Ray Schultz started his reporting career in the Navy, where he attained the rank of Journalist Third Class. After discharge, having experienced a political conversion, he moved to Manhattan and began writing for the underground press. His work appeared in the East Village Other, Berkeley Barb, New York Free Press, Soho Weekly News and other titles. In 1972, he covered two murder trials—those of the Harlem Four and the Rogue Cop William Phillips. The latter article was published in the New York Times Magazine. That same year, Ray collaborated with Dean Latimer on Junkhead Jones, an Archie Comics parody that appeared in the National Lampoon and resulted in a lawsuit against the Lampoon. During this period, Ray also wrote for High Times and a host of men’s magazines, including Swank, Cavalier and Screw. In 1981, he also started freelancing for DM News, a newspaper covering direct marketing. In 1983, he joined the paper full-time, and in 1986 was named editor. After eight years in that slot, he moved to Cowles Business Media and became editor of Direct magazine. With Hershel Sarbin, he created Direct Newsline, an early online news daily, and went on to establish a strong digital presence for Direct with webinars and several email newsletters. He has written two books: The Havana Kid–In the Ring and On the Ropes With Boxing’s Greatest Journeyman: Angel Robinson Garcia; and Dear Friend—The Rascals, Rogues and Roués Who Made American Junk Mail. He is married to the designer Andrea Koeppel.
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