By Kevin Gershan (25-year friend)
Paul Edward Schroeder lost his long battle with heart disease, diabetes and arthritis on Sunday, July 12, 2009 at Providence St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Burbank, California at the age of 63.
Paul was born in 1946 in St Louis, Missouri. He spent his teen years attending Fairview High and Murray State University where he was an athlete and sportsman, before being drafted into the United States Army Airborne Division where his keen mind helped him to be selected as a cryptologist. Following the war, Paul finished up his education by graduating from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville.
He moved to California in the early 80’s where he attended the American Film Institute in Hollywood, and began a career in show business; first as a teamster in motion pictures, working on the film 1941 with John Belushi and director Steven Spielberg. He went on to become a technical director, calling cameras on shows like Newhart, Seinfeld and Cybil at the then CBS/MTM Studios in Studio City. Due to the long and stressful hours, Paul decided to go into business for himself, launching KAB: The Satellite Store, one of the first consumer large satellite dish companies in Los Angeles, who were responsible for the majority of home and business installations of dishes in the San Fernando Valley.
When technology moved forward, so did Paul, who owned and operated Hollywood Home Theater, building beautiful and renowned custom home theater installations from Santa Barbara to the Mexican border.
Paul loved sports (closely following the St. Louis Rams, The St. Louis Cardinals and University of Missouri NCAA basketball), politics, academia but mostly movies. Not just as a viewer but as an astute observer of the art of filmmaking. Paul loved the details (from the direction, to the lighting, to the story-telling). In 2004, he even did a short stint as a movie reviewer with broadcaster Scott St. James on St. Louis radio station KTRS. He attended a weekly Monday night dinner with friends who couldn’t wait to hear Paul’s take on the latest films.
Paul was a kind, thoughtful and passionate man, who was always there to reach his hand out to others. He was considered by all who knew him as one of the most unselfish men they had ever known. He will be remembered by all of those whose lives he touched.