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
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
Some of This Cds Tracks Are BOOKMARKED ( Bookmarks are tracks set up so they begin at specific points in the audio program)
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.
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
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
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.
49 Tracks 55 Minutes
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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!