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Paul MacArthur: Editor, Publisher, and Contributing Writer

An Assistant Professor of Public Relations at Utica College, Paul MacArthur is a veteran of the cable television and radio industries and an accomplished freelance writer.

His writings have been published in Down Beat, The Jazz Report, Event Magazine, Listener, Cadence, Seven Days, VERMONT Magazine, The Houston Press, Gambit Weekly, Creative Loafing (Charlotte), The Ottawa Citizen, LEAK CD Music Magazine, Lounge, Jazziz, Experience Hendrix, The Atlanta Jewish Times, LareDos, The Star-Times (New Zealand), Northern Express, houston.sidewalk.com, and CountryBeat.

He's the co-author of The Speech: A Guide to Effective Speaking, published in 1993, and contributed more than 40 entries to MusicHound Jazz: The Essential Album Guide, published in 1998. MacArthur has also several made presentations at national conferences on the cable television and radio industries and has taught at Indiana University, Lyndon State College, Sam Houston State University, Cazenovia College and Onondaga Community College.

An articulate wrestling analyst, MacArthur has been quoted in the Hartford Courant, the Providence Journal, Broken Pencil, and the trade magazine Amusement Business. He's appeared on MSBC’s Real Time and also consulted on ESPN's Outside the Lines special on pro wrestling. MacArthur has also been profiled in a doctoral dissertation about pro wrestling. When not devoting time to pro wrestling, MacArthur enjoys snowboarding, water-skiing, and hanging out on the beach.

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David Skolnick: Editor, Publisher, and Contributing Writer

A newspaper reporter since 1988, David has written for The Vindicator, a 70,000-daily newspaper in Youngstown, Ohio, since May 1995. David was named in September 2000 as the newspaper's head political writer, a position held by only three other people in the past 65 years. David's journalism honors including Best Investigative Reporting, First Place, and Best Use of a Public Record, Second Place, awarded by the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists in 2004; Best Enterprise Reporting, Third Place and Honorable Mention, by the Ohio Associated Press organization in 2004; Best Deadline Reporting, Second Place, awarded in 2002 and 2000 by the OSPJ; Best Use of a Public Record, First Place, awarded in 1998 by the OSPJ, and Best Sports Coverage, First Place, given in 1988 by the New York State Newspaper Publishers Association.

He has also worked at The Record in Troy, NY; the Watertown (NY) Daily Times and the Palladium-Times in Oswego, NY. The Associated Press frequently reprints his articles, and distributes them to hundreds of newspapers worldwide. His coverage and critical analysis of the Bush-Kerry presidential election have been hailed by officials with both campaigns as insightful and portions of articles he's written appear on the candidates' Web sites. His reporting on the presidential campaign received praise by the prestigious Columbia Journalism Review and the National Journal.

David has appeared as a guest on numerous radio programs on stations in Cleveland, San Francisco, Boston, Des Moines, Cincinnati, Albany, Akron, Youngstown, Dayton, and Florence, Ky. He is a semi-regular guest on WKBN-AM radio in Youngstown, one of the largest stations in northeast Ohio. He has been featured on CNN's Burden of Proof, Voice of America, and National Public Radio's On the Media, and has been quoted by Salon.com and Kiplinger Forecasts.

Dave resides in Austintown, Ohio, with his wife, Elise, and his two daughters, Spencer and Logan.

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The Phantom of the Ring: Senior Writer

The Phantom of the Ring is pro wrestling's most insightful, literate and respected historian. He began his career at the ground breaking magazine Wrestling Eye in the mid-eighties and was the first columnist in a major newstand wrestling publication to break kayfabe (ie. tell the truth about pro wrestling). In so doing, he angered many old school promoters and wrestlers, and became a legend in the process.

He was a regular columnist for Wrestling Forum and Ringside Reflector in the late '80s and early '90s, wrote a column for WOW magazine for a few years, and is also a contributor to ProWrestlingDaily.Com

The Phantom of the Ring joined Wrestling Perspective in 1991 and he shares the history of pro wrestling in a lively and thoughtful manner in every issue that will make you look at pro wrestling in a different light.

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Bill "Potshot" Kunkel: Contributing Writer

An important figure in wrestling journalism, Kunkel joined Wrestling Perspective in 1993. Something of renaissance man, he co-published Main Event magazine from 1974 - 1975, and co-hosted the Main Event Radio Show in New York City during the same time frame, both with longtime associate Arnie Katz.

A one time contributor to Pro Wrestling Torch, Kunkel was voted that publication's top columnist two years in a row and, following in the footsteps of Mr. Mike, also became a force in satirical wrestling cartoons. He is also a contributor to ProWrestlingDaily.Com.

Along with Katz, Kunkel co-designed the first electronic wrestling simulation licensed from an actual promotion, MLSA's WWF Wrestling in the mid-eighties. Kunkel co-hosted WrestleTalk, a Las Vegas radio show from 1989 - 1991 with Ric Carter and Mike Tenay. One of the most gifted writers ever to grace the newsletter scene, Kunkel is known for his biting satire and quick wit. He's also very funny. His cartoons are a regular feature of Wrestling Perspective.

Bill Kunkel passed away on Sunday, September 4, 2011. We will forever miss him.

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