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Alvin Eldridge Harper Obituary
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November 7, 2018
Eldridge was my cousin, 13 years older. He took me to a semi-pro baseball game in Dallas once around 1960. He supplied me with a blank stat sheet and taught me how to fill it in as the game progressed. To him it was essential to the baseball experience. He and his brother, Layne, played a lot of Strat-O-Matic Baseball growing up. Layne was a star (wind-mill style) pitcher on his church softball team. Eldridge never missed a game and loudly rooted for Layne, ranging from the traditional "Swing, batter, batter" to the rather enchanting sing-song of "Come, Babe -- Come, Son" that apparently went back way before my time to the beginning of Little League in the 30s.

He also read Schopenhauer.

Eldridge gave me advice at various times. When I was preparing to take the SAT, he said he could tell me an easy way to ensure a higher score on the verbal section: he said "answer liberal." There was something to that.

About ten years ago, I asked him if he could do the genealogy so that my wife could join DAR. He promptly did it. Around the same time, he helped us identify the subject of a family portrait from about 1820. He was clever and resourceful in such quests. He sent me a tape of a talk he gave to the Dallas genealogy society about how to discern hot and cold leads in family research. The words "Hot Damn!" were in the title but I forget the rest of it.

He signed off his letters with "As usual, Your Cuz" which I do here.