOWN. these are not quotes but they summarize what I gather from Clearances direct approach and unflinching style. I like his style.
Informative, enjoyable and capable of holding a listeners keen interest.
He has an honest and straightforward way of clearing up and expressing his opinion of misconceptions that have crept into the fellowship. ~ A GREAT TALK BY CLARENCE VERY HISTORICALLY SIGNIFICANT

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<![CDATA[Jack Brennan at Sydney Australia 12 Steps of AA -- $4.99]]> Jack Brennan at Sydney Australia 12 Steps of AA  Jack Brennan former New York Gangster.
Popular Alcoholics Anonymous Conference Speaker.
A Talk on the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous by Jack Brennan at Sydney Australia ]]>
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<![CDATA[John THE INDIAN Vicari AA Humourist -- $4.99]]> John THE INDIAN Vicari AA Humourist

 John "THE INDIAN"of South Berlin, MA
Source Tape Had No Details of Place or Date
A Very Good Example of Johns Message Best I've Heard

This is a really great AA Talk John tells his story of alcoholism and recovery. ~ Some the things he says are hilariously funny apparently without his trying to be ~ His experiences as a Native American growing up on the reservation. ~ The oldest child many of his siblings perished from tuberculosis; His experiences with the indifference of the authorities of the time. ~ Talks about his drinking and appearing before Judge Dorsey ~ How he got sober and started in recovery Some experiences in recovery and how he stays sober ~A simple uneducated man who prior to getting sober couldn't read and never had a drivers license. He talks with a simple wisdom that is lighthearted, but very helpful. ~

A great CD to have around if you can't get to a meeting but need one. A good mood lifter on a grey day.

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<![CDATA[Tom Powers sr 1961 Blackstone retreat -- $4.99]]> Tom Powers sr 1961 Blackstone retreat  Tom Powers of Hankins, NY (Desceased)
at Blackstone 1961
Blackstone, VA Retreat Center
13 Tracks ~ 54 Minutes
Tom was closely associated with Bill Wilson He helped Bill Edit the TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS He is mentioned extensively in Francis Hartigans Biography of Bill In this recording he tells his story and talks about maintaining sobriety Tom originally came into AA in the early 1940s He had a resumed drinking after a period of sobriety and had a very difficult time getting back. He finally got sober in 1946 and remained sober for decades. He talks about the type of person he was before he started drinking. How this made him a natural for Alcoholism His progression into Alcoholism and Insanity Hospitalizations, Shock Treatment, and hitting bottom. Very good explanation of what hitting bottom is. He has a style that really gets to the heart of the matter and he explains complex and often misunderstood things like "hitting Bottom" very well. Overcoming Alcoholism and Drug Addiction ]]>
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<![CDATA[Betty Smith Wife of Dr Bobs Son Smitty -- $4.99]]> Betty Smith Wife of Dr Bobs Son Smitty

 BETTY SMITH OF NOCONA, TEXAS
Wife of Dr Bobs Son "Smitty"
at AIM FOR AIMES ROUNDUP
Aimes, Iowa ~ March 25, 1995
11 Tracks 42 Minutes
A very good CD.
The wife of Dr Bobs son tells her story.
She talks about meeting Robert Smith jr and meeting his parents.
Her love and admiration for both Dr Bob and his wife Anne.
She tells how after attending a meeting at Kings School she congratulated Dr Bob on what a fine thing he had helped found.
How Dr Bob immediately told her that he was mealy an instrument and that God was AAs real founder.
Besides her connection with the Smiths she is also the daughter of the man who pioneered AA in New Mexico.
She briefly tells how her Dad got sober.
Then she begins talking about her own drinking; skid row on the living room sofa.
Her husbands denial and her hiding and sneaking drinks.
How she finally bottomed out and joined AA.
She talks about the people who helped her.
She talk about recovery.
The need for constant spiritual growth by keeping it fresh, and other things about the AA way of life.
Some really good history stuff and a great AA message.

A really great CD ~ Very Enjoyable.

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<![CDATA[Dewey Spies One of the First 100 AA Members 1959 -- $4.99]]> Dewey Spies One of the First 100 AA Members 1959

 ONE OF THE FIRST 100 AA Members
DEWEY SPIES of Cleveland, Ohio (Moved to California in retirement)
at Cleveland, Ohio ~ October, 29, 1959
12 Tracks 60 Minutes
Though not a talk specifically about AA history Dr Bob and Bill Wilson play a role in his story. He talks about the early members, meetings and pivotal events like Saturday Evening Post article. How AA helped him find the living God which was not the God he was brought up with. He ends his talk with a word about the 12 Traditions and the Bright Future of AA. He was there right after AA started, stayed sober and active in working the program with others, but his message is timeless. It doesn't really seem like he gave this talk over 40 years ago because the AA message of hope is fresh and vibrant.
His last name is not pronouned as it looks; rather it is said SPEES A VERY HISTORICALLY SIGNIFICANT RECORDING
History of Alcoholics Anonymous, Oxford Group, Clarence Snyder, Bill W, Dr Bob, Bill Dotson

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<![CDATA[Dr David Aronofsky 1998 Talk at Ogden Utah -- $4.99]]> Dr David Aronofsky 1998 Talk at Ogden Utah

 Dr David Aronofsky  of Dallas, TX
at Florida State Convention
at Ogden, Utah ~ June 15, 1991
10 Tracks ~ 52 Minutes

Dr David Aronofsky A Dentist from Dallas Texas was very active in Texas AA during the pioneering era when many of the groups that have now been around for many decades were first formed
Great Talk by this ever popular AA oldtimer
Look in Cd Sets for his talks on the 12 Traditionsof AA
I Really Liked This Cd and Highly Recomend It!

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<![CDATA[Grayce Aronofsky 2001 Alanon Talk at Hilton Head SC -- $4.99]]> Grayce Aronofsky 2001 Alanon Talk at Hilton Head SC  Grayce A of Dallas, TX
at Mid-Winter Conference
Hilton Head, SC ~ January 19, 2001
9 Tracks ~ 45 Minutes
Grayce lived for many years after her husband Dr David Aronofsky Dallas, TX Dentist who was around as AA spread throughout the huge state of Texas. Grayce was very active in the Alanon Program and attended many AA and Alanon Conferences and Conventions with her husband
Really Good Alanon talk. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Jeff V of Jamestown ND 2009 Spring Thaw -- $4.99]]> Jeff V of Jamestown ND 2009 Spring Thaw Jeff V of Jamestown, North Dakota at Spring Thaw Rapid City SD April 26, 2009.
talks about Recovery from Alcoholism in Alcoholics Anonymous; Sobriety ]]>
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<![CDATA[Harold G of Baltimore MD 58th Greeley Stampede 2009 -- $4.99]]> Harold G of Baltimore MD 58th Greeley Stampede 2009 Harold G of Baltimore Maryland at 58th Greeley Stampede February 8, 2009 Greeley Colorado
AA Archives Commitee member besides his AA talk he talks a bit about the History of Alcoholics Anonymous.
The Oxford Group, Dr Carl Jung, Roland Hazard, Dr Silkworth. ]]>
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