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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.


David Steinhoff’s Birthday

You don’t see as much stuff about Brother David here as you do Brother Mark and Mother. Part of that is that David moved out to Tulsa, while Mark lives in St. Louis, so it’s a lot easier to see them when I come back to Cape. I’m bad about dates, so I let not only David’s birthday, which is September 12, slip by, I forgot that the 11th was David and Diane’s 35 wedding anniversary.

Stories about David

I’d like to find the photos of him when he drove my shiny new car from North Carolina. I bought the car the weekend before we were to move from Gastonia to West Palm Beach because I trusted the dealer. Wife Lila had her own car to drive, and I had to pilot the rental truck with all our belongings. David hadn’t had his license all that long, and I don’t think he had ever driven a stick shift before, but I put him in the car for a couple hours of driving lessons, then we headed south.

I’m pretty sure I said something like, “It almost all Interstate. If you can get it into fourth gear, leave it there until you can coast off the highway when you run out of gas.” He and the car both made it to Florida.

Gallery of David Photos

Here’s a quick selection of David Steinhoff photos over the years. I promise that I’ll do a better job next year of finding some better photos. Click on any photo to make it larger, then click on the left or right side to move through the gallery.

6 comments to David Steinhoff’s Birthday

  • Mark Steinhoff

    As I viewed the photos I said to myself, “I wonder if Ken will include the infamous photo of David with hair clips when he was trying to take the wave out of his hair. Naw, he won’t include that one…”

    Sorry David, Ken has no shame, especially when it comes to someone else.

    Of course, since my brother David is internet-challenged, he will most likely never see this post about himself anyway. If he could only discover a way to unsubscribe from A.O.L. he might see it…

    • History is written by the winners – and the ones who hold onto the old photos.

      I think he looks kind of studly in the hair clip shot – or, at least as studly as someone with hair clips can look.

      Let’s see, your birthday is in March. I have plenty of time to go looking for YOUR photos.

      And, before you go all dissing David for his lack of Internet awareness, I have to note that you have avoided Facebook where a number of photos of you lurk.

  • Amy Steinhoff

    Oh don’t you guys worry, I will make sure he sees all of these wonderful pictures! Mark, I am absolutely positive that he may be the last living human being still using AOL.

    Kenny, I love reading all of your stories.

  • Keith Robinson

    Someone needs training for the old Toyota “Oh, What a Feeling” jump. Boy, I remember those sideburns!

  • susan montgomery smith

    Ken, The class of ’62 is working on their 50th reunion and we are interested in having some photos of the Tiger Den. There are a few in various yearbooks, but wonder if you have others. Our reunion is not until October of 2012, but would need the pictures within the next 5 or 6 months. If you come across any, please let me know.
    Thanks!!!!!!

    • Susan, see if any of these do the job for you?

      Freshman Dance

      Sophomore dance

      One of these may or may not have been in the Tiger Den.

      I was Class of 65 and didn’t do much shooting of the Class of 62, so I may not be able to help you much.

      Let me know if there’s anything else you’re looking for and I’ll keep my eye out.

      (BTW, technical glitch. If you go to a page you’ve been to before, you may have to press Ctrl-F5 to bring up new comments.)

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