Milt Machlin

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Milt Machlin was born in New York City, New York back in 1924.  After just one year of college he enlisted in the United States Army serving in the Asia Pacific Theatre.  After the war, he attended Brown University, continuing his education he earned a second from the Sorbonne in Paris.

After graduation, he worked as a journalist for the Agence France Press, then as an editor for the adventure magazine Argosy.  In 1969, he traveled to the jungles of Papua New Guinea.  His mission was to learn the fate of Michael Rockefeller, son of the New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller.  He never found Michael but he was sure that Michael had been killed by a local tribe. The true fate of Michael has never been discovered.  Milt died in 2004, he was 79.

What you may not know about Milt is that he coined two phrases that everyone in the world has heard or aware of.  Are you ready, well here goes.  Milt is best known for the phrases “Bermuda Triangle” and the “Abominable Snowman”. 

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Comments (18)

Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - I guess everyone has heard those two phrases.  He had a penchant for adventure.

Aug 31, 2021 03:23 AM
Barbara Tattersall
Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan (Keene,NH) - Keene, NH

Hi James,

For some reason I feel extra smart for knowing the author of those names. As far as Michael Rockefeller, I think Life Magazine?  did a story on him. I thought it was awful that he was never heard from and imagined the worst.

Aug 31, 2021 03:48 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi James... I hadn't thought of the Michael Rockefeller disappearance in ages, but I sure do remember that story. Never occured to me ask where the phrases Bermuda Triange and Abominable Snowman came from... and now I know.

Aug 31, 2021 04:34 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY

Good morning James,

That makes three that have not really been found!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Aug 31, 2021 04:37 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello James - I don't recall ever reading a story about Michael Rockefeller and your profile of Milt Machlin is new-to-me.  Very interesting.  

Aug 31, 2021 05:11 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

James, another great person made an impression is our history.   Had not heard the story of Michael Rockefellar for a while.

Aug 31, 2021 05:49 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Hmm, so are you telling me that the Bermuda Triangle and Abominable Snowman are not real things?

Aug 31, 2021 07:13 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I would never would have guessed those 2 phrases James Dray 

Aug 31, 2021 07:27 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Once again, I had no idea, and this is a fun fact you shared with us, once again.  A

Aug 31, 2021 07:43 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

good morning James! What unique distinctions indeed. Now I wonder what happened to Michael?

Aug 31, 2021 08:44 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank your very much, James, for sharing this story.

Take care, be safe and have a great day.

Aug 31, 2021 08:56 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi James- I too wonder what happened to Michael!  And yes, I'm familiar with those phrases. 

Aug 31, 2021 10:27 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Wow, he lead a very interesting life. Those are two phrases that will likely stand the test of time.

Aug 31, 2021 10:54 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

I suppose most people have heard these phrase but I bet few know who coined the a bunch of us do!

Aug 31, 2021 11:22 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

So which came first, the Abominable Snowman or the  Sasquatch? . As far as I know there is no other name for the triangel James Dray .


Aug 31, 2021 12:35 PM
Wendy Rulnick
Rulnick Realty, Inc. - Destin, FL
"It's Wendy... It's Sold!"

James Dray Milt was a cool guy.  

Aug 31, 2021 02:58 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James I remember the phrase as well as the search for Gov Rockeffeller's son...Endre

Aug 31, 2021 11:02 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

I cannot imagine coining a phrase that would take a place in common language for generations. Two such accomplishments is truly amazing.

Nov 19, 2021 08:17 PM