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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.

Books from Dad

Books LV Steinhoff gave Ken Steinhoff when he started high schoolShortly after I started Central High School, Dad came home with four book under his arm. I don’t think it was any special occasion or if they wrapped in gift paper. I don’t even remember if he said anything when he handed them to me unless it was, “Here are some books you might find useful.”

They were

  • Webster’s New World Dictionary of the American Language
  • Roget’s International Thesaurus
  • Merriam-Webster’s Synonyms
  • Robert’s Rules of Order

Why these books?

As I type these, I have to wonder who told him this would be a useful combination. Dad was a smart guy, but he constructed roads and bridges, not words and paragraphs. I can’t think of anywhere he would have been exposed to Robert’s Rules of Order.

Still, those books served me all the way through high school, got packed up to go to Ohio University, and were thumbed through at papers in Ohio, North Carolina and Florida.

I’m shuffling stuff around in my office to make more efficient use of space, so I took the books down this afternoon. I flipped to the front pages to see if he had written anything in the flyleaves.

No, he was a strong believer in never engraving on or writing in anything that you might need to sell or pawn some day.

They’re a little worse for the wear, and they wouldn’t bring anything at the pawn shop, but they are priceless to me.

11 comments to Books from Dad

  • Nice. Powerful. Simpler days to be sure.

  • Terry Hopkins

    What great gift from father to son… This is a thoughtful and caring way to guide anyone into what is important to be understood in the real world.
    Now we just tell our Utes with sculls full of mush to just Google it.

  • Anola Stowick

    Your dad was a very smart man. I have all 4 books on my shelf and they’re pretty worn. Bartlett Book of Quotes is another well worn favorite.

  • Anola Stowick

    +#}*]>*# iPad auto correct! That was supposed to be Your dad. . . . Not you’re

    [Editor’s Note: I fixed the auto correct error in the first message, but decided to leave this one. I love it when Anola talks dirty.]

  • Anola Gill Stowick

    Thanks For the edit Ken. Sorry, I can’t control myself when Apple autocorrects words that were already correct. Actually I have no patience for people or AI systems that think they know better than me.

  • David Klaproth, '61

    Those books got me through college and helped me get a great job in advertising!

  • Marty Riley

    Your dad had some pretty good ideas. Few young people today would know what a thesaurus is. Of course many people “our age” cannot navigate computers – I struggle with that myself.

  • Dennis & Mary Drum

    This is Mary. Where is the Robert’s Rules? Just curious…. 🙂

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