Howard Robens and Jack Wassermann met when their wives shared an office at a New York college. Both were born in Germany and raised in Israel. Robens visited Vancouver in 1967 to collaborate with Wassermann on a science text. They co-authored a based-in-Vancouver thriller, Hambro's Itch, about a Pentagon-devised virus designed to decrease Third World populations and thereby limit the potential for outbreaks of nuclear war. Robens, a Vancouver high school teacher, was born in Mulhausen in 1931. Wassermann (not to be confused with the popular columnist Jack Wasserman) is a Vancouver editor, born in Dusseldorf in 1919.

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