About the Cosmic Staffers Project: We are actively soliciting photos, fliers, and associated media concerning former staffers at the Cosmic Aeroplane. A host of talented writers, artists, performers, and entrepreneurs came and went through the back doors as the public thronged the front.
Lisa Versteeg worked at the counters of the Cosmic Aeroplane, Blue Boutique, and her own shop Gaia.
The Cosmic Aeroplane attracted young people interested in alternative lifestyles and new cultural movements throughout the store’s history.
Read an online PDF of the article : HERE
Lisa’s modeling ability led to some memorable advertisements:
Deja Vu! Lisa repeatedly altered the color of her hair, but here’s the original platinum picture where she was pushing fashion accessories like pin-backed buttons from the musical scenes of the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s:
Versteeg played bass for a Rock band named Shot In The Dark:
Shot In The Dark shared stages with acts like Psychedelic Furs and Siouxie & The Banshees as they gigged around the Intermountain West:
This video was shot in performance at The Barb Wire:
Lisa’s paste-ups and collages were reproduced and distributed via commercial print shop methods throughout Shot In The Dark’s range of venues. They could be on screamingly bright paper, tastefully colored paper, or simple black and white on plain paper:
Another pair of examples — besides using actual pictures of herself, Lisa would let the audience’s imagination work as to who was who (and by whom) on the posters.
Concerts at the Salt Lake Indian Center
Brad Collins, later of Raunch Records, and a major connection between the Cosmic Aeroplane and KRCL, promoted Punk and Rock concerts at the Salt Lake Indian Center on 13th South in between his many other jobs.
Shot In The Dark played at the Salt Lake Indian Center many times:
Versteeg created a variety of artistic images:
As a model, Lisa created very compelling photographs, as she proved in many an advertising campaign:
When Tony Martinez started his own business, as many ex-Cosmic staffers did, Lisa chose to go with her “Boutique” boss, worked many hours up front, as she did before, and became de facto spokesmodel for this very successful franchise during its first decade:
Lisa was later co-owner and manager, in partnership with her sister, of the alternative clothing and art shop Gaia, located on Third South between Third and Fourth East:
Cosmic thanks to Lisa V. for sharing her personal primary sources from these times.
Please contact the Blogmeister if you wish to share any of Lisa’s own posters for Shot In The Dark gigs, the widely-distributed Blue Boutique ads, or more photos of this wonderful lady! (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Contributions Always Wanted!