My *NSYNC Story: Liz
Today is the 13th anniversary of the second time that I met *NSYNC. This and yesterday (aka the 13th anniversary of the first time I met *NSYNC) have become canonical holidays in my life. I don’t think there will ever be a day when I wake up on August 6 and 7 and not remember where I was those fateful days in 1999.
While my experiences with *NSYNC weren’t unique in any way, shape or form – I’m sure a million girls can say they went to a Meet & Greet – they were incredibly personal.
Those days made me realize that we aren’t talking about massive celebrities on this site — we’re talking about human beings who had the time of their lives as a group. They weren’t stuck up, they weren’t rude – they were normal guys.
They respected each and every fan enough to say hello and allow us to chat about various topics from what they should do while they were in Chicago, to their appearance at the Kellogg’s International Head Quarters the week before. They even called out the girls screaming answers during the Q&A session in a polite way and made sure those asking questions felt special and like their question mattered above no other. When someone asked “What’s the name of your new album?” and three girls yelled “NO STRINGS ATTACHED!” Justin looked pointedly at the woman who asked and said “And would you like to know WHY it’s called No Strings Attached?” He included her conspiratorially to show her that he appreciated the question even if those three girls already knew the answer.
August 7, though, holds a special place in my life. At that point meeting the guys was old hat – spoken like a truly with it 12 year old who obviously had all of the life experiences necessary to become best friends with her idols – and we ruled the line at the Meet & Greet telling girls who were hyperventilating to calm down and enjoy the moment. And then, as I made my way to the front of the line and handed my CD case to the first member to sign, he looked up and said “Ah, we meet again my sweet.”
And from that moment, I was hooked. There was no way that *NSYNC would ever leave my system. There is no way that I will never hope for a reunion tour. There is no way that I will ever not support these five men in all that they do.
They are class acts. While I’m under no impression that the man who called me his “sweet” when I was 12 would ever remember me were I to run into him on the street, that moment made me feel like I was their only fan in the world.
So thank you Justin, JC, Joey, Lance and Chris for playing such an important role in my life. I’m glad I can finally start giving back by helping to keep other Superfans informed 13 years later!