AA Beyond Belief Podcast: A Conversation with Thomas B.

In Episode Four of AA Beyond Belief-The Podcast, we will speak with Thomas B. from Seaside Oregon. We’ll talk about his experience getting sober in New York during the 1970’s, an interesting conversation he had with Bill W.’s secretary Nell Wing, and the history of the Back to Basics movement in AA.

We will also get an update on the long-standing request for a Grapevine Book of stories from agnostics, atheists and freethinkers in AA.

Supplemental Reading

Back to Basics and Other Threats to AA , by John H., AA Agnostica, May 17, 2015

Clarence Snyder: Almost Co-Founder, by Bob K, AA Agnostica, September 15, 2015

Nell Wing, AA’s First Archivist, Dies at 89 , Markings Your Archives Interchange, Vol. 27, No. 1, Spring 2007

Many Paths to Spirituality Pamphlet, Reviewed by Chris G., AA Agnostica, August 13, 2014

Many Paths Pamphlet, Alcoholics Anonymous World Services

Grapevine Book for Atheists and Agnostics in AA, AA Agnostica, September 7, 2014

No Grapevine Book for Atheists in AA, AA Agnostica, February 18, 2015

AA Grapevine Seeks Stories from Agnostics and Atheists in AA, AA Beyond Belief, November 25, 2015

PRAASA 2015, AA Agnostica, April 12, 2015

The Anonymous People, Many Faces 1 Voice, A Faces & Voices of Recovery Campaign


More About Thomas B.

Sober from his primary drug of addiction, Colt .45 — preferably by the case lot — since October 14, 1972, Thomas is grateful for the full life he has experienced in recovery for over 43 years. He’s been active at the group level throughout his recovery and in 1978 was the co-chair of the first New York City Young Peoples Conference. He is a co-founder (with his wife, Jill) and current GSR of Portland, Oregon’s Beyond Belief group. Retired from a 30-year career in addiction treatment, he and a fellow Vietnam Veteran colleague, Vince Treanor, were instrumental in establishing the correlation between addiction and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder during the 1980s.

He’s been an active participant on AA Agnostica since early in 2012 and has had the following articles published: 

He and his wife, Jill, live in gainful retirement on disability in Seaside, Oregon with their dog Kiera, and two cats, Savannah and Elsa, writing and helping to expand secular AA throughout Oregon.

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  1. Mikey J. December 23, 2015 at 12:47 pm - Reply

    What a fascinating interview. I love AA as well and it’s so interesting to hear about its origins, especially with Clarance who eventually retired in my home state. It’s also nice to know that someone on our “team” is so involved in the AA service structure. Good Show!

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