Erskine's hair is white, but at the end of a long day he still looks and sounds much like the handsome, graceful young athlete Jackie Robinson met 40 years ago. "You know," he says while getting his coat, "it's appropriate that this exhibition is opening in a historical society. What Jack did opened a lot of minds in the world. And he was strong enough to open them in a broader sense than just baseball. When people come to this they'll get a lot more than baseball. It's the kind of thing that helps you learn how to handle life."