Jack London State Historic Park Event – Reading by Doc Stull

Memorial Service lead by Park Historian Lou Leal, the poetry of George Sterling, best friend of Jack London and California Poet Laureate and original poetry by Iris Dunkle and Doc Stull at the 101th Annual Jack London Memorial Service, Jack London State Park, Glen Ellen, CA

Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 10:00  AM at the Museum/House of Happy Walls

London Gravesite

“I wouldn’t mind if you laid my ashes on the knoll where the Greenlaw children are buried. And roll over me a red boulder from the ruins of the Big House.”  Jack London



Oh, was there ever face of all the dead

In which too late the living could not read

A mute appeal for all the love unsaid—

A mute reproach for careless word and deed?

And now, dear friend of friends, we look on thine,

To whom we could not give a last farewell—

On whom without a whisper or a sign,

The deep unfathomable Darkness fell.

On! Gone beyond us, who shall say how far?

Gone swiftly to the dim Eternity,

Leaving us silence, or the words that are

To sorrow as the foam is to the sea.

Unfearing heart, whose patience was so long!

Unresting mind, so hungry for the truth!

Now has thou rest, gentle one and strong,

Dead like a lordly lion in its youth.

Farewell! Although thou know not, there alone,

Farewell! Although thou hear not in our cry

The love we would have given had we known, Ah! And a soul like thine how shall it die.


Radio Appearance: Humboldt Magazine, KHSU 90.5 FM Arcata, CA

 Sport in the Americas and Caribbean and their connection to popular culture and politics:  Maradona

Friday, November 3,  2017 at 1:00  PM   


Argentina’s Diego Maradona is considered, along with Brazil’s Pele, to be the greatest soccer player of the 20th century.  Short, stocky, part devil, part angel but all too human, Maradona was blessed with extraordinary vision, unparalleled dribbling skills and an operatic sense of the dramatic.   Maradona is an athlete that transcended sport.  His career was a rags-to-riches rise-and-fall and a symbol of nationalism in Argentina and even in Italy where his professional team in Naples became synonymous with regional southern Italian pride.   And, in the space of one World Cup game, Argentina’s quarter-final against England, in 1986 , he scored two of the most iconic goals in the history of soccer – they both were “epic,” for different  reasons – we’ll discuss  why in today’s show.  You don’t have to be a soccer fan or even sports fan to appreciate the Odyssey and grand narrative of Maradona.   Sam Blair’s ESPN’s 30 for 30 documentary, Maradona ’86 is one of many about Maradona.  Eduardo Galeano’s Soccer in Sun and Shadow is a beautifully written book about the world of soccer in its many dimensions and perspectives.