Somewhere deep in my archives is a pic with boy band 98 Degrees, where you can actually see my cheeks flushed with heat as I'm standing beside the muscular Nick Lachey—who turns 37 today. Alas, I'll be damned if I can find it. (I did manage to locate a picola with group member Jeff Timmons, so be it.)
I wrote several columns for Billboard about 98 Degrees—and these guys were incredibly humble and appreciative. When Nick married Jessica Simpson, I was treated as an ally of their camp; likewise when Nick went solo with "What's Left Of Me," I offered it deserved praise as Single Reviews Editor. Good people.Likewise, a happy 41st birthday to Sandra Denton, better known as Pepa from '90s pop/rap group Satl-N-Pepa.