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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.

Teen Age Club Meets Mayor

Teenagers filled the city council chambers in August 10, 1967 when members of the Teen Age Club met with Mayor J. Hugh Logan to ask for financial help in keeping the club on Broadview open. Sam McVay, an adult supervisor, said the club would be forced to close September 1 if additional funds were not found. He said that it took about $1,000 a month to run TAC, and that the club treasury would be empty after the August bills were paid.

Most of the club’s funding came from the United Fund. Other service clubs kick in, but they have no set pledges, so it’s hard to depend on their contributions.

There were 1,056 teenagers who paid a $2 a year membership fee, but this covered only one-sixth of the year’s operating expenses. Members also paid 50 cents each on nights when a band played, but this money went to pay the band.

Bands play for free

Four of TAC’s regular bands agreed to play for free in August; more would join in September if the club remained open.

The Missourian microfilm fades out on the right side of the page, so I couldn’t read all of the photo caption. Mayor Logan is on the left, in front of the window; the TAC representatives are Miss Pand?; Sam McVay, director, John Sheets and Walter Lamkin.

Other Teen Age Club links

Here are some other TAC stories:


6 comments to Teen Age Club Meets Mayor

  • Dick McClard

    My memories of thet time are of the city fathers trying to find a solution for the parade of young folks up and down Broadway which was our Teen Age Club. I went to what was probably the Teen Age Club once. Black walls, black light providing minimal lighting, soda, popcorn canned music and of course, chaparones. I don’t remember what friends I was with but I do remember sitting at a table with a soft drink waiting for something to happen that was worth paying attention to. Nothing happened so back to Broadway we went. Even now I can’t think of what it would have taken to make the Club appealing to me. In any case it wasn’t successful enough to continue very long and certainly why the Club directors were looking for funding.

  • Dick McClard

    Four words into my previous comment and I lose all credibility. I feel that my life on earth was wasted.

    • Dick, don’t let it get to you. You can always serve as a bad example.

      For a small donation, I could be persuaded to fix your spelling error, but I won’t promise that I won’t make a worse one in the fixing.

  • Terry Hopkins

    Well on the contrast Dick’s experiance’s I thought the TAC or Teentown as we in lower classes called it, was a great place to to and hang out. Usually the girls were there because you could dance and thier mom’s thought it was “safe: place to go. and cheap too, at $.50 it was reasonable and usually you had a live band so…let go! I for some odd reason did nto mind to dance and girls liked to dance, (ALWAYS)so you could at TAC get close to girls and start to try to weave your magic upon them…at least that was the plan as Teenage hormone filled young lad in Cape.
    I used to go to one downtown above the jewelry shop, if fact I halped paint the place and meet several of the Catholic girls there and was amazed that there wasa world outside of Cape Central. I visted the two others frenquently those my Central Years. The one was behind Cenral,the street name escapes me now, and the one on Clark near Broadway no a Pizza joint.
    I think I almost always had good time and it beat handing out for hours at Wimpy’s watching and waiting for “something” to happen. Come to think of it, Wimpy’s taught me sometimes you could be in the right place and “things” would happen if you waited long enough. TAC taught me that if you go to right place then you could “Make Things Happen!”
    Another one of life’s lessons from TAC.

  • Terry Hopkins

    Note to Self….always use spell check and proof before you send out stuff…

  • Walter Lamkin

    Well, age has certainly taken its toll. I’ve no recollection of this event, nor can I imagine why I was a ‘representative’ of the teen masses. Jay Sheets was a member of The Groupe, a popular band of the era, so his participation makes sense in light of the agenda. Fine haircuts, though. No?

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