My Memory Catcher Launch Event
A big happy success!
On September 23, 1962, Keri Gee Semmelman took her first step after months of crawling. On the heels of that same historic week – yet this time four decades later on October 1, 2009 - Keri Gee is stepping out again…this time to launch My Memory Catcher, a “happiness historian” business to help busy parents, their relatives, and other individuals to capture the happiest recent moments of their lives.
A crowd of more than 50 community leaders, educators, family matriarchs and patriarchs, and colleagues gathered at the Bower’s Kidseum in Santa Ana, California, for the historic launch. Attendees experienced first-hand how that process of remembering, retelling, and reliving beloved stories increases their happiness and heard Semmelman explain the need for her unique business, which she created as part of PRIDEA, her Huntington Beach-based public relations consulting company.
Amid the air of nostalgia was the participation of special celebrity Mary Ann King, whom guests remembered fondly as Miss Mary Ann, the hostess of TV’s Romper Room from 1966-1976. The remainder of the evening was also a trip down Memory Lane, complete with classic children’s music and age-old treats like Ding Dongs and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, in which guests shared their fondest and funniest childhood memories, causing 126 outbursts of laughter (yes, they kept track since laughter is a key channel to happiness). Semmelman also honored her father as a master storyteller who inspired her vision to launch such a business.
“In good times and bad, we can all benefit from good news and the increased happiness that comes with it,” Semmelman said. “My goal is to make people even more aware that good news is all around them every day and to use their positive memories to reduce stress and heighten their fun and happiness. It sure is an anecdote for the bad news dominating the headlines.”
As Miss Mary Ann exclaimed to a captivated crowed, “The things children do, do you remember them, and do they still make you smile? Well, that’s the brilliance behind My Memory Catcher. Keri Gee and her team will inspire you to key into your children even more to help you preserve your memories so you don’t ever forget them.”
While My Memory Catcher’s main focus is on capturing the adorable things children say and do, Semmelman has seen a rise in inquiries from people who want her to capture the cute and adorable things their pets, spouses, and other loved ones say and do – adding credence to Semmelman’s firm belief that amid these trying times, My Memory Catcher is exactly what people need right now and forever.