Allan Hinderstein – in memory

From Michaeline Veden – 8/23/2007

Allan Hinderstein passed away on June 3, at age 68, after a sudden and brief illness. He had just finished his 5-year early retirement committment at Sacramento State and was scheduled to be fully retired at the end of the Spring semester.

We will be having a celebration of life in honor of Allan on Friday, September 28, 2007, at 2 p.m. in (appropriately enough) the Teleproduction Center One Studios at Sacramento State (Lib South LL Room 52A).

I worked with Allan for almost 30 years and I know how special his time at WGBH was to him. He often spoke of his many projects and colleagues and enjoyed going back for the reunions, although the last couple of times he lamented to me that “we lost another couple good ones this year.”

If anyone from the WGBH alumni family would like to send thoughts to be shared at the memorial service, or privately for the family, please contact me. And if anyone would like to attend the celebration of life, they are more than welcome, I can provide logistical information.

Also, there is a student achievement award in Allan’s name that will be announced at the service. If anyone would like more information or would like to contribute, please contact me.


  1. Don Hallock on August 16, 2007 at 10:48 am

    “Hindy” did many things at WGBH. I believe he first joined the station as a Boston University Graduate Scholar (intern). He did all varieties of studio work and eventually became a Producer-Director.

    After the fire he was film and tape librarian, and was for some years, I believe, a full-time cameraman. [From Fred Barzyk: He also became studio chief, assigning the various crews.]

    After I left the station in 1963 I lost track of Hindy for some years. I did meet up with him again in the ’70s at The National Center for Experiments in Television in San Francisco.

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