Step 68 - 80's/90's Nostalgia Stories from Angela, Jennifer, Neda & Noel
First - let's take a minute to be #thankful for no social media in the 90's. This week we hear Angela's Y2K story, We discuss the NSYNC star, hear a Disney story from Jennifer about Joey Fatone, learn about a call that changed Neda's des-ta-naay (from AJ!) as well as a NKOTB lip sync victory, and last hear how Noel was a pretty successful child entrepreneur. So many great 80's/90's stories this week - but we need yours! Be sure to send it to email@example.com!
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Angela’s NYE Y2K
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On the NYE of Y2K I was dating a guy who was in IT for one of the major phone and internet providers in our area. Due to the worries of Y2K he was on call that evening, so we didn't get to do anything special to ring in the New Year going into the new millennium. I was 23 at the time and kind of upset and disappointed not to get to do anything special. Funny thing is that now that I'm 41 staying at home with my husband (not the same guy) is my celebration of choice every NYE.
Jennifer’s Joey Fatone at Disneyland Story
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Good morning ladies! I have some things I’d like to send you but need an address to where they can ship! Some fun stuff I found!
I also have a review for you before I start with my story. Whenever you do the episodes with all the girls they are very hard to listen to. I haven’t been able to finish either one. So much background noise, so many voices. I don’t know but it’s overwhelming and just makes me feel chaotic. I end up feeling anxious and can’t listen. It’s not like that when you have just one guest. Just when there are all 4 or 5 of the girls all talking at once. Not sure if others feel like this too but I just wanted to throw that out there for you.
Ok my Joey Fatone at Disneyland story.
So let me start out by saying I am not a runner at all. Like no part of me is a runner BUT my fiancé and I decided we would run in the Disneyland 10k. It was the Run Disney inaugural Mad Hatter 10k, in 2013. We went in with no training but wanted to do this. Before the running events they have a convention with tons of running related items. At the convention we found out that Joey Fatone and Sean Astin were speaking and running in all the runs. We walked around the area and saw Sean Astin with tons of people gathered around to get pictures and autographs. I wasn’t too interested in him because I was on a mission to find Joey Fatone. I was never a Joey girl (she belonged to my best friend after all) but I was for sure a huge *NSYNCfan, and hey, maybe I’d get a few minutes to tell him about my Connie Catfish story from years ago. We were able to catch a glimpse of Joey a couple of times at the convention but I was never able to get close. So that was a bust. The next morning was our run. Since we weren’t trained we were in the very back corrals and Joey and Sean were somewhere near the front. I had a vision that I’d be able to shoot past everyone and catch up to Joey and run with him while chit chatting. Um. No that didn’t happen. 10k is like 3 miles guys! And did I mention I am not a runner? In fact I have always hated running! But I am a Disney Freak and wanted to be able to say I did it. I didn’t give up, I ran the entire thing and ended up leaving my fiancé in the dust since his asthma made him walk most of the way. The whole time I was on the lookout for Joey but no luck. I finished the race but no sign of Joey. He had probably finished and made it back to him hotel and showered all before I even crossed the finish line. Oh well, I guess it wasn’t meant to be. After cleaning up back at the hotel we went back into the park for the day. I saw a VIP guide escorting Sean Astin and his group. I waved as I passed by. I forgot all about Joey and had a blast in the park. We were passing through Adventure Land when my fiancé says, hey isn’t that the *NSYNC guy over there? I turn and see JoeyFatoneand his wife. Now, I am a super awkward person. Like I overthink conversations constantly. I walk over to where he is with the intent of saying something and I just said JOEY, and hi fived him and kept walking. My fiancé is looking at me like I’m crazy and asked why I didn’t say anything else. Why didn’t for a picture? I played it off like oh I didn’t want to bother him with his family on vacation, but really, I chickened out and went blank. I thought of going back and asking for a picture or a hug but nope, he was gone. So that was my big Joey Fatone encounter. So much for that lol. But I did hi five so that was kinda cool.
Neda’s Backstreet Boys Chance of a Lifetime
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So I thought I would share my Backstreet Boys Story with you guys. Although this happened in 2001 I believe I will have to double check that lol. In high school (while my favorites new kids were on hiatus) I was a huge Backstreet Boys fan and more over an Aj Mclean fan. I had seen them in concert sitting up high in the balcony seats twice before. Me and my best friend would enter every contest to meet them, back then you could now pay for meet and greets so contests were the only way of meeting them.
92.5 FM a local radio station from my hometown of Toronto, CA had a contest were they were giving away 92 cell phones for 92 days, the last being on the day of their concert. Then one of the guys would call one of the 92 phones to invite the fan to meet them backstage. OMG! We and my best friend who was living with me at the time called every morning for 92 days. On the last day, the day of the concert, which also happened to be my best friend birthday, we finally got through and won the last phone.
We were so excited and over the moon. I was in my second year of university at that time and we decided to skip school that day and head downtown to the arena early. So my friend made her best guy friend drive us downtown to pick up the phone and then to the arena. We hung out outside the arena as the radio station showed up and set up a mini stage. They were going to be live for the event outside.
Its about two hours before the concert and now a crowd of about a hundred fans gathered outside and they one of the backstreet boys was going to call the chosen phone. I was a die hard AJ fan and me and my best friend decided who would pick up the phone depending on which of the guys would call. The time comes and it is announced that AJ would be calling the winner live on the radio.
I am hold the phone and it start to ring....I had never owned a phone before and this was one of those massive 5 pound phone from back in the day. All I remember is yelling at my friend how do you pick up how do you pick up? She answered it for me and the convo went as follows:
Aj: How are you?
Neda: Great now!
Aj: Would you like to come join us backstage
Neda: OMG YES!
Aj: How old are you?
Neda: 20 years old
AJ: Uh Oh (because we were one year apart)
AJ: Are you single?
Neda: YES single, willing and able to move!
AJ: Laughs and says ok come see us backstage.
I died. The DJ realized I was in the crowd and asked me to come on stage...I went did an on air interview and then went by the stage waiting for what was next. At this point a mob of girls was coming towards us asking us a million questions, so to protect us they rushed us off to a Hummer. As we sat in the hummer waiting to be taken backstage the mob was banging on the windows and shaking the car.
When we finally got backstage we waited for an hour and then the boys came out for their Black and Blue tour. I could see them as we were waiting on the side. Finally my moment had come.
We walked towards the guys and AJ was first. Unfortunately I never passed him to meet the others as all I had eyes for was him. I grabbed flowers that my friend had received for her birthday from and gave them to him and took off a ring I have had for years and gave that to him as well. He took both hugged me and started to sing an impromptu song thanking me. Aj was very hyper and sweet. While I was talking to him (do not remember a word of that convo) Kevin came up to me and introduced himself, as I had ignored the others lol.
We took a very blurry picture, no digital back then and were taking to our seats for the concert.
One of the best parts of that experience was that the radio station played my phone call with Aj during the song "the call" every time it played on the radio during the instrumental part. I was so embarrassed as all of my co-workers, family and friends kept hearing myself tell AJ I was free willing and able to move.
The next day I saw a picture of the concert in the newspaper which I still have, with him wearing my ring during the show.
Thats my crazy fangirl story. I am so anxious and exciting writing this...takes me right back!
Thank you for letting me share my story. :)
Noel: The Child Entrepreneur
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