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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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Kilroy Was Here

Jim Stone and others in Science class c 1964Jim Stone and a couple of his buddies are committing science at Central High School. There are all kinds of impressive computations and chemical formulas scrawled on the chalkboard. Jim appears to be singeing the hair on his arm with the flame of a Bunsen burner.

You can click on the photos to make them larger.

Working the slide rule

Jim Stone and others in Science class c 1964Jim uses his slide rule to calculate the number of hairs burned off his arm in the previous photo.

By the way I looked up “slide rule” to see if it was one word or two and discovered that slide rules (two words, by the way) were pretty much killed off by the electronic scientific calculator by 1974.

I love the Kilroy Was Here face on the bottom left of the board behind Jim.

8 comments to Kilroy Was Here

  • Phyllis Hansen

    Jim’s 2 buddies are David Stubbs and Ralph Frye from the class of ’64.

  • B Brune

    Wasn’t David Stubbs the asst Mgr at town
    plaza cinema for many years? Can’t tell by picture
    But doesn’t look like him.

  • Anola Gill Stowick

    Is that a slide rule in your pocket or. . . . . .

  • EJSEESING

    Manager at the theater was David Dubs.

  • Terry Hopkins

    Ralph Fry was the creator of Ralphius Oxide which he used to share with the whole Boy Scout troop 13 on the ride to summer camp inside my dad’s Thames Van. There is no doubt the person pictured above is the before said creator.

  • Brad Brune '66

    Did Ralphius Oxide smell any thing like rotten eggs Magnum PU Hopkins? If so….. you must have carried that stuff around in your pocket a lot.

  • Mike Taylor

    My father-in-law was a German POW in WWII. Last summer he was invited to go on the “honor flight” of groups of WWII vets to see the memorials in Washington DC. His biggest thrill was meeting face to face with the real Kilroy. He said the GIs in Europe loved plastering “Kilroy was here” anywhere they could. It was their collective spoof on who ever was seeing the inscription and was amazed at how that Kilroy guy was able to travel all over the continent. Kilroy had no idea of how the joke got started.

  • Keith Robinson

    My first semester of college, fall 1973, I was forced to take a slide rule class as part of my pre-Electrical Engineering curriculum at SEMO. I took into that class a brand-new $120 Hewlett Packard HP21 calculator that blew the doors off of any other calculator available at the time and it was truly a replacement for the slide rule. Art Soellner was the prof for the class and required that we learn to use the slide rule regardless because; “What if your batteries are dead and you have no access electricity to charge them?”
    We did have some fun toward the end of the semester with some calculating contests; slide rule vs calculator. It was no contest…

    Alas, by Fall Semester 1974, Slide Rule class was no longer offered.

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