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 this 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.

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



1 - Stan the Man

2 - Nothing crazy here, boy

3 - The job I almost never had

4 - Donald Gottheimer: the self-made man

5 - D&B Wholesale warehouse

6 - Carmella

7 - Carmella's World

8 - Stanley's World

9 - Music Man Stan

10 - Donald's Ambition

11 - On the Road -- at last

12 - John Charles Telson III

13 - Donald's Dream Warehouse

14 - Gary

15 - Cliff O'Neil

16 - Isolation and Rebellion

17 - Night Shift

18 - Love Bites

19 - Aftermath

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