RELEASE DATE: April 20, 2016
STANLEY FISHER: Shark Attack Hero of a Bygone Age
This is a true story about a young man, Stanley Fisher, a twenty-four year old, handsome, popular, novice businessman just beginning his career as a tailor in the early Twentieth Century. It is also about life in a small town in a bygone age. The place is Matawan, New Jersey, located in the middle, or Bayshore section, of the state. While not actually on the coast, it is only one and one-half miles from Raritan Bay, and the Atlantic Ocean.
Stanley Fisher on July 12, 1916, lost his life and became a folklore hero in New Jersey, as a result of a violent shark attack. Stanley was recovering the body of an eleven-year old boy, Lester Stillwell, who had fallen victim to a large shark at a muddy swimming hole in a tidal body of water known as Matawan Creek, which winds through the center of this small town like a snake. This incident, which was reported internationally at the time, is still remembered today and was an inspiration for a multitude of documentaries, books, television shows, and movies.
As an historian, I will tell a story. The focus will be on how a small New Jersey town and its local ìfavorite sonî reacted to an unexpected, horrible tragedy on a typical hot summer day one hundred years ago. It is an inspiring tale of how everyday people took care of each other and dealt with a mortal crisis thrust upon them in the form of a relentless killer shark.