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Arthur Spieller, 79, NFL Films Cameraman and Hall of Famer

October 6, 2005
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Arthur Spieller, 79, an NFL Films cameraman who filmed the first 31 Super Bowls, died Sept. 19 at his home in Broomall.

Spieller, who won six Emmy awards for outstanding camera work as a cameraman for NFL Films, was introduced to sports photography in the 1930s by an uncle who shot games for the Eagles and for the University of Pennsylvania. He liked to boast that his six Emmys represented one for each of his grandchildren.

He shot from the press box, and was responsible for filming every play, as the field-level camera operators would not be in a position to capture each down. He retired in 1997.

After graduating from West Philadelphia High School, Spieller served in the Army infantry in Europe during World War II. After his discharge, he worked for newsreel companies filming everything from the Kentucky Derby to prize fights to the Masters golf tournament. He joined NFL Films when it was established in Philadelphia in 1964. The company later moved to Mount Laurel, N.J.

Spieller was a board member of Congregation Beth El-Ner Tamid in Broomall, as well as a member of the Jewish War Veterans and an honoree of the Delaware County Sports Hall of Fame. He also volunteered for Meals on Wheels in Delaware County.

Spieller is survived by his wife, the former Janice Ingber; daughter Barbara Spevak; sons Donald Spieller and Brad Spieller; and six grandchildren.

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