This will be the last Stumptown Stories at the Jack London! The Rialto upstairs and the Jack London are closing – on Christmas Day this year. The Jack London has hosted Stumptown Stories since June 2011, so it’s appropriate that the final Stumptown Stories at the underground institution serves as a requiem . . .
Doug Kenck-Crispin will discuss the early history of the Rialto Billiard Parlors, and share some of the highlights from the OLCC records regarding the current establishment. JB Fisher will talk about JD “Bob” Archer, Portland pool champion and owner of the Rialto and Elite Billiard Parlors in the 1940s and 50s. Recently discovered Oregon State Police files shed provocative new light on how vice operations were really being run in mid-century Portland. Joe Streckert will illuminate Jim Elkins, 1950’s Portland’s racketeer king, who ran gambling and (gasp!) pinball throughout the city. That all came crashing down when the Seattle Teamsters and the feds came to town, and Elkins empire of numbers was no more. As you can see, plenty of new shit has come to light about one of your favorite Portland institutions! Kick Ass Oregon History’s Ghost Host, Andy Lindberg, will be the Master of Ceremonies, and there will be FREE NACHOS [while supplies last], as well as some books from the namesake of the establishment.
Stumptown Stories, batshit crazy stories from the murkiest, weirdest, and nuttiest corners of Portland history, will be announcing a new venue soon!
Admission is free. Doors open at 7:00 PM, 21 and over only.