Cosmetics Plus Forever
I worked for Cosmetics Plus from June 3, 1974 until I was fired in May 1978
I worked as a truck driver, warehouse man and for a brief time, assistant warehouse manager under a man named Stanley Kalafut, whose passing away in 2010 inspired me to put together the variety of essays I wrote about my time working there.
The bulk of the original collection comes from a 1998 journal recalling those events with several earlier journal entries I wrote starting just after I started college in 1979, and a series of journals I wrote after meeting up with a fellow worker, John Telson, in early 2002.
I have left the inconsistencies alone, although I tend to trust the earlier dated material such as those written in 1981 or 82 to the later material.
In going through old journals, I have discovered other writings that I did in this regard, other versions of the original, and some other aspects of the day to day life – and biographies of the main players I am adding to this site, including contemporary journal entries.
This is not a happy story. I do not come across as a good guy in it, but it is a story of people whose lives came together at a particular time and place, and
How this changed me and them forever.
Some of us went on to live totally different lives than we expected, others remained prisoners of that time, locked into habits we could not escape, and in the end, found that our life is story was written in those years in the dust of Cosmetics Plus, a testimony to hopes and dreams that never materialized.
Barry’s unfulfilled legacy 11b
– Eve of Bogota 11c
– Road work 12a
– Who Telson was 13
a – Tim Holly 13b
– Deadhead 14b
– Another look at Gary 17a
– the man from West Orange pharmacy 18a
– the girls in the outlet 18
b – What do you mean I’m fired?
Barry’s unfulfilled legacy
11b – Eve of Bogota
11c – Road work
12a – Who Telson was
13 a – Tim Holly
13b – Deadhead
14b – Another look at Gary
17a – the man from West Orange pharmacy
18a – the girls in the outlet
18 b – What do you mean I’m fired?