Arnold Spielberg, father of Steven Spielberg, dies at 103

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Arnold Spielberg, father of filmmaker Steven Spielberg, died Tuesday of natural causes, Variety has learned. He was 103 years old.Steven was with his father the night he died, according to a statement, telling him, “You are our home. You are our home. He also said of his father, who was an engineer at General Electric: “When I see a PlayStation, when I look at a cell phone – from the smallest calculator to an iPad – I look at my dad and I say: ‘ My dad and a team of geniuses started this. ”

In addition to Steven, he had three daughters, Anne, Nancy and Sue. In a joint statement, the Spielberg children said their father taught them to “love to research, broaden their minds, keep their feet on the ground, but reach for the stars.” [and] Search. ”

“Thank you for my life. I love you, daddy, daddy, daddy. And then so then, and then then, what happens next… ”they said to him at his bedside.

Spielberg was born February 6, 1917 in Cincinnati, Ohio, and quickly developed a passion for learning and innovation. At 6, he turned his family’s attic into a makeshift laboratory and devised inventions, inviting his friends to cling to the electrodes of a shock machine he was making by wiring batteries together. At age 12, he got his first ham radio, which opened the door to a lifetime of sharing stories with strangers on the air.

The love of storytelling was something he passed on to his children. “He made friends on the radio. He heard from people he didn’t know existed. He connected with strangers and that affability is something he carried over into real life, often befriending another person online at Starbucks or at the table next to him, ”said his daughter Sue.

In December 1941, Spielberg enlisted as a sergeant in the military, before working as a radio operator and communications manager for the 490th Bomb Squadron, also known as the “Burma Bridge Busters”.

When Spielberg returned from the war in 1945, he married Leah Posner, who was a talented concert pianist, and Steven was born the following year. Their children grew up in an environment that encouraged both logical reasoning and walking to the beat of their own drums. Spielberg returned to school and received a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Cincinnati.

After graduating in 1949, he got a job with RCA in Camden, New Jersey. He worked on RCA’s first commercial and professional computer, the RCA BIZMAC, in the early days of computing. In 1956, he joined General Electric and participated in the design of the GE-200 series of mainframe computers.

Spielberg’s career in electronics has also taken him to Electronic Arrays, SDS, Burroughs and IBM, taking him to travel all over the world. He also won the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineer’s Computer Pioneer Award.

In 2012, Spielberg was recognized by the Shoah Foundation Institute at the University of Southern California for his advancement of humanity through technology, his years of mentoring, and his cataloging and organizing of Holocaust testimony.

Until his last days, Spielberg would take online courses in everything from thermodynamics to history to astronomy. With his children, he watched movies, listened to classical music and spent time on his patio overlooking the Pacific Palisades.

Spielberg is predeceased by his brother, Irvin “Buddy” Spielberg, his wife, Bernice Colner Spielberg, and his first wife, Leah Spielberg Adler. He is survived by his children, director Steven Spielberg (wife, Kate Capshaw); screenwriter Anne Spielberg (husband, Danny Opatoshu); marketing manager Sue Spielberg (husband Jerry Pasternak); and producer Nancy Spielberg (husband Shimon Katz). He is also survived by 4 stepchildren, 11 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren and countless adorable cousins, nieces and nephews.

Due to the circumstances and safety precautions surrounding the ongoing pandemic, a celebration of life will take place at a later date, tentatively scheduled for fall 2021 and aligned with the Jewish tradition of unveiling the tombstone. The Spielberg family asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the National WWII Museum in New Orleans or to Jewish veterans of the United States of America.



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