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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.

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Wimpy’s As We Remember It

Wimpy's Ticket 09-07-2015A couple of young newlyweds stopped by the house to talk about buying Mother’s 1977 Datsun pickup truck. Mother would tell us that she could count on two or three lookers a year for as long as it’s been parked there, but she’d always tell the prospective buyers that she was going to be buried in it. When the time came, we measured the truck, then we measured the available plot and decided that it wouldn’t work.

Anyway these kids were real Datsun fans and promised to restore it for actual driving as opposed to cannibalizing it for parts. Mark, David and I said we’d consider selling it to them on the condition that when it was in running order they’d drive by the cemetery and give Mother and Dad a couple beeps to let them know it had found a good home. But, more about that later if and when it’s a done deal.

Another visitor showed up

While the kids and I were swapping Datsun stories (I can’t remember if I owned three or four of them), another car pulled into the driveway. It was Terry Rose Crowell, from CHS Class of 1965. She asked if I was going to be in town Saturday, September 19.

I’m getting to the age where I don’t feel comfortable making plans that far in advance, but I allowed as how the possibilities were good.

She asked me how many tickets to the Wimpy’s event I needed. I said the only Road Warriorette close enough to go with me was Friend Shari in St. Louis, so I wouldn’t need more than two.

(When I called Friend Shari, she said she wasn’t sure if she could make it. Something about washing her hair.)

Lewis family to cook from original recipe

Wimpy's Ticket 09-07-2015Here are details about the event that were posted on the Centenary United Methodist Church website:

Save the date for Wimpy’s night at Centenary and open house. On Saturday, September 19 from 11:00am to 2:00pm, the Lewis family and Centenary will be bringing back the original recipe, hometown favorite hamburgers. $10 will get you two classic Wimpy burgers, fries and a drink. Spread the word, bring your friends and family, then take them on a tour of our newly renovated campus. Volunteers are needed. Please contact Terry Crowell at 573-382-1123 for information.

The CHS 1960s email list said you could also contact Billy Sisco at Sisco’s Barber Shop (573-335-3545) for tickets. I saw somewhere else that only 600 tickets will be sold, so you’d better get yours while you still can.

I might have prints available

Wimpy composite 8x10If I can find someone in Cape who can make some prints at a reasonable price, I may bring some to the event. I’m thinking of an 8×10 composite print of Wimpy’s as it looked in 1966. I won’t know a price until I find out how much they cost to produce.



8 comments to Wimpy’s As We Remember It

  • Janet Robert

    Very reasonable prints can be made at Walgreens. I thought i read somewhere that Jeanne Eddlemann was going to be there with her drawings of Wimpys..

  • Mary Waggener

    Thank you for posting this, Ken.

    Janet Robert, you are correct that Jeanne Eddlemann plans on attending with her drawings of Wimpy’s.

  • Keith Robinson

    Ken, very masterful job of aligning the two shots from two different times of day.

  • Walter Lamkin

    The photos are evocative of a much simpler, happy time long past. The burgers were unmatchable, the fries sublime, the milkshakes beyond measure. Surely they were each good for us, foods for the soul as they were.

  • I do very little photo printing since I have multiple backups and most photos are passed electronically now. However if you can’t find a printer (Between Cape, Jackson, and Sikeston, there should be one.)could you not print them on photo paper yourself? My dad wrote a “book” of his flying experiences and printed 5x7s and 8x11s at home. Not sure if you want just a photo or maybe more like a poster.

  • Tom Lovinggood

    I remember the burgers were very thin with a lot of onions.

  • Chris Talbert

    I remember as a kid my Dad stopping at Wimpys on the way home from church to pick up the Sunday paper because it had the cartoons (i.e., the “funnies”). Notice there is no stoplight at that intersection.

  • Virginia Kerr West

    Loved Wimpy,s Drive-in ! Went there often !

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