By creating a whole new class of literature, pseudofiction, Creative Memories clinched the 2015 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. As dramatized in the short story, Our Promise, Creative Memories has made historically accurate information fictional by implying that information was true long after that ceased to be the case.
In this story, Creative Memories uses a time traveling accelerated aging chamber to go back in time to conduct product tests with equipment they no longer own. They also try to stop the digital photography revolution from taking place, but that proves impossible since the driving force for digital was just to strong. In conversations with this author, Creative Memories President Mark Lerud indicated that he was trying to create an alternate reality where everyone used traditional scrapbook photo albums and no one made digital photo books.
Lerud also stated that he might spend the $15,000 prize that comes with the PEN/Faulkner Award on product testing and that he was looking forward to reading excerpts from Creative Memories material at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC later this month.
The original story, Our Promise, is also available in PDF Format.
November 12, 2015: Creative Memories cannot do extreme temperature testing, adhesive bleed tests, Sutherland rub, seem strength tests, slot strength, and material identification. They sold their environmental chambers and do not have the MTS tester shown in product and process testing. Some of the other tests and equipment I am not sure about.
No one except CM can conduct seem strength and slot strength tests since Creative Memories manufactures these products. Also, adhesive tests require the adhesive and CM paper, so they cannot be conducted by anyone else. CM’s wording in every section is “Specific tests we conduct include:” It does not say “specific tests conducted by others.” I just want CM to be honest about what they are doing. It’s the same standard I hold all companies to.