Charles Berlitz, a linguist with a fascination for the paranormal, died on Dec. 18. Cause of death was not released. He was 90.
Berlitz graduated from Yale University, then spent 26 years in the U.S. Army. Working as an intelligence officer, he served in World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam before retiring as a lieutenant colonel.
For the next three decades, Berlitz worked for the Berlitz Co., a provider of language instruction, translation and publishing that was founded by his grandfather, Maximilian D. Berlitz, in 1878. Charles Berlitz ran its New York publishing house and developed the company’s record and tape courses. He spoke numerous languages and wrote curriculum for schools all over the world.
In 1974, Berlitz published the best-selling book, “The Bermuda Triangle,” which popularized the stories of plane and ship disappearances between Florida and Bermuda. He explained the occurrences with outlandish theories of alien encounters, connections to the lost city of Atlantis and a magnetic vortex that would allow vessels to slip into a different point in space and time. He also published “The Mystery of Atlantis,” “Mysteries From Forgotten Worlds,” “The Roswell Incident” and “The Philadelphia Experiment — Project Invisibility,” which was adapted into a feature film in 1984.