The names Albert Maysles and Thomas Beaumont wouldn‘t ordinarily end up in the same sentence, but YOU could make it happen: The legendary documentarian could be making a short film about the North Bergen school custodian if he wins the “Hardest Working Person in America“ contest.
Judges for the contest, sponsored by a deodorant maker, narrowed a list of 175 contestants — who submitted videos of themselves at work — down to 10.
They included Beaumont, 64, a former shipping clerk who has worked at Robert Fulton School the past six years.
The winner will be announced Sunday.
That means we have less than 48 hours to flood the Mitchum deodorant site with clicks for Tom.
A late surge just might put him over the top.
If you live in or are from North Bergen, it’s difficult to miss the irony: In the cesspool of patronage known as the Board of Education, a guy who actually works his butt off is now in a national contest. Unfortunately, if he wins, you can be sure Mayor Nicholas Sacco will do all he can to try and steal the working-class hero’s limelight.
Beaumont is looking at a $100,000 grand prize and a short film by Maysles (rhymes with “hazels“), now in his 80s, who made the breathtaking Rolling Stones’ concert film, “Gimme Shelter,” with his brother, the late David Maysles.
Beaumont is up against a blacksmith, a fighter pilot, a drill sergeant — and probably one of the hardest-working people on the planet: a mom.
But his wife, Cynthia, thinks he has what it takes, and she helmed a video to prove it:
In it, we learn that Beaumont hauls out 56 bags of garbage and close 168 windows for 14 classrooms — “every day,” as the missus constantly reminds us.
But that’s just for starters.
“Every classroom there’s these ginormous chalkboards,” she says, as he takes his cue. “He has to erase them all and he has to wash them all.”
Then he has to mop and clean the bathrooms. Every hallway must be mopped, every stair swept.
Summertime means moving the desks and chairs, buffing the floors, and putting everything back.
“No air conditioning,” his wife says, narrating the two minutes of footage produced. “It gets to like 110, 120 in here. No air conditioning, no cold water. Nothing at all.
Go to: Mitchum’s Hardest Working and click “I Vote for Thomas Beaumont.”
Even if our custodian doesn’t take home the grand prize, second place fetches $20,000 and third $5,000 — along with a gold stick of Mitchum anti-perspirant.
All in the name of publicity.
“From the rural factories to the city boardrooms, we felt strongly that the Mitchum campaign should celebrate the hard work, sweat and dedication of the men and women in our country and enable them to share their stories,” said Alan T. Ennis, President and CEO of Mitchum’s parent company, Revlon Inc. “The Hardest Working campaign is unique in that the values and qualities of our Mitchum products and brand align with the reality of the American work force. Americans work hard; so does Mitchum.”