My name is Harvey Pekar. That's an unusual name, "Harvey Pekar."
1960 was the year I got my first apartment and my first phone book. Now imagine my surprise when I looked up my name and saw that in addition to me, another Harvey Pekar was listed. Now, I was listed as "Harvey L. Pekar" -- my middle name is Lawrence -- and he was listed as "Harvey Pekar." Therefore his was a - was a purer listing.
Then in the '70s, I noticed that a third Harvey Pekar was listed in the phone book. Now, this filled me with curiosity. How can there be three people with such an unusual name in the world, let alone in one city?
Then, one day, a person I work with expressed her sympathy with me concerning what she thought was the death of my father, and she pointed out an obituary notice in the newspaper for a man named Harvey Pekar. And one of his sons was named Harvey. And these were the other Harvey Pekars. And six months later, Harvey Pekar Jr. died. And although I've met neither man, I was filled with sadness: "What were they like?", I thought. It seemed that our lives had been linked in some indefinable way.
But the story does not end there, for two years later another "Harvey Pekar" appeared in the phone book.
Who are these people? Where do they come from? What do they do?
What's in a name?
Who is "Harvey Pekar?"
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