Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Steven Spielberg spent his younger years in New Jersey, Arizona and later, California. During his teens, his 1962 movie Escape to Nowhere won first prize at a film festival. HIs second short in 1968, called Amblin, was seen by an executive at Universal Studios, and he was tendered a contract. Dropping out of California State College, Long Beach (now known as California State University, where he did earn his B.A. in 2002) he began working in the studio's television division. In 1975, Jaws established him as a leading director, followed by directing Close Encounters of the Third Kind in 1977, which he also wrote.