Berlitz, Charles (1914– )
Popular writer on the Bermuda Triangle and similar mysteries.
Born November 23, 1914, in New York City, Berlitz is
the grandson of the founder of the famous Berlitz language
schools and is familiar with some 30 languages. He studied at
Yale University (B.A. magna cum laude, 1936) and during
World War II served in the army, becoming a captain in counterintelligence
in Europe and Latin America.
He has written or edited dozens of textbooks, language dictionaries,
and tourist phrase books in his capacity as vicepresident
of the Berlitz Schools of Language. His leisure time
allowed him to pursue interests in such areas as the Bermuda
triangle, Atlantis, UFOs, and ancient astronauts, which
stemmed from his prior interest in archaeology and scuba diving.
His first book in this vein, The Mystery of Atlantis (1969),
reached a popular audience and was followed by a host of others,
including Mysteries from Forgotten Worlds (1972), The BermuEncyclopedia
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da Triangle (1974), Doomsday 1999 A.D. (1981), and The Dragon’s
Triangle (1989).
In 1979 Berlitz and UFO researcher William L. Moore became
unwitting accomplices in spreading the hoax usually referred
to as the Philadelphia Experiment. The story recounts
a reported incident in which the U.S. Navy developed a device
that transported a destroyer from Philadelphia to Norfolk, Virginia.
In the early 1960s Carlos Alende (real name Carl Allen)
claimed to have witnessed the experiment and states that the
navy classified it and denied that it ever happened.
Sources
Berlitz, Charles. The Bermuda Triangle. New York Doubleday,
1974.
———. The Dragon’s Triangle. New York Wynwood Press,
1989.
———. Mysteries from Forgotten Worlds. Garden City, N.Y.
Doubleday, 1972.
———. Without a Trace New Information from the Triangle.
Garden City, N.Y. Doubleday, 1977.
———. World of Strange Phenomena. New York Wynwood
Press, 1988.
Berlitz, Charles, and J. Manson Valentine. Doomsday 1999
A.D. Garden City, N.Y. Doubleday, 1981.
Berlitz, Charles, and William L. Moore. The Roswell Incident.
New York Grosset & Dunlap, 1980.
Moore, William L., and Charles Berlitz. The Philadelphia Experiment.
New York Grosset & Dunlap, 1979.