This message comes years after the passing of Joe McQ and Charley P. The greatest of my memories as a sober person is the night I walked into an AA meeting. I was late and I really didn't want to be there. The meeting was in progress and the group was listening to a recording on tape. Needless to say it was one of the "Joe and Charley" tapes... it was on step 3. The exact step I had been languishing on for weeks. We only listened to about 15 minutes of that tape and then we split off into a group discussion. When the meeting was over I would not leave the building until I was given all of the tapes to take home with me. I listened to all the tapes before the next week's meeting and ordered my own set from the recording company on the label.
Since that day, I have attended 3 of Charley and Joe's Big Book Study conferences, (1992 thru 1998), have had my own big book meetings for many, many years using these recordings and have Lived a Heaven on Earth-type of life because of what these 2 men brought into my life. "Carry This Message" is the theme I lived for many years since that wonderful night. That meeting was in the basement of a church's rectory in Glendale Heights, IL. in 1992. I have seen many, many men and women get sober and stay sober because of the message these 2 great men carried for so many years to so many thousands of us.
Thank you for sharing Joe and Charley with us. Their names and memories will never pass from this world of recovering peoples from around the world.