Uncle Shorty (Neal Steiger)
Uncle Shorty - Central High School Class 217 - was born into SGF, so to speak, because his late father, Martin L. Steiger, Esq. was an early member of BSA Troop 95 and later a member of the SGF Club Board.
Shorty was both a bunk counselor and nature counselor at SGF. He recalls sleeping in the nature den (the one behind the bunks on Indian Ridge, not the old one on Casset Hill) with two boa constrictors, a python, a hognosed snake and several mice and rats. He peversely acquired the name "Shorty" because he was 6'4" tall and there already was an Uncle Neal.
After SGF, Uncle Shorty graduated from Penn State, moved to New York City, and was abducted by gypsies. Fifteen years later he went back to school, collected some credentials, and ended up a professor in New Hampshire. In 2006 he retired and a year later, he and his wife Sylvie sold their home, bought an RV, and headed south. They found Florida so charming that they decided to settle down in Lakeland, Florida. He does some tutoring of kids and teaching night courses to adults. Spare activities include Rotary, swimming, and walking Pico and Zelda, a beagle and bassett, respectively.
Apparently Uncle Shorty was a great counselor. His 1961 bunk pictures brought some of his former campers out of the woodwork. For that, we're adding a second tier of Uncle Shorty pictures. Be sure to tell him that he hasn't changed a bit.
Uncle Shorty's e-mail signature contains this apt Woodrow Wilson quotation - "You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a fine spirit of hope of achievement. You are here to enrich the world and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand."
Those words describe Uncle Shorty.
The Many Faces of Uncle Shorty - Hall of Fame Counselor
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