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The Palm Beach Post c SECTION Dr- TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 1999 ACCENT New New What do Lisa Marie Presley and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler have in common? What is Madonna's latest fashion statement? And who did Minnie Driver have on her arm Sunday night? Find out in Wednesday's Accent section, as Palm Beach Post staff writer Staci Sturrock files her first report from New York's lineup of spring fashion shows. , York FASHION SHOWS Palm Beach County Living - ami nniJ tim i ii Emily J. Minor Real Life 75-year-old fiddles as Floyd churns "Si o'lk If if Monday morning, as most of South Florida rose and clicked on the Weather Channel and then shuffled around, aimlessly, and made some lists and continued that tired debate with the better-half: Are putting up plywood or not?, 75-year-old Alyce Wilcinski got up and fixed herself a bowl of Raisin Bran. Then she had her coffee and her toast. "What do I have to be afraid of?" she asked. As you and I got the kids out of bed and tried to explain all about the big r-'-'v 1999 AP file photo storm and how its name is Floyd and how it's huge, really huge, and how there could be some horrid, horrid weather coming our way. As we explained calmly, of course how we might lose the big mango tree in the back and the tree house and mav- LN THE Wilcinski Floyd washed out the Backstreet Boys concerts, but we'll help you weather the emotional storm: Pore over our guide to the guys who reign supreme. By Loretta Grantham Palm Beach Post Staff Writer BACKSTREET BOYS Members (from left): Howie Dorough, 26, the "sensitive" one; Nick Carter, 19, the "baby"; Kevin Richardson, 26, the "hunk"; Brian Littrell, 24, the "sweet" one; and A.J. McLean, 21, the "bad boy" Formed: In 1993 by Lou Pearlman, head of Trans Continental, an Orlando-based conglomerate that includes charter planes, a travel agency and Chippendale dancers. Sappy lyric: "From the first day that I saw i your smiling face, honey, I knew that we would be together forever." ' Never Break Your Heart Trivia: Their first gig: Sea World. Then came opening slots for REO Speedwagon and the Village People. Their first single, We've Got It Goin' On, proved otherwise when it peaked at No. 69 on the charts and sank. Quote: "I wish people would realize that we have the goods, and we're legit. We're talented, and we're not some flash in the pan." Richardson in Rolling Stone If Happy Meals were human, they'd be boy bands. Targeted to their audience, cleverly packaged and promoted, and easy to digest. Toss in a teenage girl's insatiable appetite for all things cute, and you've manufactured a marketing dream. Example A The Backstreet Boys' sold-out show tonight and Wednesday (now postponed until Dec. 5 and 6) at the 19,088-seat National Car Rental Center in Fort Lauderdale. (Tickets for tonight will be good Dec. 5; tickets for Wednesday are good Dec. 6.) Example B: West Palm Beach radio station Wild 95.5 (WLDI-FM), which recendy rounded up a handful of young hunks to spoof the Backstreet Boys, right down to their overwrought poses and boytoy roles the "bad boy," the "sensitive one" and so forth. After a name change from Too Wild to Lattitude (as in Latin attitude) and losing one member ("typical boy band Please see BOY BANDS, 4D LATTITUDE be even the back porch that daddy and grandpa built, Alyce Wilcinski threw in a load of laundry. "Well, actually I did two," she said. She changed the sheets on the bed and watched a little television. Her sister called, all nervous and aflutter, and Alyce tried to calm her down. Alyce had some leftover meatloaf for lunch and then she talked to the neighbor across the street. Is that woman 86 or 87? She can never remember. And Alyce tried to persuade her to take cover with her if the big storm remains as big as everyone thinks it will and if it continues to come right this way. "It just never occurred to me to be afraid," Alyce said. - While the majority of South Florida ran about in one rude, anxiety-fueled madcap of a rush, battling long lines at the lumber yard and making panicky decisions right there on the spot: Half-inch plywood or fiveeighths? While we answered telephone calls from our nervous relatives to the north and argued with husbands, or wives, that we should have spent the money for the $3,000 metal hurricane shutters that bolt right into place, Alyce Wilcinski stayed tucked in her tidy little house all day long. She didn't have to go to the store. Not once. She has enough canned goods and candles and batteries and cat food. She has a hurricane lantern and shutters that fasten down. They're more for looks than protection," she says about the Key West-looking shutters that she put down herself. She has gas in the car and cash in her pocketbook and, well, she's just not the kind of person to . . . How should she put this? "I'm not going to go ape," she says. If her husband was still alive, God rest his soul, things might be different. If he were still alive, she might be more afraid about how he would make it through the storm. What would she do if he needed help right as the middle of Floyd was blowing through? "Don't you think that most people, when they worry, they worry about others?" she asks. S Please see MINOR, 4D fS if S i it Members (from left): Danny Rodriquez, 18, the "baby"; former member Micah Moore, 20, the "mysterious" one; Boris Jofre, 20, the "bad boy"; Danny Marques, 23, the "hunk"; June Hernandez, 20, the "sensitive" one; and Kevin Cross, 26, the "clown" Formed: In May by Kevin Cross a DJ for West Palm Beach station Wild 95.5 who set out to spoof bands such as Backstreet Boys and 'N Sync. First called Two Wild, the group morphed into Lattitude, "a combination of Latin and attitude." The problem with these guys," Cross jokes, "is that they actually have talent." (Cross plays the triangle "we're the only boy band with a triangle" and provides "sexy voice-overs like Barry White.") Sappy lyric: Well, none so far. The band hasn't cut a demo yet, but two songs have been written one a ballad, the other up-tempo. Stay tuned. (They have, however, crooned a rendition of a 98 song. "You're my sunshine after the rain. You're the cure against my fear and my pain." Because of You) Trivia: Lattitude copied a Backstreet Boys photo in this shot, which was taken in black and white to be "artsy," Cross says. (The reason he does all the talking? "The other members aren't media savvy yet") Quote: "This started out as a joke with Too Wild, but we see real marketability with Lattitude. We realize, though, that we're not going to be the next Beatles." Cross Photo by Greg Ross Studios Film fest bigwigs drop names, pick up $65,000 in bed tax money CP1 ) Thorn Smith ried." Frank Shields, Palm Beach businessman and decent tennis player himself, on the improvement of outgoing son-in-law Andre Agassi since he and Frank's daughter Brooke separated last April. Daddy Shields made the offhand comment as he watched the U.S. Open at one of his favorite hangouts, Dempsey's in Palm Beach. He even brought in an extra TV so patrons at the bar would have better viewing angles. Dempsey's, by the way, has a new manager, Cletus Morrissey, late of the ill-fated Blarney in Palm Beach Gardens and the Palm Beach Tavern. Palm Beacher's will jilts family Still creating a furor, even in death, is Charles Van Rensselaer, former Palm Beach society columnist and member of one of the oldest families in America. Its money was old, too. Very old, like from the 1600s, and some family survivors thought they might see some of it after Charlie departed this earth July 15. Surprise, surprise. He apparently left his oceanfront condo to a married couple who served him as masseur and laundress. The family has a lawyer and is challenging the will, which will likely be. a drawn-out affair. Charlie always did like a gqod scandal. a Feb. 6. And by the way, after some wrangling, Elmore and friends got their money $65,000. Aldas give $5,000 for artists Money was much easier to come by over at the Palm Beach County Cultural Council. But then, the $5,000 gift was in honor of Esther Rosen, the artist from Palm Beach Gardens who loved to paint musicians. She died in May. "Esther was a very rare person, a life-affirming soul who was extremely gifted and very modest," read the note accompanying the donation from Arlene and Alan Alda. It's official, apparently. At last Thursday's meeting of the Tourist Development Council, representatives of the Palm Beach International Film Festival led by soft-speaking but hard-driving co-chair George Elmore (he runs Hardrives) made their pitch for bed tax money. To sweeten the deal, they mentioned that the guest list would include actor Tommy Lee Jones (named in this column Aug. 24) and director William Friedkin. His credits include 77e Exorcist, The French Connection and most recently for TV, a remake of 12 Angry Men. The festival is moving from April to Feb. 4-13, with the , awards gala at the Kravis Center The money will go to the Cultural Council's $600,000 endowment fund to help artists in need. The fund's official kickoff is Oct. 1- Andre aces with Brooke's dad "You know, he's playing a lot better now that he's not mar- I. n m In a fctOm i

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