Dick B. speaks on A.A. History Epochs--1935 to 1939

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This evening's talk is intended to be a small preview of some of the major content which we will call "the rest of the story" in our forthcoming video series titled "Bill W., Dr. Bob, and the Cure of Alcoholism: The Rest of the Story." Shortly, we will have completed six videos and an accompanying guidebook that will visually and audibly fill in important blank spots in the recording of A.A. history and the Christian Recovery Movement that has already been done. The gaps have occurred in books, articles, forums, tapes, movies, videos, YouTubes, and other media.

Perhaps the gap has occurred because A.A. itself has never claimed to be a research organization. And almost all of its historical literature derives from the writings of Bill Wilson who has been dead for more than 40 years and himself wrote many books and articles covering various ideas he deemed important.

This first preview will cover what we call "the rest of the story" as to how Bill Wilson attained sobriety and was able to build the structure of ending drinking by alcoholics, suggesting they rely on the Creator for help, and then arguing persuasively that those who got well immediately put a high priority on helping others get well by the same means.

In the ensuing years, A.A. has undergone a number of epochs which expanded or altered the recovery techniques originally used. And we will be handling what might be numbered as five by the time the first edition of A.A.'s Big Book was published in April 1939. The first technique was simply the action taken by the first three AAs at the time when they were relying for answers in the Bible, and had no 12 Steps, no 12 Traditions, no Big Books, no drunkalogs, or meetings (as we know them today).

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