Tonight's radio show brings us to the brink of filming of the introductory video in our forthcoming "Bill W., Dr. Bob, and the Cure of Alcoholism: The Rest of the Story" class. In the three shows, we gave you a preview of those parts of the class that show how much is missing from the details about how the first three AAs got sober, the simplicity of their actions, and the astonishing success of their efforts. This was just to give you a taste of one of the many parts of our history that are really beyond the knowledge or experience of the newcomer who still suffers. And the main purpose of the class is not to write just another "total history" of A.A. or a series of minor snippets of history that leave out some vital helps for the newcomer.
Tonight's show looks into why our new historical account of "the rest of the story" is so important at this stage of A.A. history. It will also show you that a ship without a full complement of equipment is like a ship without a rudder engaged in a meandering voyage. It will give you a taste of a great many important historical helps that have been ignored, omitted, or forgotten up to this point. And it will provide you with some of "the rest of the story" which is really the portion most needed by books, articles, conferences, speakers, sponsors, and the still-suffering newcomer.
We note that today's A.A. has at least five different types of programs, because few recognize either that fact or the difference in approach. Because few try to utilize and harmonize the effective parts that are virtually unknown. And because we believe from the thousands of phone calls, emails, and conversations we have had over the past 24 years of researching A.A.'s history that the cause of helping to cure the still-suffering newcomer is best be served when the full complement of historical truths and approaches is restored to view.