I've seen a few posters ask where Howard's nickname "Gunk" came from. Here's a quick rundown: On June 26, 1996, Paul D. Colford, a former radio columnist for Newsday, released the unauthorized Howard Stern biography called King of All Media. Although Howard was consistently accessible during Colford's eight years at Newsday, he would not cooperate with the making of this book -- and he instructed Ben Stern, Mel Karmazin, and a handful of others to remain silent as well. But plenty of Howard's old colleagues did participate, and their interviews, along with the author's thorough and extensive research, are the foundation of this very insightful biography. Here's where Scott Passeser, one of about six friends Howard made at the predominantly white high school he attended from sophomore to senior year, first reveals Howard's nickname: Also on that page are the revelations that Howard: Was observed showering in his underwear after gym class on at least one occasion Sometimes skipped showers completely, and just put on his street clothes over his sweaty body Banged his head into a ceiling light after celebrating a Ping-Pong victory, sending everyone into fits of laughter Was a terrible driver with bad coordination and depth perception, and terrified his passengers Here's what a 17-year-old Gunk looked like: But he went from Gunk to Hunk when it came to his all-Jewish summer camp, Camp Wel-Met. There, he was sexually irresistible, and carried the nickname "Shades of Blue" for his beautiful, rapidly-darting eyes. Believe it or not, that shirtless Adonis with the phallic log, brushing his leg up against his fellow male camper, was actually considered gawky and gunky at high school! The Gunk nickname was even printed in the tabloids four months before Colford's book was released. Howard addressed it on the air on February 20, 1996 -- but only after Robin brought it up first: Robin: You're in the tabloids this week. Howard: ... It was that I was unpopular in high school, and that I was a gunky, gawky guy. Robin: Did anybody call you Gunky? Howard: I told you, the one guy who did was this guy Scott Passeser, for about uh, about a year. And he's the guy who did the interview. Probably just wants to be famous and hear his name. Robin: I was gonna say, "Gunky, I've never heard that before." Howard: It was because he called me that, because we would give each other -- He was the biggest Gunk around! I mean, you know, he was as gunky as they come! The guy was a total loser. Robin: And then he talks about some guy beating you up ... and you offering him a joint?