On Tuesday August 24th 2020, one of the world’s most beloved film directors lost someone incredibly important to him. Arnold Spielberg, the father of the well renowned Steven Spielberg died of natural causes. The director’s father was 103 when he passed on.
Arnold Spielberg was born on February 6th, 1917, and at the age of 6, developed a passion for creating inventions and having a lab to make experiments. At the age of 12, Spielberg got a ham radio which he used as a way of telling stories and making connections with others. He would later work during World War II as a radio operator and chief communications man of the the Burma Bridge Busters, otherwise known as the 490th Bomb Squadron. After the war, he would marry a concert pianist named Leah Posner and would eventually go back to college to pursue his degree in electrical engineering at the University of Cincinnati. He would eventually work for companies like RCA and General Electric which even give him plenty of opportunities to work on various projects including helping design the GE-200 series of mainframe computers. He even won the Institution of Electrical and Electronic Engineer’s Computer Pioneer Award. In 2012 he was recognized by the Shoah Fountain Institution of the University of Southern California due to his work of humanity through technology and organizing Holocaust testimonials.
Even though Arnold would also be famous for raising Steven Spielberg, the director’s father did not give up on education. Until his final days, he would take online classes in a variety of different topics. Arnold’s passion for education shined through as Steven Spielberg and his family mentioned one of the most important things Arnold taught them. He taught his kids to “love to research, expand their mind, keep their feet on the ground, but reach for the stars and look up” He was a beloved man who has a passion for learning and may he rest in peace