Member Profile: Dr.
Charles Lietzau (Chuck)
Member & Board Member
received his Ph.D. from Wayne
State University, Detroit, MI, in 1984. Although his major
and minor are listed as "Zoology," and "Cell Physiology,"
he served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in a full range of
other courses from Botany to Human Physiology, and as a "Graduate
Assistant Curator" in the Natural Science Museum. Chuck has
recently retired from the Detroit Public Schools where he taught
High School Biology, Chemistry, and Science at Pershing and Mumford
High Schools for several decades and in private school. During
that time, Chuck also served assignments as an "Adjunct Assistant
Professor" at Wayne
County Community College, Madonna
College, (later University), and Wayne
State University. During the summers in the 90's, Chuck taught
a number of graduate field courses for WSU at the Kresge
Environmental Education Center at Fish Lake, Lapeer, Michigan.
These included courses involving plant identification and the
application of statistical procedures to field sampling and ecological
experiments evaluating feeding damage on plants. It was during
this time that Chuck formed a working relationship with Crop Circle
Research Pioneer, W. C. Levengood who personally taught him the
node-length measurement and statistical analysis techniques which
now provide the scientific authorization for the refined L-NEAT
process. Along with other members of the ICCRA, Chuck still maintains
a professional and personal relationship with "Lefty."
Quite coincidentally, since the facilities were also shared by
Eastern Michigan University,
there were times when both Chuck and Jeff Wilson taught at Fish
Lake on alternate days without encountering each other. Their
formal association did not come about until 6 years later!
interests and avocations span a wide range, however a perspective
based upon the strict application of the Scientific Method has
always been a constant as well as his basic teaching rationale.
Despite his lifelong interest in "pursuing the scientific
method into the unknown," Chuck's field investigations were
stimulated by the time he spent "under house arrest"
while working on his dissertation as a Graduate TA at WSU's earlier
summer field station at Watersmeet, in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
While in charge of a dozen students on a campus of 1,000 acres
of wilderness adjoining a tavern, (the legal drinking age was
18 years at the time), Chuck was forbidden to drive to the nearby
town and "waste" his time investigating the Watersmeet-Paulding,
U.P. Mystery Light. After being awarded his Ph.D. degree, Chuck
and his wife returned to the remote northern location the following
summer to discover the source of the "Mystery Light."
Not wishing to interfere with a local attraction that garnered
nationwide publicity for the "U.P.", their exploits
were dramatized in a series of popular columns in the Blue Water
Legal News, by a friend. The actual results of the investigation
have only been shared privately with other researchers for scientific
led to Chuck's becoming a lifetime member of the Michigan Metaphysical
Society, and completing several year's worth of "Psychic
Development" classes. The numerous professional Psychics
and students were willing to allow him to be a participating student
and scientific observer, even going so far as to make themselves
available for controlled experiments. The results have been somewhat
"eye-opening" to say the least, and many have still
made themselves available for experimentation. Chuck rejoined
the Martial Art of Tang Soo Do/ Tai Kwon Do that he had studied
in College under pioneering "Master"
Sang Kyu Shim, of South Korea. He particularly concentrated
on brick-breaking techniques to gain insight into the "force"
known variously as "Ki," "Chi," and other
names with equally interesting results.
is also a Consultant for the International
MUFON and the state MIMUFON
chapter, being fortunate enough to have lived through the events
that branded Michigan as the "Swamp Gas State." It was
through a mutual friend, Todd LeMire that Jeff attended Chuck's
presentation at MIMUFON of his results from the Fremont Township/Hemlock
MI corn circles of '02, and finally met to immediately forge a
working relationship. Once again, both Chuck and Jeff had independently
investigated this formation but only knew about each other through
the local farmers with whom we were both working. Finally, thanks
to Levengood's work, a "paranormal" phenomenon could
be scientifically analyzed with conclusive results. As confirmed
through e-mail by Dr. Richard Hawkins, the authentic Fremont twp
formation also turned out to be the first reported U.S. formation
demonstrating a diatonic ratio, the letter "F!" It wasn't
long before our video consultation with Steve Moreno and Rueben
Uriarte on the Solano, CA formation which was quickly followed
by the historic Mayville/Kekoskee WS, formation, the first complex
geometric "circle" witnessed during its formation where
Roger and he also met that the seeds for the ICCRA were planted.
is also the current President of the "Renaissance Story League,"
which has performed at many venues in the Michigan area. "People
often do not recognize the true drama of the events they experience
until it is recounted in story form." One of his most memorable
occasions involves being "interrogated" by the "FBI"
while telling stories about the local UFO and Bigfoot history
at the (one-eyed) Turkey Vulture Festival, sponsored by the "Hell's
Angels Motorcycle Club" in Hell, Michigan.
pursuing his various investigations, Chuck is always guided by
the principle, "the data is the only authority." Chuck
also enjoys the warm receptions given to serious investigators
by the local residents. When he remarked about how satisfying
it was that he could travel a hundred miles to a new place and
be welcomed like family, one farming couple responded, "That's
the way it is when you treat people with respect."
The data is the only authority."
Circle Research Articles by Charles Lietzau:
Determining the Authenticity of a Crop Formation Through the
Use of the L-NEAT Process", Swirled News,
October 28, 2002
represents Chuck's first field-directed formalization of W.
C. Levengood's historic procedures. Its purpose was to empower
serious scientific investigators with the ability to make
conclusive "field" determinations of the authenticity
of a formation in "real time" while it was still
accessible. Therefore, it stresses the only universal criterion
which consists of statistically significant node elongation.
As a result of intense field work with the ICCRA, refinements
in the pre-analysis selection of specimens and the post analysis
comparison of sample sets have been made to eliminate possible
sources of criticism. Under the new guidelines to be posted
shortly, the dramatic enlargement associated with nodes bent
beyond 10 degrees, as featured in the illustration, are no
longer considered eligible for use in the statistical calculations.