Makow was born in Zürich, Switzerland and moved with his family to Canada as an infant, settling in Ottawa. At the age of 11, in 1960, he began to write the syndicated advice-to-parents column "Ask Henry".
Henry Makow is the author of Cruel Hoax: Feminism and the New World Order and Illuminati: The Cult That Hijacked the World.
- "Game Gauges Players' Scruples By Putting Them To The Test". United Press International. September 25, 1985. http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/orlandosentinel/access/91720125.html?dids=91720125:91720125&FMT=ABS&FMTS=ABS:FT&type=current&date=Sep+25,+1985&author=Graham+Rockingham,+United+Press+International&pub=Orlando+Sentinel&desc=GAME+GAUGES+PLAYERS'+SCRUPLES+BY+PUTTING+THEM+TO+THE+TEST&pqatl=google. Retrieved 2010-11-17. "Scruples was born last summer when Henry Makow sold his house for $35000, using the money to produce an inital 5,000 copies of Scruples for Canadian distribution. In April, the $18 game was introduced to America. In May, Johnny Carson spent 15 minutes reading Scruples' questions to his 20 million viewers. Maruka Industries, Scruples' U.S. distributor, now predicts one million sales by Christmas. ... The guru Henry Makow, a balding English professor and freelance writer ..."
- "For a Change, Ethical Pursuit". Time magazine. April 12, 2005. http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1048388,00.html. Retrieved 2010-11-21. "A Winnipeg free-lance writer, Makow has been in the question-and-answer business since age eleven, when his advice-to-parents column 'Ask Henry' was syndicated in some 40 papers in the US and Canada."
- "Scruples Creator is Immersed in the Life and Works of Mysterious Author". The Montreal Gazette. October 25, 1985. http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=oRUyAAAAIBAJ&sjid=-6UFAAAAIBAJ&dq=henry%20makow%20scruples&pg=1226,2237026. Retrieved 2010-11-17.