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Billy Altman is an award-winning cultural journalist, critic and historian whose work has appeared in such places as The New York Times, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Esquire, GQ, Harper's Bazaar, Sport, Inside Sports, TV Guide, People, Entertainment Weekly, and Most recently, he served as the "Stop The Presses!" columnist for Yahoo's front page division.

He covered New York baseball and other sports for many years at the Village Voice, and was head scriptwriter at Olympia Sports Networks for numerous syndicated radio programs including John Madden's Sports Quiz and Flashback With Jack Buck. A longtime senior editor of Detroit's legendary Creem Magazine, he is a former assistant curator for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland and an editorial consultant for the recently opened Grammy Museum in Los Angeles. He is also a recipient of the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award for Excellence in Music Journalism.

The author of Laughter's Gentle Soul: The Life of Robert Benchley (W.W. Norton, 1997), he currently teaches in the Humanities Department of the School of Visual Arts in New York City. And, last but certainly not least, he works as an official scorer for Major League Baseball at Mets and Yankees games. He's got a rule book, and he knows how to use it.