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Cape Central High Photos

Ken Steinhoff, Cape Girardeau Central High School Class of 1965, was a photographer for The Tiger and The Girardot, and was on the staff of The Capaha Arrow and The Sagamore at Southeast Missouri State University. He worked as a photographer / reporter (among other things) at The Jackson Pioneer and The Southeast Missourian.

Come here to see photos and read stories (mostly true) about coming of age in Southeast Missouri in the 1960s.

Please comment on the articles when you see I have left out a bit of history, forgotten a name or when your memory of a circumstance conflicts with mine. (My mother says her stories have improved now that more and more of the folks who could contradict her have died off.) Your information helps to make this a wonderful archive and may end up in book form.


My $3,498.34 Honda Odyssey

That gray 2000 Honda Odyssey van with a bike rack and a Florida Share the Road license plate sporting my amateur radio callsign was ready for pickup at LeGrand Transmissions Friday right before noon. I should get a lot better gas mileage on my way back to Florida because my wallet is $3,498.34 lighter.

The good news is that the rebuilt transmission is guaranteed for 50K miles or five years. That’s one less thing to worry about. Now I can worry about the engine blowing up, the AC giving out or the wheels falling off.

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8 comments to My $3,498.34 Honda Odyssey

  • Dennis & Mary Drum

    Ken, Have a book on the way that we bought going through you….. Not much but it always adds up. Just a little to help pay part of the $3,498.34. 🙂
    Enjoy getting these memories, news items, whatever every day. Thanks!

  • Bob Ravenstein

    aaaahhh! The ham radio license plate. that will bring me out of the noise. gee you need an antenna on the mobile. get a nice one so you can talk about it! 🙂 nice mobile btw

    • When I was a street photographer, I had so many antennas on the car that it looked like a porcupine. I’d tell people the first one went to seed and they all popped up after the first rain.

      I just renewed my license, but I don’t even know where my two-meter portable is. We’ve had this discussion before: I haven’t enjoyed amateur radio. I use a radio to communicate, not to talk about hardware and signal strength.

      Radio was a tool for me, not a hobby, so I don’t fit in the mix in this neck of the woods.

    • Mike Taylor

      I wonder if the warranty for a rebuilt transmission increases the further the customer lives from the transmission shop:)

      • I have to admit that was a concern of mine, too, but the out-of-area claims are handled by a national association of transmission shops. I hope I don’t need to test it out. It ran fine from MO to FL.

  • Cool, you got it fixed at Legrand’s…nice people and good work from all the people I knew over the years. The Three grand you spent is way cheaper than a new anything! Enjoy your new ride Dude!

    • I probably wouldn’t have done it if I hadn’t been able to take it to LeGrands in Cape or what used to be Dave’s Texaco in West Palm Beach.

      They were good folks to deal with and they’ve been doing it for decades.

  • Joy Dunn(class72)

    Still enjoy all your pics & stories daily… It’s all hitting close to home….. LOL
    I live RIGHT across the highway from LeGrands Transmission…. AND while you were getting your van repaired there we were in Georgia visiting Margi & Jerry Whitright. Margi is my first cousin. We had a fabulous time. Went to Fort Mountain.

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