Someday, hopefully, a long way down the road, when we look back at the life of Steven Spielberg, we will celebrate one of the most successful and accomplished film directors that the medium has ever seen. But one does not achieve that sort of success in a vacuum and one of the people who had a profound influence on the director has now passed on himself. Steven Spielberg’s father Arnold Spielberg has died at the age of 103.
Before Steven Spielberg changed the way we look at movies, Arnold Spielberg changed the way we look at technology. He received his degree in electrical engineering before going to work for General Electric and helping to design the GE-200 computer, which was the machine used to compose the BASIC computer language.
Due to safety concerns, the family of Arnold Spielberg will hold a celebration of life at a later date, likely in 2021. The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the National World War II Museum in New Orleans or the Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America.
More to come…