I wonder, actually I question, if Bill W. stayed sober throughout the years. Regular commenters make a good point.
Why isn't Bill Wilson's sober date celebrated?
Everything else in AA is celebrated. Seems every day is special: Groups celebrate their individual existence, Dr. Bob's anniversary is celebrated, The BB publication, etc. Perhaps it's a ploy to get into the newspapers. You know, some of that "attraction not promotion" type of publicity.
The full length YouTube video (submitted by AA.org) was removed (by contributor) shortly after Stinkin' Thinkin' posted about the video in their blog:
I'm sure there are other copies around the net however it's very boring until you reach the point of the fumble. Ilse was kind enough to clip that part and save it for all of us:
Funny how more of the damaging articles disappear from the internet. I've witnessed this myself. Fan of AA or not, it is probably a wise decision to save historical events on your own hard drive. Never know when it will be removed, a result of an oversight or to purposely keep negative aspects of the program that relies on "attraction" out of public view.