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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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Bald Headed Men of America

LV Steinhoff Bald Headed Men of America 1973

In 1973, I sponsored Dad to a lifetime membership in the Bald Headed Men of America. He started losing his hair in his 20s, so I knew I was going to be destined to comb my hair with a washrag. He was self conscious about it, Mother said, and always wore a hat when he was younger.

When he got older, he said one of the few things he missed about having hair was the protection it gave you against sunburn and scraping your head on stuff.

Check out my comb-over

Ken Steinhoff in PBNI Photo dept 06-1970I didn’t have any room to talk. By 1976, this photo taken in the Palm Beach Post photo department, will demonstrate I was sporting a serious comb-over. In my defense, I can only say that when you are combing your hair, you are look straight into your face, not at the top of your head. You’ve been parting your hair since childhood, so you don’t sense that your part keeps creeping closer and closer to your ear.

My moment of truth came when I was riding in an open National Guard jeep on the way to photograph their summer camp. I felt my hair streaming out about a foot and thought, “Kid, your hair is going to get caught the in rearview mirror of a passing semi and you’re going to be dragged to an ignoble death.”

I visited a barber when I got back to town, and said, “It’s time.”

(I don’t think it’s necessary for you to click on the photo to make it larger.)

Founder J.T. Capps III

LV Steinhoff Bald Headed Men of America 1973I did a quick Google search for BHMA founder J.T. Capps III, figuring his obit would have some interesting tidbit I could add to the post. It turned out that he’s still alive and promoting beautiful heads – at least as late as 2015.

Maybe guys who don’t waste energy growing hair live longer. I certainly hope so.


LV Steinhoff Bald Headed Men of America 1973The organization even had a newsletter that came out quarterly. The July 1974 noted that Vice President Gerald Ford had been made the group’s first honorary member.


3 comments to Bald Headed Men of America

  • Keith Robinson

    That newsletter reminds me that Eugene Sifford, Principal of Central High in 1973, was called Chrome Dome by many of us irreverent students.

  • I really never thought too much about it because I was going to be bald at 30. My dad was bald at 35 , so I thought I was going to be following in his footsteps. So I never paid much attention to my hair, because to like it too much would mean I would miss it more when it was gone. So here I am at my advanced age with pretty much a full head of hair.
    I do have a “high forehead” that seems to be getting a little higher lately, but I had that in High school. Bald or not bald; it seems to be the attitude that makes the look, so I will soldier on with spring in my step.

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