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Zev and Justin


Zev Glassenberg (26); Justin Kanew (30)

Hometown: Sherman Oaks, Calif. / Los Angeles

Occupation: Unemployed/VP of Production and Development for National Lampoon

Relationship: Friends

Zev and Justin's friendship started six years ago when they were working as camp counselors and the two have been very close ever since. Zev has Asperger's Syndrome, but they don't let it affect their relationship. They share friends and interests, and the friendship is as mutually beneficial as any could be.

Zev is an avid sports fan

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It just depends. I used to work with a guy that had Asperger's and he has learned to adapt so well that most people wouldn't even know he had it. He just seems like a kinda quirky guy to most. I think the biggest challenge will be the crowds and loud noisy places.

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It's rare for me to watch a whole season - just catch up here and there as it goes on

(too much running and jumping and climbing, etc. over and over).

I usually don't mind if I've missed an episode or part of an AR show....

but... this team will keep me tuned in.

As Marty mentioned... loved their humor and also how well they're tuned into each other.

Hope they're in for the long haul.

Had to look up Zev's disorder - not familiar with it.


Asperger syndrome is an autism spectrum disorder, and people with it therefore show significant difficulties in social interaction, along with restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior and interests. It differs from other autism spectrum disorders by its relative preservation of linguistic and cognitive development. Although not required for diagnosis, physical clumsiness and atypical use of language are frequently reported.

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It's important to remember that Aspergers is on a wide spectrum. A lot of folks think "Rainman" but that is only one aspect. Most people with Aspergers are VERY intelligent, but have trouble with social situations. Sometimes that is because they can't "read" social cues, other times it is because they have sensory issues - like extreme sensitivity to noises, etc.

People with VERY high functioning Asperger's are often not even diagnosed until later in life -- they learn to compensate and fit in, and often just seem a little odd or eccentric.

But again, each person with Asperger's is different (much like the rest of us - we're all unique and different).

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At one point Zev sounded just like a young Jerry Lewis! He's a sweet kid, giving the guy on the bus his jacket. I want them to win so they probably won't.

He really does seem like a sweet kid, him giving that guy his jacket was one of the sweetest things ever! I love this team and I'm definitely rooting for them. I think the relationship that these two have is really awesome, Justin seems like he'd be a good best friend to have. :)

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I really like these guys alot.

Zev is the Duck Whisperer

And Justin working for National Lampoon...that is just too cool. I did not realize until I read his occupation that he had my dream job.

So far I am hoping for them to win but I really do enjoy the Globetrotters too

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just saw a commercial that seems to indicate that Zev and Justin are the ones that lose their passports. Hope they turn up!

Oh no, I hope they manage to stay in the race! That would be a sucky way to go out.

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