STEVE BLATTSPIELER, INDUSTRY LEADER, DIES AT 53
TORRANCE, CA - Industry pioneer Steve Blattspieler died at approximately 5:00 PM yesterday at Torrance Memorial Hospital in the presence of his children Jason and Megan and his sister Terri. He was 53. Blattspieler had been battling pancreatic cancer for some time. Born in Helena, MT, he first got involved in the industry as an accomplished foosball player and tournament champion, and he then transitioned to distribution in Canada. His first U.S. position was heading the Bally pinball sales effort, where he was notably successful. His subsequent career included top management stints at Irem, Capcom and most recently Andamiro USA, where he led the company from a relatively unknown Korean subsidiary a few years ago, to a top North American and European manufacturing sales presence today. Known for his gruff, sarcastic humor, Blattspieler was a straight shooter and a canny business strategist who "worked hard and played harder" , and inspired fierce loyalty from many friends. His remains will be cremated today; his sister plans to scatter his ashes in Montana. Funeral plans are unknown at press time; industry friends and colleagues are hoping to organize a memorial service that would take place within two weeks or so, possibly in Chicago. More information about any memorial will be released as soon as available.
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