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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.


Scouting Is Fun and Other Uniforms

Almost every kid in Cape had a crack at radio and / or TV fame. I can remember going to the KFVS radio studio to sit on Santa’s lap and to tell him (and the whole world as I knew it) what I wanted for Christmas.

There was a local radio quiz show called Know Your City Quiz that would ask questions about Cape’s history. I’d sit there with my second-grade-level picture history book frantically rooting for the answer to such questions as, “When did Cape get its first fire engine.” The book had all kinds of stuff about some guy named Washington crossing some river in the middle of the winter, but not important stuff like Cape’s first fire engine. (What was that guy doing standing up in the boat, anyway? Even I knew enough not to do THAT.)

My TV debut

I think my TV debut might have been during Scout Week in the eighth grade or my freshman year. Boy Scout Troop 8 was supposed to have someone tap out “Scouting is fun” in Morse code, but the guy who was supposed to do it backed out at the last minute for some reason or other. I could send like a demon (but couldn’t receive worth two cents), so I was sent in as a sub.

Dad set up the family’s 8mm camera to record the moment off the Zenith television in the basement. For what it’s worth, he had a guy working for him who could read code who pronounced my transmission flawless. I’m not sure who the Scout was looking in awe over my shoulder.

The whole escapade ended with future debate partner John Mueller being interviewed. I’m sure he said something about how important being able to send Morse code would be in an emergency. Unspoken was the fact that my buzzer couldn’t be heard on the far side of the room and that the little light on the key was a tiny flashlight bulb. I guess it was OK for close emergencies.

Switched to different uniforms

A couple of years later, John and I  traded in our Scout uniforms for suits and ties to be undefeated members of the Central High School Debate Team.

Here’s a bunch of us getting ready to wreak havoc on the teams from the smaller schools in the area. That’s John on the right. I’m to his left. I see, in no particular order, Mike Daniels, Rick Meinz, Andy Scully, Shari Stiver, Vicky Roth, Jim Reynolds, Becky McGinty and Bill Wilson, among others whose names are lost in the fog of years.

We didn’t make it as the Three Counts

I’ve run this before, but some pictures deserve to be resurrected from time to time. John, Rick Meinz and I got dragooned into dressing up like this for a church play at Trinity Lutheran Church.

Someone Higher Up (well, not THAT higher up) cut my best line, “We’re the Three Counts: Count de Bills, Count de Checks and Count de Change.” I lost enthusiasm for my part after that. Heck of a note when the only line you can remember from a role is the one they wouldn’t let you deliver.

That’s not really MY National Guard uniform

I made about as good a soldier as I did a Lutheran Reverend and donned the uniform just about as long.

I wanted to do a story on the local National Gurard contingent going to summer camp. The Higher Ups (does this sound familiar) wouldn’t let a civilian ride in the convoy, so an enterprising Master Sergeant said, “I’ve got it all worked out. Come on by and get fitted for a uniform. You’ll look like everybody else. Nobody’ll know.”

Here’s the brief story of my National Guard career. I’ll have to scan the photos one of these days, even if they were taken in Florida. I’m happy with several of them.

 

2 comments to Scouting Is Fun and Other Uniforms

  • Bill Stone

    Merry Christmas Ken and to all; I read all the stories and the rest of the pages of the Missourian that had the selective draft lottery.
    It looks like everyone wants to talk about the draft lottery and Miss Gilbert. I remember watching the draft on TV. My number was 236. At the time I was 1Y due to a football injury. That classification was temporary and I had to return to Cape from college to be reclassified. Dr Hall examined my knee and declared it unstable, thus I got a 4F classification. I remember the relief of knowing I wasn’t going to get a paid vacation to Southeast Asia
    but at the same time strangely sad that I wasn’t up to standard. I would have gone but being married by then, it would have been hard.
    Miss Gilbert was a nice lady whom I became acquainted when I moved to the H&H building. It was several years after she retired and I was well past selective service age and the draft was done away with. I think I may have been in her old office at one time if it was on the second floor. I don’t remember for sure about that. I do remember visiting her office one time to sign up for selective service. And yes, like all of you I have all my selective service cards.

  • Terrry Hopkins

    Merry Christmas to all!…nice shot and your Dad was way before his time with the 8mm recording of the KFVS TV interview. At that time being on TV was the way out there on the list of things only the coolest of cool did…and you my friend were on TV!
    The shots of the debate team were pretty cool too. Mike Daniels was one of the funniest guys I knew, Rick Meinz the smartest and best speaker, he was always giving some sort of speech or introducing people in assembly, Bill wilson should have been a Governor in some state or another. The ladies in the pictures were all way above my social class, but I remember their names as goddesses of Central High.
    …But what are you and John Mueller doing with all these cool people?
    Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday’s and “It wouldn’t be Christams with my Intenet wake up from you”

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