Speaking Appearance

“Fight Night at the Oberon!” – A benefit for the Humboldt County Historical Society, Monday, July 14, at 7:00 PM at Oberon Grill


With London experts Dr. Susan Nuernberg & Richard “Doc” Stull

Featuring a Rematch of the Epic Brawl!

In July 1911, Eureka’s Oberon Saloon witnessed the now legendary fistfight between writer/adventurer/Socialist Jack London and the future owner of The Pacific Lumber Company, nineteen-year-old A. Stanwood Murphy.  The details of the fight and the issues the men fought over are still debated over a century later.

The time has now come for a rematch of the epic brawl at its original site. Join us for dinner and drinks with London experts Dr. Susan Nuernberg and Richard “Doc” Stull, who will explore Jack London’s history as an activist and fighter. Murphy family members will be invited to share their family’s stories of the famous fight.

Oberon Grill owner Roy Kohl will give glimpses into the Oberon building’s riotous and racy past. And Jack London and A. Stanwood Murphy will return to swing punches at each other once again – although we can’t guarantee this re-enactment battle will last an hour like the original!

Speaker Susan Nuernberg is professor emerita of English at the University of Wisconsin Oskosh, a past president of the Jack London Society, a former Jack London scholar-in-residence at Sonoma State University, and a docent, as is Doc Stull, at Jack London State Historic Park. Stull is a professor at Humboldt State University, a literature and sports radio  host, and has made many presentations on ack London, who he has described as “the Elvis Presley of the literary world.”

It’s a benefit for the Historical Society and it’s all happening at the Oberon Grill, 516 Second Street, Eureka. Tickets are $75 per person (includes dinner, with no-host bar) and are available from the Historical Society in person or by calling 707-445-4342. Seating is limited to just seventy people, so we encourage you to get your tickets early. Eat, drink, be merry, and explore history!
Above: The Oberon as it appeared in 1911, when London was trounced by Murphy.