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Mets PR Man/Butt-Dialing Champion Explains Himself to Today

Jay Horowitz, the man who has handled PR duties for the perpetual underdog New York Mets for more than 30 years, received more attention than expected over the past week thanks to his mastery of…the “butt dial.” A Wall Street Journal profile first outed him as “The King of the Accidental Phone Call”, and he showed up on The Today Show this week to make light of his cheeky tendencies:

We like the interview, though we would have loved an irreverent comment or two from one of our own favorite interview subjects, Al Roker (check out his Mediabistro clip!).

Horowitz also got some flack last week for tweeting an incorrect fact about his beloved Mets. The team’s last 20-game winner was R.A. Dickey, not Frank Viola. We still feel like everyone should cut the guy a break. He’s been loyal to a fault — and he uses a BlackBerry. Come on now.

Check out his original Wall Street Journal interview after the jump:

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Men’s Fashion Finesse on the Event Stage

Awards shows aren’t the only venues where one can make a fashion statement. While conferences don’t feature red carpet entrances, the corporate event stage still represents a prime occasion for speakers to display their sense of style.

With more attention being paid to female executives’ wardrobes, our focus today is on their male counterparts. A recent New York Times article pointed to the rise in men’s fitted suits, but colorful accessories or footwear can also attract notice. Nowadays, almost anything to draw the audience’s gaze towards the stage instead of their mobile devices amounts to a good strategy.

We’ve compiled six examples based on New York-based events we’ve covered this year at which some element of the presenters’ attire was as buzzworthy as their performances.

Well Suited: Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane (left) sported a gray suit during an Internet Week talk in June. We couldn’t help but think that since Brad Pitt portrayed him in the movie Moneyball, he’s always got to look his best in public (though the actor himself seems to have stopped trying).

Pumpkin Power: Nothing conveys leadership like a bright crewneck sweater, since hoodies now are cliché. That must have been Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt’s view when he wore an orange pullover to an October appearance at the 92Y. As his interviewer, Kara Swisher, remarked, “By the way, I’ve got to tell you that you rock in that pumpkin [colored] sweater!”

In Mufti: Former (and perhaps future) TV show host/sportscaster Keith Olbermann wore blue sneakers to an April evening event at the Paley Center for Media. Sneakers were a smart choice that day, since he filed a lawsuit against Current TV, his former employer, then attended a New York Mets game and appeared later at the Paley Center. When you’re so busy, you need comfortable footwear.

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