Lawrence David Kusche
|Born||November 1, 1940|
|Alma mater||Arizona State University|
|Notable work||The Bermuda Triangle Mystery – Solved|
|Notable awards||CSI Fellow|
|Spouse||Sally Jo Rhodes|
Lawrence David Kusche (born November 1, 1940) is an American author, research librarian, and pilot. He investigated unexplained disappearances and other unusual events related to the Bermuda Triangle to answer queries he was getting as a research librarian, and ended up writing a book debunking most of the mysteries touted by other writers about that location.
Early life and education
Kusche was born in Racine, Wisconsin, and his family moved to the Phoenix, Arizona area when he was six. Interested in aviation, Kusche qualified for a commercial pilot's license at age 19, was a commercial pilot by age 21, a flight instructor by age 24, and an instrument instructor.
In 1964, Kusche graduated from Arizona State University (ASU). He completed a training course to become a commercial flight engineer, but on the day he was supposed to report for work, he decided he didn't like the prospect of a career sitting in front of hundreds of switches and dials unable to see out of the airplane. He resigned and returned to Arizona to become a high school math teacher and librarian. Later, he acquired a master's degree in library science and began working at ASU's Hayden Library in June, 1969.
Kusche is the author of Larry Kusche's Popcorn Cookery, a 1977 cookbook detailing recipes involving popcorn, including baked goods made from ground-up popcorn "flour", and Shape Up Your Hips and Thighs.
Kusche took a leave-of-absence to complete his first book. After the success of the Bermuda Triangle book, Kusche abandoned his career as a librarian to become a writer. He has worked as a technical writer in the Phoenix area. After the publication of his investigative books, Kusche became a fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI).
As a research librarian at ASU, Kusche received queries for all types of information from students writing term papers. In the early 1970s, he became interested in the Bermuda Triangle mystery, as he was confronted by numerous queries related to the Triangle. This prompted Kusche and fellow librarian Debbie Blouin to start gathering information, mostly by writing hundreds of letters to request information from official sources. Initially, the two librarians began selling (for $2) a bibliography of the information about the Bermuda Triangle that they had acquired. Later, it occurred to Kusche that somebody should put down all of the information they had gathered into a book. When the publishing company Harper and Row ordered a copy of the bibliography, Kusche sent them a copy with a note scribbled on it asking if they were interested in a book about the subject that he was writing – and they were.
Initially intrigued by the mysteries surrounding the Triangle, Kusche's research convinced him that virtually all the incidents had been caused by storms or accidents, or they happened outside the Triangle, or no proof could be found that they ever occurred at all. His conclusion was that the Triangle was a "manufactured mystery," the result of poor research and reporting, and the occasional deliberate falsification of facts.
Kusche originally included a long chapter in his Bermuda Triangle book about Flight 19, five Navy Avenger torpedo airplanes on a training mission out of Fort Lauderdale Naval Air Station that disappeared in the Atlantic Ocean on December 5, 1945. Kusche later expanded this chapter into a book, The Disappearance of Flight 19. He studied the Navy's report of the investigation, interviewed many of the Navy personnel who were involved at the time, and flew the likely route of the missing aircraft himself. At the time, the lost flight of five torpedo bombers was said to be a victim of the mysterious forces in the Triangle. Kusche explained why the flight leader erroneously thought he was in the Florida Keys, why he said his compass had failed, and why no wreckage has yet been found.
- The Bermuda Triangle Mystery – Solved (ISBN 0450028615) (1975)
- Larry Kusche's Popcorn Cookery (ISBN 091265662X) (1977)
- Shape Up Your Hips and Thighs (ISBN 0020591004) (1979)
- The Disappearance of Flight 19 (ISBN 0060124776) (1980)
- Kusche, Lawrence David (1975). The Bermuda Triangle mystery, solved. London: New English Library. ISBN 0450028615. OCLC 59254254.
- Tancill, Karen B. (5 July 1975). "Bermuda Triangle mystery solved?". The Journal Times (Racine, Wisconsin). Retrieved 25 September 2018.
- Winstein, Bill (23 Sep 1980). "Lost Planes Mystery Untangled". The Pittsburgh Press. Retrieved 26 September 2018.
- Ben-Horin, Daniel (1 Mar 1975). "The solution to the Bermuda Triangle Mystery". Tucson Daily Citizen. Retrieved 25 September 2018.
- Kusche, Larry (1977). Larry Kusche's Popcorn cookery. Tucson, AZ.: H.P. Books. ISBN 0912656840. OCLC 3404179.
- Upton, Kim (6 Nov 1977). "A Penchant for Popcorn". The Honolulu Advertiser. Retrieved 25 September 2018.
- Kusche, Larry; Porr, Dennis (1979). Shape up your hips and thighs. New York: Collier Books. ISBN 0020591004. OCLC 5333614.
- CSI's List of Fellows listed as Lawrence Kusche.
- Ropp, Thomas (16 Mar 1975). "in reference to your question". Arizona Republic. Retrieved 27 September 2018.
- Kushce, Larry (Nov–Dec 2015). "The Bermuda Triangle Mystery Delusion: Looking Back after Forty Years". Skeptical Inquirer. 39.6. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
- Dean, Paul (29 Sep 1974). "Bermuda Triangle remains an enigma". Arizona Republic (Phoenix, Arizona). Retrieved 25 September 2018.
- The Bermuda Triangle page from The Skeptics Dictionary
- Kusche, Larry (1980). The disappearance of Flight 19 (1st ed.). New York: Harper & Row. ISBN 0060124776. OCLC 5706290.
- Covington, James W. (28 Sep 1980). "Swallowed Up by the Dark Atlantic". The Tampa Tribune.
- Kaye, Ken (3 Dec 1995). "50 years after the Lost Patrol: vanishing of 27 still a mystery". South Florida Sun Sentinel. Retrieved 26 September 2018.