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Videogram ALERT

January 17, 2020

In Memoriam

The Video Club recently lost two dedicated members -- Karin Kutter, wife of longtime Friday Lab Supervisor Wolfgang Kutter, and Bob Hoffelder. Bob and his wife Ann were faithful attendees at General Meetings and Awards Banquets. See their stories below.

A Celebration of the Life of Bob Hoffelder will be held on Sunday, January 26, from 4:30-5:30 pm in Clubhouse 3. 


  • Don't miss our next Short Film Showcase on Monday, February 3, from 1-3 pm in the Video Lab. No charge. Great films. Free popcorn!. Click here for details.
  • WINTER-SPRING CLASSES -- Two new classes starting in February will be of special interest if you want to CAPTURE family memories from old media and SHARE them through simple video editing. "Easy Windows 10 Video Editing" starts February 15 with Tom Nash. "Capture Your Memories: How to Use the Video Lab Capture Center" starts February 17 with Betsy Martin.

    Click here to view and/or download our Winter-Spring 2020 Class Schedule.
  • There's still time to make your reservations for our 10th Annual Goldie Awards Banquet on Saturday, February 1, 2020, in Clubhouse 2, featuring eight original member-produced videos.Click here to download a reservation form. Deadline is January 24.
  • Mark your calendar for our Video Club Open House on Thursday, March 19, at 6:30 pm in the Video Lab and Studio -- featuring the premiere of  our second short dramatic video, "What? You, Too?" directed by John Kelly and written by Lucy Parker. Also featured will be a great short video by Fred Harshbarger on the making of "What? You, Too?" -- plus tours, demonstrations, and refreshments.
  • Be sure to renew your Video Club membership for 2020. Click here to download the 2020 Membership Application.
  • Do you enjoy helping other use video? Instructors are needed to teach Video Club classes on "How to Use YouTube" and "Android Smartphone Video-Making." To learn more about this opportunity , please contact Dr. Tom Nash,, 714 381-0781, club Vice President and director of the Learning Opportunities Committee.

In Memoriam

KARiN KUTTER -- Karin's husband, Wolfgang, wrote us: "Karin Kutter passed away peacefully during the night of January 6th, 2020. She had been weakened by ongoing heart conditions. Following her wishes, we will hold a private scattering of her ashes at sea. Karin and Wolfgang, after immigrating to the US in 1963, were married for close to 57 years. She is survived by her husband, her son, and two grandsons.

"Karin was educated in her home country of Germany as an accountant and has worked for several major corporations in Europe and here in the US. Her passion for travel and her patience to research and arrange these trips, brought us to many, many countries around the world."

Wolfgang has long been active in the Video Club. Many members will recall the enjoyable travel videos he's entered in our Annual Goldie Awards contests. Wolfgang mentioned that one of the last things Karin told him was to be sure to submit his contest entry this year. (He did!)

BOB HOFFELDER -- Early morning, December 8, 2019, Robert (Bob) Hoffelder passed away, from acute bleeding of an aortic aneurism. He was 86.

From the German neighborhoods of St. Louis, Bob’s birthplace, to the beaches of San Diego, his family followed the path of his ancestors who had fought in the Spanish-American War. In all, Bob lived a life fuller and more wonderful than he ever expected. 

His high school education in La Jolla was cut short when his National Guard unit was activated at the beginning of the Korean conflict. For most of his military time he was assigned to an Army Occupational Forces unit in Germany. He next attended and graduated from San Diego State College, after which he worked in Personnel at the Navel Electronics Lab, Point Loma. He married Ann McIntosh, a North Carolina girl teaching in California. Taking graduate courses to pursue his interest in Sociology and Psychology, Bob and Ann entered graduate programs at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where they each received Masters degrees and started a family.

Bob accepted a job teaching Sociology at Cumberland College in southeastern Kentucky. He interrupted his teaching career to pursue his doctorate at the University of Maryland and there earned his Ph.D. in Sociology-Anthropology. Returning to Cumberland as Department Chair, he remained at there until retirement in 1994. Not finished with teaching or adventure, Bob accepted a teaching assignment in Germany, as adjunct professor with the University of Maryland.

With their children Erich and Marty now married and beginning their own families, the Hoffelders decided it was time to consider retirement. While visiting his sister in San Diego, Bob found an advertisement for Leisure World. Curious, he and Ann liked what they saw, decided this was the place for them, and in 1999 became residents of this growing and active community—renamed Laguna Woods Village. For 20 years filled with many new friends, activities, challenges, writing, thinking, the man known as “Dr Bob” or “Prof” or “Hoff” or just “Bob” lived his mantra “Look up. Move on. Enjoy”. He is survived by his wife Ann, son, Erich and wife Susie, daughter Marty and husband Rob, grandchildren Danielle, Emma, Mack and Michael.


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