Reclaiming Forgotten Memories with FOREVER Video
Since FOREVER Video launched on August 8, memory-keeping at FOREVER has gone to a new level. In the past two weeks, over 50 thousand videos have been stored with FOREVER.com. These videos range from brief clips captured on smart phones to family videos that have been stored - and, in many cases, unwatched - for dozens of years.
FOREVER Ambassador Karen Bowser was thrilled to hear about the release of FOREVER Video because she finally has a place to securely store one of her most treasured family memories.
Ten years ago, Karen received a reel-to-reel video from her mother. She was unable to view it for many years because she did not have anywhere to play a reel-to-reel. After sending it to the FOREVER Media Conversion Center to be digitized, she was able to view it for the first time. "I cried through it!" Karen exclaimed. Now, it will be preserved for generations on FOREVER.com. Later, Karen's daughter took the precious video and with it created a touching Mother's Day gift.
Karen's full story can be seen in the heartfelt interview below. You can also watch the interview here on FOREVER.com.
"I had a reel-to-reel given to me by my mother about ten years ago, and I had no idea that it had even existed. When she gave it to me, I had nothing to play an old reel-to-reel. So, I sent it away to FOREVER to be converted. When I got it back, I just cried through it!
"My parents were young, my grandparents were young, I was the baby in their arms...I sent it to my kids, and they wanted to know who those certain people were. They didn't know my grandparents when they were young.
"Another really special thing that happened was that my daughter took this particular reel-to-reel video, and for Mother's Day last year she made a video of me and what I meant to her using those clips of me as a baby. That's one of the things after today that I want to upload as a video - what she made for me, because it really meant a lot.
"FOREVER means that my my photos and my stories are going to the next generation and the next generation. That is important to me."
Karen's children, grandchildren, and beyond can watch this video in FOREVER.com for generations to come!
At FOREVER, we believe in providing a safe, private, and permanent place for videos, photos, and documents. There are many options for online photo and video storage, but none of these options offer the permanence, privacy, or reliability necessary to create a truly safe and secure ‘permanent digital home’ for individuals and families. People need the ability to easily organize their memories, share them securely, and save them for generations, and FOREVER is meeting this need for the first time in human history.