Cyber Florida presents “Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story”
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Join Cyber Florida at USF on September 19 for a FREE screening of the award-winning documentary “Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story,” followed by Q & A with Ms. Lamarr’s son Anthony Loder and light hors d’oeuvres. Marketed by Hollywood as the “world’s most beautiful woman,” Lamarr also possessed a dazzling intellect, inventing the technology that laid the foundation for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS and earning a new sobriquet, “The Mother of Wi-Fi.” This event, sponsored by Research One at the University of South Florida, will celebrate her inspiring life and invaluable legacy on the eve of her induction to the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame!
4:45 PM Doors Open
5:15 PM Screening of Movie Begins (view the trailer here)
6:45 PM Q+A with Anthony Loder
7:00 PM Light Hors d’oeuvres and Meet & Greet
8:00 PM Event Ends
Programming subject to change without notice*
Visitor parking is available for purchase in USF lots 9C, 3C, 3D, and 42. View Parking Map here. To purchase your permit online, follow the instructions below:
- Create or log into your existing account. Guest Login
- Select Purchase Permit. Follow the instruction screens for purchasing your daily permit.
- Print your permit from the Print Permit hyperlink on your receipt.
- Display on driver’s side dashboard with barcode side up.
Please note: Parking permits are required at all times on the USF campus. You may purchase a daily permit at the main USF entrance or at a parking pay station near one of the daily/visitor parking lots.
About Hedy Lamarr:
Promoted as the “world’s most beautiful woman” by Hollywood, few realized that Hedy possessed a world-class intellect as well. An Austrian Jewish émigré, Hedy invented a covert communication system to help combat the Nazis and gave her patent to the U.S. Navy. Sadly, they failed to recognize the true genius of her invention until decades later. Hedy’s pioneering work now serves as the basis for WiFi, Bluetooth, and GPS technology.
About Anthony Loder:
Anthony Loder is the son of actress/inventor Hedy Lamarr and actor John Loder. Despite this promising start, Loder’s parents divorced the year he was born, and his childhood was spent mostly at boarding schools and with nannies. He attended UCLA briefly before moving to New York City to study acting at the American Place Theater and work on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Summer Stock. In 1969, Loder hitchhiked to South America in search of the father he had never met, who turned out to be in London. After connecting with his father, Loder returned to Los Angeles and a series of blue-collar jobs. In 1995, his third wife started a telecommunications company that is now known as Avante Technologies. The success of Avante allowed Loder to go from receiving checks to writing them and allowed him to turn his focus to sharing his mother’s scientific story, a 25-year labor of love. Loder’s efforts yielded several successful documentary films, an upcoming Showtime special series with Gal Gadot, and the knowledge that, finally, Hedy Lamarr is as well known for her intellectual achievements as her films.