Lewis and Sandy Gottschalk

This short film is a narrated slideshow celebrating the 70th birthday on 12 Feb 2013 of Lewis Gottschalk, a South African accountant; father of four and husband to Sandy for 27 years.

Lewis asked us to create a short Life Story for an event to commemorate his 70th. He wanted to give an overall view of his life so far. So we thought a “narrated slideshow’ would do the trick.  We loved creating it and editor Charlene Waite did a fantastic job.

Lewis grew up in the magical Hex Rivier region near Worcestor in the Western Cape Winelands. His parents owned a general dealership and times were tough in the early days.  As a child Lewis used to count the change in his parents store. An experience, he proudly says, that more than likely  steered him towards a career as an accountant.

In this Life Story you’ll meet the people in Lewis’s life. You’ll see the places and hear some of the stories that have special meaning for Lewis. It’s certainly been an interesting journey from Hex Rivier to the beautiful home he has today overlooking the Atlantic Ocean on Cape Town’s coast.  Many happy returns Lewis and thanks for the inspiration!  A special thank you to Russ Nerwich for his beautiful music in the immigration section of the film.

 

20 Responses to Lewis Gottschalk – Turns 70

  1. sandy gottschalk March 16, 2013 at 4:19 pm #

    thank you so much lisa, for all your time, patience and understanding, that you have given to lewis and i, whilst filming lewis’s amazing lifestory!
    you are so easy to work with, so patient, calm and serene, funny, thoughtful, strong and brave enought, to gently go where others will not!!
    we will cherish this piece of film for ever, and ever, and so will all the members of our family, and our wish, is that they will pass it on, from generation to generation, and perhaps one day, have their own copy of their life stories made, so that the ledgend of our family, stays on in their lives for ever!
    kol hakovod to you!

  2. Alisa Zakon March 18, 2013 at 3:26 pm #

    That was amazing to watch. xxx

  3. Hilda Herberg Borkum March 18, 2013 at 3:27 pm #

    What a great video!!!!! Thank you for sharing!

  4. Michelle Joffee March 18, 2013 at 3:28 pm #

    What a delightful video!! Knowing the Gottschalk family I thoroughly enjoyed watching Lewis’s journey capturing entertaining life stories and a fabulous slide show. Mazaltov Lewis! may you be blessed with only good health and happiness. Love Stan, Michelle and family xx

  5. Robyn De Biaggi March 18, 2013 at 3:29 pm #

    How absolutely amazing !!

  6. Karin Lutzno March 18, 2013 at 3:30 pm #

    Lewis, wishing you a lifetime of good health and happiness with your beautiful wife and happy 70th birthday. Lots of love Brian and Karin xxx

  7. Lauraine Lewin March 18, 2013 at 3:31 pm #

    Just too beautiful! Special, entertaining and touching. AMAZING!!!!!! Lucky you Lew to marry my sister! x x

  8. Sheila Wagenheim March 18, 2013 at 3:32 pm #

    How absolutely amazing, the life you’ve had. May you have many many more in good health. De doorns is where my father came to stay with my moms family.. way back in time you were there.

  9. Jenny Zinn Munitz March 18, 2013 at 3:33 pm #

    To a very special man..what an amazing video, you can be so proud of all you have achieved. May you and Sandy be blessed to share many more healthy and happy years together. Lots of love Milt and Jenn

  10. Laura Radomsky March 18, 2013 at 3:33 pm #

    Wow loved watching this!! Mazeltov Lewis! Many more healthy happy years!

  11. Sandi Haywood Murcott March 18, 2013 at 3:35 pm #

    What an amazing video told by an amazing man – thank you for sharing this lovely history, Sandy xx

  12. Shelley Klugman Bernstein March 18, 2013 at 3:45 pm #

    What an outstanding video. I loved every minute of it

  13. Glynis Fobb March 18, 2013 at 3:45 pm #

    Wishing Lewis a very happy 70th birthday and as he says ‘Here’s to the next 70!’. I so enjoyed this film, a life packed full of so many wonderful things, people, history and memories. Wishing you both continued joy and many sunshine days together. G xx

  14. Roxy Levy March 18, 2013 at 3:46 pm #

    Happy 70th Lewis. I loved the video. Thanks for sharing

  15. Lesley Brisco March 18, 2013 at 3:47 pm #

    Absolutely beautiful…x

  16. Toby Shenker March 18, 2013 at 3:47 pm #

    An awesome tribute to Lewis

  17. Roland Stoltzman April 2, 2013 at 1:07 pm #

    Wow, this is just amazing, but not a great as Lewis the Man! Mazaltov Lewis, may the next 7- years be even greater

  18. David Froman April 7, 2013 at 7:11 pm #

    Mazaltov Lewis.

  19. Carol July 25, 2013 at 12:53 am #

    I found this website because my maternal grandmother was Melanie Haenel Schwind. Her sister was Hilda Haenel Gottschalk. They were both born in East Germany. Might that Hilda Gottschalk be the same as Lewis Gottschalk’s mother? I believe Melanie was the oldest of 8 or 10 children and Hilda was her younger sister. It would be interesting to find out if we have relatives in South Africa. My family lives in Jacksonville, Florida, United States.

  20. Jarred August 21, 2016 at 4:24 pm #

    Thanks for capturing memories that we will never forget. A wonderful man that will live in our hearts forever and ever

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