Alcoholics Anonymous History
Dick B.'s Audio Talks
A.A. History: Online
Audio Talks by Dick B.
© 2012 by Anonymous. All rights
[A.A.’s leading “unofficial” historian
tells the A.A. History Details Online]
The Main Purpose of
These A.A. History Talk Segments
The main purpose of
these Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) history presentations is to
provide free online A.A. and alcoholism recovery facts for AAs, Al-Anons,
other 12-Step people and 12 Step programs, and other alcoholics,
addicts, substance abusers, and recovery people. The content is
free. You are welcome to download and reproduce these materials
freely and without charge, as long as: (1) you do not alter the
content; and (2) you attribute that unaltered content to “Dick B.”
This A.A. history
presentation is focused on “old school” A.A.—the original Alcoholics
Anonymous program that was founded in Akron, Ohio, on or about June
10, 1935, by Bill Wilson and Dr. Robert Smith at the Smith Home at
855 Ardmore Avenue in Akron. Among the large variety of talks about
A.A. history and the original pioneer A.A. Christian Fellowship, you
will learn some of the key points about Alcoholics Anonymous
sources, roots, beginnings, and formative ideas. Particular
attention is paid to Robert H. Smith, M.D., known in A.A. as “Dr.
Bob,” the cofounder of Alcoholics Anonymous. Called by his cofounder
A.A. partner Bill Wilson, “the Prince of All Twelfth Steppers,” Dr.
Bob is rightly understood as the cofounder who brought to the table
most of the elements of the simple recovery program that achieved
such astonishing success.
In 1938, John D.
Rockefeller, Jr., dispatched A.A. trustee-to-be Frank Amos to Akron
to investigate the pioneer Alcoholics Anonymous program, its
elements, and its successes. Amos summarized for Rockefeller the
original (old school A.A.) program and reported the five required
Alcoholics Anonymous elements of spiritual recovery as: (1)
Abstinence. (2) Reliance on the Creator. (3) Obeying God’s will. (4)
Growing in fellowship with their Heavenly Father through Bible
study, prayer, seeking His guidance, and studying religious
literature. (5) Helping other alcoholics to get straightened out.
Two other recommended, but not required, elements were: (a)
fellowship with like-minded believers, and (b) attending a church of
one’s own choice.
We believe a knowledge
of these root sources, facts, principles, and practices is much
needed and definitely usable today. It will serve the primary
purpose of the Alcoholics Anonymous members, groups, and
fellowships. That purpose is to carry a message of experience,
strength, and hope to those still suffering from alcoholism and
other life-controlling problems. It is a message about love and
service. And it will underline the critical role of the Creator in
healing and recovery.
There are three groups
of talks. The first deals primarily with Dr. Bob of Alcoholics
Anonymous, who was born in St. Johnsbury, Vermont, on August 8,
1879. The second deals primarily with Bill Wilson of Alcoholics
Anonymous, who was born in East Dorset, Vermont, on November 26,
1895. The third consists of miscellaneous talks by Dick B. on the
history of Alcoholics Anonymous.
This is a listing of a
truly remarkable series of recorded talks by Dick B. on the many
subjects of his twenty years of research, 40 published titles, and
almost 500 articles on the history of Alcoholics Anonymous and on
the role played in the Christian Recovery Movement, including A.A.,
by God, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Bible; and the role that they
can play today.
All these talks can be
heard by clicking in to the Dick B. audio talk listing on the
navigation bar of Dick's main website
This is a synopsis of
the huge and varied number of talks on A.A. and its Christian
origins that you can now hear from the voice of the recovered AA who
researched and published on each of the following topics:
Dick B.'s Audio Talks Series 1 - 9
Dick B.'s Audio Talks Groups 1 - 6
Dick B.'s Audio Talks Groups 7 - 10
Want to Know How to Share about Jesus and the
Bible in an A.A. Meeting?
Check out these audio talks by Russell S.,
an International Christian Recovery Coalition "Participant"
from Miami, Florida