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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.


Rush Limbaugh’s House

Rush Limbaugh home 412 N Sunset 04-21-2011Back in 2011, I picked up a Tour of Rush brochure from the Cape Convention Bureau in the H&H building. Using its guidance, I photographed Rush Limbaugh’s house, his church, the hospital where he was born, the chair where he shined shoes and the radio station where he launched his career. Then I forgot all about it.

Before I let Curator Jessica come to Cape ( she wanted to see if ANY of the stories I had told her about the area were true), I sent her a stack of reading material. It included a book on Louis Houck, a book on the Flood of 1927 and some other things. As an afterthought, I stuck in the Tour of Rush brochure.

Where’s Rush?

Rush Limbaugh home 412 N Sunset 04-21-2011When I rediscovered the photos, I went digging for my Rush Tour pamphlet and couldn’t find it. Miz Jessica returned my other materials, but she must have been so enamored with Cape’s conservative megaphone that she couldn’t part with it.

So, it looks like I’ll have to make do with running Rush’s house at 412 North Sunset Blvd. until I can replace my reference material.

So far, I think I’ve only posted two Rush Limbaugh stories:

23 comments to Rush Limbaugh’s House

  • ruthie burkman

    I see 1969 wasn’t the best year for CHS. And apparently young Rush was as much a blow hard as old Rush. Some things never change.

  • Harriett Smith

    I’m with Lila’s Uncle!

  • Jennie Kinder

    I remember this street and neighborhood as a 78 CHS graduate.
    Cape has produced many quite interesting characters and all of the Limbaugh’s I have come in contact with are very, very nice people.
    I have 2 close friends that graduated with Rush, they have nothing but good memories and funny CHS stories about him as well.

    • Beth Stevens

      Hi Jennie, my husband, Mike Stevens, has spoken fondly of James Kinder often, over the 42 yrs we’ve been married. They were pretty good friends. Mike’s mom was the guidance counselor at the high school. Mike was in the class of ’69. Says they called Rush, Rusty Limbaugh. Best, Beth

  • Terry Hopkins

    Gary Fisher “66” lived right next door and we all used to play baseball on the empty lot, to the north, which is now a parking lot of Southeast Hospital. Rusty was good kid, he usually played right field in the group.

  • Jessica Cyders

    Ken is exaggerating, as usual. I just didn’t have the heart to tell him that one of his ‘gifts’ ended up in my recycling. I figured Rush would like that.

  • Jane Neumeyer

    My father sold Rush Limbaugh his first two way radio. That is when he learned if he held down the button, he could turn it into a monologue device.

  • Tim Luckett

    I used to deliver pizza from Pagliais (forgive the spelling) to Rusty Sharp, aka Rush Limbaugh, when he was the country’s youngest D.J. at KGMO in the late 1960’s. I knew his grandpa (who lived to be 103) from working at Landgraf Lumber on Independence (He came in periodically to talk to Mr. Landgraf). The owner of KGMO, whose name escapes me, had a girlfriend who worked at Landgraf Lumber. Ironically, here name was Marta, the name of one of Rush’s wives. Sounds like a soap opera.

  • Phyllis Smurh

    Can ‘t say I would want to boast of their connection to Cape!! All children are born good. Too bad some grow up a bit screwy!!

  • Patricia A. West

    I, as a faithful listener of Rush’s daily programs, am struck with sadness as I read the negative comments made by his supposed acquaintences from the Cape. If anyone would take the time and have the integrity to listen to Rush, they would be not only impressed but thankful for the gift that Rush has…and continues to be…to our nation. He is a patriot and a Christian. Those who write such vapid comments, intended to demean this wonderful man, are willingly ignorant and arrogantly proud of their ‘opinions’. Rush is a brilliant man and I am deeply grateful for his life and the national treasure that he is. Maybe his ‘naysayers’ would do well to actually listen to him. His analysis, as well as his unfailing prescient gift, prepares us all for the future. Awaken, America. Rush Limbaugh is our 21st century Jeremiah. You ignore him at your peril….Patricia Ashley Oates West, Garland, Texas

    • Kathy Slinkard Velvet

      I agree with you, Patricia. I’m too busy these days to catch Rush’s radio show, however, I was an avid listener on his late night TV editorial show. I’ve always been interested in politics, primarily because of my association with folks like Bob Swaim, Rush Limbaugh, and his Dad. Rush Jr. was in my brother’s, Kerry Slinkard, class. Kerry says that Rush and his friends would sit at their table during lunch and classify their classmates as Intellectuals, Pseudo-intellectuals, and Ne’er-do-wells. If you agree or disagree with his labels or the labeling process, I think that it’s interesting that he was analyzing that early in his career (KGMO). I can’t believe how many liberals were spawned from such a conservative area as Cape. Unfortunately, it has been my experience that liberals demean the character of an opponent, instead of critiquing the pros or cons of his opinions.

  • Steve Meyer

    I’ll never forget the 2nd floor of this house, where Rush had written on the plain, green wall in black magic marker “Kennedy won, darn, Nixon lost, shucks.” I assume it was eventually painted over, but how much do you think that piece of drywall would fetch on eBay today if it still existed?

    • Steve,

      I wonder how many of us have scrawled things like that in hidden places? My buddies and I played around a house that was being built in the neighborhood. Just before it was closed up, we went into the attic and wrote on a rafter, “This is a very good house.”

      I’ve often wondered if any of the subsequent owners ever saw our message.

  • Mike Bristow

    If you think young Rusty Limbaugh, during his Central years was a blow hard that tells me you didn’t know him. He was a very quiet, polite and shy fellow in public. When he turned into his alter ego, Rusty Sharpe doing afternoon drive and Sunday afternoons on that 5000 watt AM powerhouse KGMO, that was a different story.

    Ken,
    I think you have worn out this horse’s patootie theme. It is just starting to sound like envy to me.
    Mike ’68

    • Mike,

      I didn’t know him in high school. I can only judge him for and from what he has become.

      I always include links to earlier posts when they are relevant. It will be in the next Rush post, along with an added link to his house pic. You are welcome NOT to click on it if you don’t like it.

      I gave you an opportunity to paint your high school picture of Rush, the same way I quoted a man who knew him during the same period of time.

  • STUART BAHN

    I could not begin to say it as eloquently as Patricia above, but I agree about Rush 100%! If many of you who call him a blowhard would actually listen to him daily for a few weeks instead of only when the mainstream media quotes something controversial from him every once in a while, I think you would come away with a very different opinion of him.

    • I listened to him in his early days even though I rarely agreed with him. Some of his bits were funny, and some of them made me think. In later years, though, he began to BELIEVE that he was God’s gift to the world and became a bigoted, mean-spirited blowhard.

      Obviously, we disagree.

  • Walter Lamkin

    I find this all most interesting, the antipodal comments about Rush. Our families have been friends for generations as Mr. Rush was one of my grandfather’s closest friends. He is also the longest practicing lawyer in the United States. Rush, Jr. was a brilliant lawyer who died young at 71. His brother Steve, a successful attorney and retired federal judge did his profession honor as have David Limbaugh (a friend and law school classmate of mine) and cousin Steve Jr. who formerly sat on the Missouri Supreme Court and is now on the federal bench as was his dad before him. I was friends with Rusty from a very young age and echo Mike Bristow’s comments. I have no time to listen to his radio show, FOX News, CNN, CSNBC or the myriad of other shows that offer singular opinions on most subjects. I do, however, hold the view that our populace has lost the ability to process information unless it is delivered in an entertaining format. Whether you subscribe to his political views or find them repugnant, give Rush III credit for perfecting this craft.

  • Chris Bahn

    I too feel compelled to weigh-in on this one. Rarely have more-true words been spoken than those above by Patricia West, Kathy Slinkard Velvet, Mike Bristow, Stu Bahn and Walter Lamkin. Those who belittle and trash Rush are (I firmly believe) the ones who don’t give him the courtesy and benifit of actually “listening” to his message over a period of time.

    Yep, I could see folks saying he’s somewhat a blowhard. I would instead say that’s simply his brand, like any other on-air personality. To establish and maintain popularity and noteriety all these years…he indeed needed to have his own “brand”. However, if one will truly listen to him for just 2 weeks (12-14 days of misery, for the flaming liberals out there), one will quickly realize the intense love and pride he has for our great country. And I would contrast that with the disdain of our country, and lack of pride, held by so many on the left (such as the hollywood crowd who have no clue about the real world).

  • Dale Blanshan

    My compliments to those above who disagree without the usual profanity.

  • Phyllis Smith

    Just to say, the house is beautiful, despite who lived there!!
    My name is spelled incorrectly above. Not Smurh, it’s Smith.

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