Mike Evans, the last founding member of the Video Club, passed away in early August. He would have been 100 in September. Services for Mike will be held Monday, August 20, at 11 am at the Lutheran Church of the Cross, 24231 El Toro Rd., Laguna Woods. A reception will follow at the church.
Mike and a group of residents interested in making videos started the Video Club of Laguna Woods in October, 1989, at Clubhouse 4, later moving to our present location to gain more space. Today, with non-destructive, computer-based video editing — using programs like Corel VideoStudio for PC and iMovie for Mac — we have it easy compared to the pre-digital days of 1989. Mike, a retired professional photographer, and his friends used VHS player-recorder units to edit camcorder tapes, as well as with razor blades and splicing tape to edit 16mm and 8mm film. If you made an editing mistake in those days, too bad!
Mike visited the Video Lab on May 11, 2017, when the photo above was taken. At that time, he was living at Village Valencia. His wife, Delores, was in a board-and-care home nearby. Mike and Delores were Laguna Woods Village residents for 30 years.
Mike was also active in the Camera Club (he was a past-President), woodworking, and the American Legion. For the Video Club, he served a the official photographer for our Annual Awards Banquets, taking both formal portraits of guests and still photos of the activities. In 2014, at the request of then-President Lucy Parker, Mike undertook a complete inventory of all Video Club equipment, a task which took him several months. The labels you see on various devices and the gold “Property of the Video Club” labels are reminders of Mike’s diligent work.