Sunday, September 23, 2012
Very probably, the two most compelling and useful statements ever made by A.A. Cofounders Bill W. and Dr. Bob are these:
1. On Page 181 of the 4th edition of Alcoholics Anonymous, A.A. cofounder Dr. Bob Smith wrote:
"Your Heavenly Father will never let you down!" www.dickb.com/drbobofaa.shtml
2. On page 191 of the 4th edition of Alcoholics Anonymous, A.A. cofounder Bill W. is quoted:
"Henrietta, the Lord has been so wonderful curing me of this terrible disease that I just want to keep talking about it and telling people." www.dickb.com/conversion.shtml.
Christian Recovery Radio Interview of Jim H. of Auburn Washington by Dick B. on Jim’s More than 800 Slide-Show Photographs of the Entire Vermont A.A. History Research and Discoveries
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Though yet to be organized, labeled, and indexed, the Jim H. Vermont A.A. History Slide-Show Photographs are available for view on the web right now. See the links below and enjoy them as a preview of what’s to come soon
The Second Interview of Archivist Jim H. on September 24, 2012
Our guest will be Jim H. of Auburn, Washington. He participated in and photographed every phase of the International Christian Recovery Coalition’s Alcoholics Anonymous History and Christian Recovery Movement workshops and studies of the beginnings in the State of Vermont. His interview covers his recollections, photography work, slide-show photographs, and comments on the workshops. The subjects are listed below. The links to the slide-show photographs are set forth below. And these are the topics that are the subject of Jim’s interview:
A.A.’s Treasure House of Christian Beginnings
A Project of International Christian Recovery Coalition
By Dick B.
© 2012 Anonymous. All rights reserved
In Appreciation and in Summary
We all deeply appreciate the effort and devotion of A.A. Archivist Jim H. of Auburn, Washington. Jim traveled and researched with us, and drove us around Vermont to St. Johnsbury, Northfield, Manchester, East Dorset, Rutland, East Dorset, Emerald Lake, and Burlington. He also drove us to Gill, Massachusetts, where the Moody Mount Hermon School. Jim took pictures and even some video throughout our trip, and has now posted on the Web hundreds of pictures of cities, towns, schools, churches, academies, libraries, books, articles, pamphlets, wall plaques, photos, histories, manuscripts, newspapers, participants, hotels, motels, restaurants, and inns in every place our cadre of recovery leaders and workers held workshops. There are still more photos to be gathered from participants. There is still processing in progress and work to be done on labels. But Jim’s efforts constitute the greatest single assemblage of visual history of the role God, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Bible played in the origins, history, founding, original program, and astonishing successes in Alcoholics Anonymous history and the Christian Recovery Movement in New England. Those photographed items show the stage set for the Christian upbringing of A.A. cofounders as well as the “Christian fellowship” they founded in Akron, Ohio, in June, 1935.
Preliminary Presentation of Vermont Historical Slide Show Photographs
Among the Historical Slide-Show Pictures Included:
As indicated, there is lots of work still to be done in labeling, describing, identifying, etc. And there are many more photos to be added from the work of other Workshop participants.
The following subjects and others are or will be included:
Burlington, Vermont: our arrival and kickoff of the workshops on Sept. 2.
St. Johnsbury, Vermont: center of Dr. Bob’s boyhood Christian upbringing, Sept. 3-5
Fairbanks Inn--many historical photos
Fairbanks Scales Plant--many photos and paintings
Fairbanks family members, homes, patents, and gifts
Dr. Bob’s boyhood home at 20 Summer Street (now 297 Summer Street)
Summer Street School--where Dr. Bob attended
North Congregational Church--where the Smith family attended
Pictures of participants with Pastor Jay Sprout
Pictures of the Dr. Bob Core Library and the resource binder subjects
Pictures at dedication of the library by Pastor Sprout
Pictures of the sanctuary, baptismal font, pews, organ, pulpit, and windows
Pictures of the church itself--located on Main Street
Fairbanks Museum--location of thousands of historical records, papers, and manuscripts
Young Men’s Christian Association building and activities (building destroyed by later
Courthouse where Bob’s father, Judge Walter P. Smith, was Probate Judge
Firehouse and public offices across the street--where we obtained Bob’s birth certificate
Athenaeum--beautiful library containing newspapers on microfilm and many items
St. Johnsbury Academy and Grace Orcutt Library
Photos of workshop participants and the restaurant where they dined together.
Village Welcome Center and new location of Town Offices
Panoramic views of village, signs, and well-known historical locations including banks, hotels, and railroad
The importance, significance, influence, and activities involving the “Great Awakening” of 1875 in St. Johnsbury, Evangelists, the YMCA, the Salvation Army, Congregationalism, churches, and the United Society of Christian Endeavor are thoroughly covered and documented in Dick B. and Ken B., Dr. Bob of Alcoholics Anonymous: His Excellent Training in the Good Book as a Youngster in Vermont; and their new book, Bill W. and Dr. Bob, The Green Mountain Boys of Vermont: The Roots of Early A.A.’s Original Program
Northfield, Vermont--location of Norwich Military Academy attended by Bill W. and Ebby Thacher--September 6
Kreitzberg Library--filled with pictures, plaques pamphlets, records, books, histories,
curricula, religious emphasis, chapel data, and more.
More data pertaining to Bill W. still to arrive.
Gill, Massachusetts--location of Dwight L. Moody schools and Mount Hermon home—Sept. 6
Schauffler Library--filled with archives and books about the schools, the teachers, Vermont people and evangelists and students who attended, visited, taught, or spoke. YMCA activities; Christian Endeavor; school news; and Moody speeches and events
Place where Dr. Bob’s foster sister, Amanda Carolyn Northrop, taught,
Place where Professor Henry Drummond taught and delivered his famous talk on
1 Corinthians 13. Extensive material by him.
Place where Colonel Franklin Fairbanks of St. Johnsbury, Vermont frequently visited, held meetings, and became a trustee of the school where F. B. Meyer, the evangelist and Christian Endeavor-YMCA leader spoke.
Place where Dr. Robert E. Speer, author of The Principles of Jesus (origin of A.A.’s Four
Absolutes), taught and later became Vice President.
“Launching pad” from which Dwight L. Moody and his partner Ira Sankey visited and
held revivals and meetings in Burlington, St. Johnsbury, and other Vermont locations.
Manchester, Vermont--Sept 7-8
Location of Burr and Burton Seminary, attended by Bill Wilson, Ebby Thacher, Bill’s
girl-friend Bertha Bamford, and Reverend Perkins’s son Roger.
Location of the home of Rev. Sidney K. Perkins, pastor of the First Congregational
Church where Ebby boarded with Rev. Perkins and got to know his son Roger quite well.
Location of First Congregational Church of Manchester, where Burr and Burton “scholars” (i.e., students) attended each Sunday and for special events; and whose members actually help found the East Dorset Congregational Church where Bill Wilson and his family attended.
Location of the huge Burnham “summer home,” where Lois Burnham, her brother
Rogers, her father Dr. Clark Burnham, and other family members lived half of
the year as “summer people” and then went on to spend much time at their bungalows at Emerald Lake, Vermont (quite near East Dorset) where Bill met Lois and became engaged to her, and where the Thacher family became good friends.
Location of the adjacent, large, George Thacher “summer home,” where the Thacher
family (including Ebby Thacher) lived half of the year; where Ebby got to know his Oxford Group mentors Rowland Hazard, Shep Cornell, and Cebra Graves; and where the Thachers also summered at Emerald Lake near the Burnham bungalows.
The Manchester Journal newspaper contains many articles about these personalities
The Mark Skinner Library is where our workshop people did a good deal of research on
Manchester, Burr and Burton, the Congregational Church, Bill Wilson, Rev. Perkins, and the Burnhams, Thachers, and Bamfords.
Zion Episcopal Church, where Bertha Bamford’s father was rector; where there is a
memorial plaque about Bertha and her death; and where Bill Wilson and Roger Perkins were pall bearers at Bertha Bamford’s funeral.
The Manchester period, people, and events are well covered in the Dick B. and Ken B. Book, Bill W. and Dr. Bob, the Green Mountain Boys of Vermont; Dick B., The Conversion of Bill W.: More on the Creator’s Role in Early A.A.; and some excellent histories of Burr and Burton, First Congregational Church, and Vermont people.
East Dorset and Emerald Lake, Vermont—Sept. 7 and 8
The East Dorset Congregational Church, the Wilson House, the Griffith House and Library, and nearby Mount Aeolus all played important roles in the Christian upbringing of Bill Wilson, the church and Bill’s parents, the church and Bill’s grandparents, and the Sunday school itself, as well as Bill’s Bible studies with his maternal grandfather (Gardner Fayette Griffith) and his friend Mark Whalon.
The events are well covered in Dick B., The Conversion of Bill W.; and Dick B. and Ken B., Bill W. and Dr. Bob, the Green Mountain Boys, as well as Dick B., The Dick B. Christian Recovery Guide, 3rd ed. (2010).
More photos and reports are yet to come.
Rutland, Vermont—Sept. 8
This is the town to which Bill’s parents, Bill, and his sister moved and where they lived from about 1902 to 1905.
We have photos of the Wilson home on Chestnut Street, the Longfellow School where
We also have photos of the nearby Grace Congregational Church and are working with its pastor and others to see if there are records of attendance or activity by any of the Wilsons during the period of their Rutland residence.
Burlington, Vermont—Sept. 9: We researched extensively at the Bailey Howe Library on the Central Campus of the University of Vermont at Burlington. The library contains a wide variety historical records on Moody, Congregational Churches, and other locations.
Saturday, September 22, 2012
The “Christian Recovery Radio with Dick B.” Show
Dick B. Is Interviewed about His New Book:
God, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Bible:
The Long-Overlooked Personal Stories
in the First Edition of Alcoholics Anonymous
By Dick B.
© 2012 Anonymous. All rights reserved
You Can Hear This Important Radio Interview of Dick B. Right Now!
You may hear Dick B. discuss his new title, God, His Son Jesus Christ & the Bible in Early A.A.: The Long-Overlooked Personal Stories in the First Edition of Alcoholics Anonymous by Dick B. and Ken B. (Kihei, HI: Paradise Research Publications, Inc., 2012), on the September 22, 2012, episode of the "Christian Recovery Radio with Dick B." show here:
Episodes of the "Christian Recovery Radio with Dick B." show are archived at:
Today’s Introductory Remarks by Dick B.
[These will shortly be followed in our next article by a more detailed synopsis of the Christian Recovery Radio.com Interviews given September 21 and 22 by both Ken B. and Dick B. on their new book, God, His Son Jesus Christ & the Bible in Early A.A.: The Long-Overlooked Personal Stories in the First Edition of Alcoholics Anonymous (Kihei, HI: Paradise Research Publications, Inc., 2012]
Dick B.’s Radio Interview covered the newly-released book by Dick B. and Ken B., God, His Son Jesus Christ, & the Bible in Early A.A.: The Long-Overlooked Personal Stories in the First Edition of Alcoholics Anonymous (Kihei, HI: Paradise Research Publications, Inc., 2012).
The personal stories by “old-school,” early A.A. pioneers have been in limbo for decades. This means they have been put on the shelf and ignored. Yet they show exactly how those pioneer AAs practiced the early A.A. “Christian fellowship” program founded in June of 1935. Piece by piece, the stories were removed after the first edition and their removal left AAs in a quandary as to what their original program looked like and whether it could be applied today.
The early program is summarized on page 131 of DR. BOB and the Good Oldtimers. The 16 principles and practices of the early AAs are specified and explained in The Dick B. Christian Recovery Guide, 3rd ed. (2010).
In this interview, Dick B. reads many excerpts from what is now A.A. General Service Conference-approved literature (as of the release of Experience, Strength & Hope: Stories from the First Three Editions of Alcoholics Anonymous in 2003). Each excerpt is from a testimonial by an A.A. pioneer in his own language and from his own point of view as to how he practiced the pioneer “old-school” program. Also, how he turned to God for help. And how he freely read the Bible, prayed, sought God’s guidance, and endeavored to obey God’s will after having renounced liquor permanently. Once cured, these pioneers set about helping others apply the same program and get well.
These are not war stories. These are not “drunkalogs.” These are not recitals about the Twelve Steps and Big Book because, in early A.A., there was no Big Book, and there were no Steps at all.
We hope you will remember these pithy statements long after you have forgotten the endless, wearying, drinking tales that have become so commonplace in today’s 12 Step programs. You will remember these personal stories because they speak of the power and love of God. You will remember them because they show that the Lord cured early AAs of their alcoholism. And you will remember them because they illustrate that the successes of early A.A. were grounded on the help one drunk provided to another.
[Please be sure to read the next article which will contain the summary of the new book by Dick B. and Ken B. as they told of it in their ChristianRecoveryRadio.com interviews Sept 21-22]
Friday, September 21, 2012
Christian Recovery Radio Interview of A.A. Historian Dick B.
By Dick B.
© 2012 Anonymous. All rights reserved
Dick B.’s Radio Interview on September 22, 2012, will cover the newly-released book by Dick B. and Ken B., God, His Son Jesus Christ, & the Bible in Early A.A.: The Long-Overlooked Personal Stories in the First Edition of Alcoholics Anonymous.
The personal stories by “old-school,” early A.A. pioneers have been in limbo for decades. Yet they show exactly how those individuals practiced the early A.A. “Christian fellowship” program founded in June of 1935. Piece by piece the stories were removed after the first edition and their removal left AAs in a quandary as to what their original program looked like and whether it could be applied today.
The early program is summarized on page 131 of DR. BOB and the Good Oldtimers. The sixteen principles and practices of the early AAs are specified and explained in The Dick B. Christian Recovery Guide, 3rd ed., 2010.
In this interview, Dick will read many excerpts from what is now A.A. General Service Conference-approved literature (as of the release of Experience, Strength & Hope: Stories from the First Three Editions of Alcoholics Anonymous.) Each excerpt will be from a testimonial by an A.A. pioneer in his own language and from his own point of view as to how he practiced the pioneer “old-school” program. Also, how he turned to God for help. And how he freely read the Bible, prayed, sought God’s guidance, endeavored to obey God’s will after having renounced liquor permanently. Once cured, these pioneers set about helping others apply the same program and get well.
These are not war stories. These are not “drunkalogs.” These are not recitals about the Twelve Steps and Big Book because, in early A.A., there was no Big Book, and were no Steps at all.
You will remember these pithy statements long after you have forgotten the endless, wearying, drinking tales that have become so commonplace in today’s 12 Step programs. You will remember them because they speak of the power and love of God. You will remember that the Lord cured them. And you will remember that their successes were grounded on the help they then provided to others.
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Monday, September 17, 2012
Carry This Message
Copyright 2012 Anonymous. All rights reserved
What do you say to a “wet drunk” Christian who wants to quit drinking after years of tries and failures? Here are some starting suggestions
1. Thanks for responding to Ken.
2. I would appreciate your considering, commenting on, and then phoning about the recommendations in my first letter, When you do, I will put you in touch with the two Christian men on Oahu who have good sobriety, have sponsored many, and might be willing to help you if you follow directions.
3. Please answer my questions; and the item below is one I just sent to another man in your situation. It applies to you, as well.
1. My response was somewhat delayed because my son and I have just returned from a 10 day series of workshops on the Christian (and successful) roots of A.A. in Vermont.
2. Thank you for the full response, and I would now welcome a phone call from you to see how we can be of assistance.
3. Meanwhile, I have three major study suggestions:
a. Go to www.ChristianRecoveryRadio.com and download the 27 Stick with the Video winners class. Select topics that appeal to you and view them.
b. Buy my book God and Alcoholism through my son 808 276 4945
c. Buy The Dick B. Christian Recovery Guide from my son. He will also send you a path to follow.
4. As I will firm up for you on the phone, you have confirmed the first requirement which is an irrevocable decision to quit permanently and do whatever it takes.
5. When I said go to a doctor, I was referring to a competent doctor to whom you tell your drinking problem, tell him you are there to have him evaluate whether you are at risk for seizures or DT ‘s if you quit without hospitalization, and will then either prescribe medication specifically intended to prevent seizures and heavy withdrawal symptoms OR send you t o a medical detox in your area.
6. The real issue, then, involves your own resources and decision to go the Christian way: (a) Go to a Christian recovery program. (b) Decide to pursue recovery with 7 day a week effort which will involve perhaps a church service, a Christian recovery fellowship, a Christian recovery counselor, a sponsor, and attendance at A.A. meetings with involvement such as going early, staying late, asking for help, making friends, getting phone numbers to call for help at times of stress, fear, or compulsion, and avoiding liquor at all costs.
7. You need a three-pronged approach: (a) Medical assessment and help immediately. (b) A decision to seek Christian support and help and hang out with like-minded believers. (c) Constantly praying to our Heavenly Father in the name of Jesus Christ to strengthen you, heal you, guide you, and deliver you from the power of darkness NOW (Colossians 2:7) (c) Utilizing the support of a 12 Step program without surrendering to the nonsense gods, wisdom of the rooms, or pseudo “spirituality.”
Call me if you wish; and thanks again for writing.