Joshua H. - Telling his story about being young in AA at a ICYPAA conference, I really liked what he has to say about the willingness to change.

"Are you trying to tell me your name is dick head?"


Chris S & Peter M, each giving a pretty good talk about sponsorship in AA, each of them does about 30 min.

"Outline the program of action"


Solis R. telling his story at the Living Sober Roundup, he is a very funny guy and even provided a powerpoint!

"Wanting and willingness are not the same thing."


Her dream as a child was to be a bitter drunk - her dream came true!

Impending doom is not womans intuition and not everyone hates her afterall.


Panel meeting about Controversial Issues in AA.

1st: Dating in early sobriety.

2nd: Mental health & medication in sobriety.

3rd: Talking about drugs in meetings.

Q&A for the last few min (there are a number of inaudable questions and answers, we have removed 4-5 min. of silence and left in the parts that you can hear), this also ends fairly abruptly.


Great talk on the inventory process around Fear and Sex.


I first heard Robyn at the Living Sober Western Round Up, his story was one that has always stuck with me.

I really wanted to include him in this podcast & spent a few hours looking through the archives at the Living Sober website trying to find the year he spoke in the old programs.

I could not remember his last initial or where he was from, but I did remember his first name, eventually I found it in the archives and was able to find this speak from 2000 in Houston.

Im listing the audio quality as a 3, it's a 4-5 in the first 2/3's of the recording but the last third has background noise, I have cleaned it up as best I can, and overall it is a 3.


Joe McQ and Charlie P met in 1973, they instantly discovered their mutual fascinations with AA's basic textbook, Alcoholics Anonymous commonly called "The Big Book". They would frequently meet to discuss The Big Book, often driving 225 miles to meet in each other's homes.  

In 1977, some AA members met in a Tulsa, Oklahoma hotel room for a discussion on The Big Book. One member asked Joe and Charlie to come to his home group to present a program on The Big Book. A taping of that presentation was made and called "The Big Book Study". Through the circulation of these audio tapes throughout the Fellowship, Joe and Charlie received invitations to present the Study at AA conventions, roundups and special events.  

At the AA International Convention in New Orleans in 1980, Wesley P, organized a lunch for 1,500 AA members from all over the world and gave away 100 Joe & Charlie tape sets as door prizes. Invitations exploded, and within a couple of years Joe & Charlie were presenting about 36 seminars a year worldwide. These seminars struck a deep chord within the AA members. This is a later recording from around 1999 and the audio quality is quite good.











Chuck C. was born in 1902, and got sober in A.A. in January 1946.

In these 1975 original recordings of Chuck C. at the Pala Mesa Men's Retreat, Chuck shares his experience, strength and hope about recovering from alcoholism. He tells how he recovered from a "tongue-chewing, babbling idiot drunk".

The Pala Mesa Men's Retreat had 64 AA men attending, these recording were made by one of these men on a small tape recorder, and the recording quality isnt great but it is listenable.

This series of talks was eventually transcribed into the book "A New Pair Of Glasses".


The Study Edition of The Big Book

studyeditionI have one of these and it is one of my favorite items, a really excellent and useful for book study meetings or as a gift to a newcomer who is going to be heading to one.

The First 164 pages of The Big Book with lined blank pages opposite each page of text for note taking.

  • Includes the original Foreword
  • The Doctor's Opinion
  • Dr. Bob's Story.
  • Bound in black bonded leather. 

Paragraph numbers along side the text for easy reference.  Entire Original Manuscript (about) including the stories. Easy to read retyped version. Includes paragraph numbers corresponding to the modern text for easy comparison.  

Footnotes explaining historical and obscure references in the text.  

Footnotes documenting all 79 differences between the modern text and the original 1st printing text of the 1st 164 pages (about). Yes, believe it or not, the basic text has been changed 79 times since it was first published.

Two place keeping ribbons.  Special "lay flat" binding.



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