The Early Years
Michael Csuzdi (Oct. 8, 1929- July 23, 1995) was born Miklos Csuzdi, in the city of Kalocsa in Hungary. He was the only surviving child of Miklos Csuzdi (Sr), a city bus driver and part-time electronics repairman (TV and radio), and Ilona Domaniczky, who was a seamstress prior to her marriage. The family moved to Pestújhely, a suburban residential area of Budapest shortly after his birth and lived in a house on Cservenka u.77 (now called Apolló street).
Michael attended the technical high school “ Kandó Kálmán Műszaki Középiskola” on Tavaszmező u.15 in Budapest. There he met and became good friend’s with Imre Podraczky who would later become instrumental in bringing him to Canada in 1963. After graduating from technical/vocational school in 1950, Michael worked at the “Atomenergia Kutatóintézet (nuclear research lab) in Budapest before applying to university. He attended the “Budapesti Műszaki Egyetem” (Budapest University of Technology) from 1951-1955. He completed his engineering thesis for the State Examining Board while continuing to work at the research lab. In 1958 he was presented with his diploma from the faculty of Electrical Engineering, Branch of Light Current, Radio section.
Michael (on the left) working with a colleague in Budapest
As an electrical engineer, Michael worked in several different places in Budapest. While at “Beloiannisz Hiradástechnikai Gyár” (BHG), in the late 1950’s, he was part of a team that developed the first TV antenna transmitter which was built in the city of Pécs. Later, he patented several inventions while working for the “Budavox” company. In 1961, while working in a radio research and development lab, he met his future wife, Magdolna Kisorban, a fellow electrical engineer. They were married in 1962, and later transferred to work at the “Vörös Szikra Gyár” (translates to Red Spark Manufacturing).
Michael had kept in touch with his friend Imre Podraczky who had left Hungary earlier, during the revolution of 1956 and immigrated to Canada. At his friend’s urging, and the promise of a well paying job, Michael and his wife decided they too would leave Hungary and start a new life in Canada. In June of 1963, while on vacation in Austria, they applied for immigration to several countries, including Canada. Imre was their sponsor and he supported them financially for many months while awaiting permission to enter into Canada. During this time, Imre was working as an engineer for RCA (Radio Corporation of America) in Montreal. He was able to secure a position for Michael at RCA and persuaded the company to pay for their airline tickets. After living in Vienna for 5 months and waiting for their papers, Michael and Magdolna finally arrived in Montreal in November of 1963.
At RCA, Michael worked on projects concerning television transmitting antennas. For several years, his work took him across Canada including Gatineau, QC, Vancouver and Chilliwack, BC, and Halifax, NS. Later, RCA became involved in developing satellite communications equipment. Michael helped design antennas for satellites and ground stations. From 1963-1970 he worked at the RCA building in Montreal and later at the newly built West Island RCA building in Ste. Anne-de-Bellevue.
Michael with an RCA antenna in Montreal, Que
Michael and Magdolna’s two children were born in Montreal during this time. Their son Andrew was born in January of 1964 and their daughter Cathy in December of 1965. The young family moved several times, starting off in modest apartments in the city of Montreal, living for a short while in Brossard in their first house and finally moving to Beaconsfield when Michael was transferred to the West Island RCA building. It was during their time in Beaconsfield that Michael made a discovery that would become instrumental in his decision to leave RCA and start his own research project.
As a young girl, Cathy had a subscription to National Geographic World, a kid’s magazine. The December 1975 issue contained an insert for a paper punch-out globe which she asked her dad to help her put together. Once it was done, Michael hung it from the ceiling using a thread attached to the globe. As it was twirling on the thread, Cathy made a point of telling her dad that he had hung it up wrong, as the top of the globe was now Africa and not the North Pole. Her dad said that was okay since there was no up or down in space. During their discussion Michael also noticed that when the globe twirled on the thread, with Africa at the “top”, the other continents lined up either above or below the “new” equator. This discovery intrigued him and he continued to study the pattern.
Michael’s study showing the paper globe (upper right) Beaconsfield, Que.
Michael came to the conclusion that the continents formed a pentagonal pyramid. Not being one to dismiss this as a random occurrence, he began to look into why this pattern might be formed by the Earth’s continents. He became so intrigued by this mystery that Michael quit work for a year to dedicate himself to the study of geophysics. It was fortunate that his own background was in electrical engineering as he was able to apply electrical concepts to the study of continents and tectonics. Later, this lead to the publication of his book in 1980 entitled “Breakthrough in Energy” (Core Publishing) which describes his original idea of electrical geophysics and its potential as a clean energy source.
Eventually, Michael realized that doing unfunded private research was taking a toll on family life. In 1977 he was hired by Canadair in Montreal where he worked on the ICTS (Intermediate Capacity Transit System or ICTS). It was there he first met David Gilmore, a mechanical engineer, who was working on the suspension system of the ICTS transit car. David expressed an interest in Michael's theories and, later, offered to help him show the feasibility of the forces behind continental drift by computer simulation. By the end of 1977, the entire research and development department was transferred to Millhaven, near Kingston, Ontario. He now worked for Metro Canada Ltd. a subsidiary owned by UTDC (Urban Transportation and Development Corp.) which produced the Vancouver “Skytrain” system, Scarborough and Detroit system. Later, in the 1980’s UTDC was bought by Lavalin.
Michael working at UTDC in Kingston, Ontario (1978)
In his free time, Michael continued his own research into electrical geophysics. He travelled to San Francisco and gave a poster presentation at the 1981 Fall American Geophysical Union meeting. In October 1982 the ISCDS (International Stop Continental Drift Society) included a serious article entitled “Electrical Geophysics” in its newsletter. He sent letters and copies of his book to many universities and other geophysicists in the hopes of starting scientific discussion and perhaps resolving the validity of his novel ideas. Unfortunately, he was often told that his ideas were in opposition to the current theories in geophysics.
Retirement and death
Due to worsening health issues, Michael decided to take early retirement from Lavalin in 1993. He continued working at home on his own research in geophysics. In December 1994, Michael published his second and final book called “Underground Geophysics for Geoelectric Energy” (Core Publishing) in which he describes the numerical evidence for repulsion-force positioning of landmasses on the Earth, Mars and the Moon.
In July 1995, Michael passed away suddenly due to a pre-existing heart condition. He was 65 years old. He is buried at the Cataraqui Cemetery in Kingston, Ontario.
Michael in his study, Kingston, Ontario (1994)