By  on April 27, 2012

This reporter has attended most of the National Association of Chain Drug Store Annual meetings since 1984. In those days, it was an opulent affair. Men wore tuxedos and women gowns to the opening Saturday night top executive dinner (a Judith Leiber handbag was the gift one year — I stupidly gave it to a friend).

There were hundreds of drugstore chains in attendance such as Peoples, Gray, Revco and Longs — names now gone from the landscape. The mood was always jovial and although some chains competed against each other, they were friendly foes and shared ideas. Revlon even had two nights for its luxurious dinner (held at locales such as the Ritz Carlton and Mar-a-Lago) to find room for all the chains.

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