Sunday, May 24, 2020

The Real Story of Minky's Bicycle Shops in Chicago.

Seymour (Shim) Nimerov (born in 1917) opened Minky's Hobby & Sports Store at 3330-32 West Roosevelt Road in 1938. Shim incorporated as "Seymour Nimerov & Company," but he did business (dba) as "Minky's Hobby & Sports Store."
Seymour Nimerov WWII Navy Draft Card.
Milton Nimerov WWII Navy Draft Card.
Proof to debunk that Minky owned the Minky's Bicycle shops. Shim thought 'Minky' had a memorable 'ring' to it. Eve Nimerov Obituary, Chicago Tribune, October 6, 1997, Seymour's Wife.
Milton (Minky) Nimerov (born in 1915) was Shim's older brother and Shim thought the name 'Minky' was catchy and would be easily remembered. Besides bicycles, they sold sporting goods, hobby crafts, toys, and were a Lionel train dealer too.
Oil painting of Minky's Hobby & Sports Store at 3330-32 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago.
Sent to me by Shim's Granddaughter, Denise Kase-Nabat.
Shim was the business owner, Minky took care of new bicycle assembly and mechanical repairs, and Charley Nimerov assisted Shim in the sales and management of the Roosevelt Road store.
Minky's Hobby & Sports Store, 3330-32 West Roosevelt Road, Chicago, Illinois
Left to right: Unknown, Minky, Shim, Charley (the brother who helped Minky run the Roosevelt Road store).
Shim advertised to purchase stamps collections.
Minky advertised to purchase stamps collections.
Chicago Tribune, January 16, 1944.
Shim opened a second store, Minky's Bicycles & Toy Store at 2834 West Devon Avenue around 1954.
Minky's Bicycles, 2834 West Devon Avenue, Chicago, Illinois
Chicago Tribune Ad, February 24, 1958.
Bicycles were shipped in boxes and assembled at the dealerships. Many bike shops around the country had their own head badges and would replace the manufacturers head badge with their own.
Chicago Tribune Ad, May 29, 1958.
Minky's on Roosevelt Road was burned to the ground during the Chicago riots in 1968. On April 5, 1968, violence sparked because of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., on the West side of Chicago, gradually expanding to consume a 28-block stretch of West Madison Street and leading to additional fire damage on Roosevelt Road. The riot was finally contained on April 7, 1968.
Chicago Tribune Ad, June 9, 1968
Chicago Tribune Ad October 7, 1972.
Minky's Devon Avenue store was closed when Shim died in 1983Seymour Nimerov is buried at Waldheim Cemetery in Forest Park, Illinois. 
Milton Nimerov died 26 years after his brother Seymour. Wouldn't you think that if Minky really owned the Bicycle shop, it would have remained open for some time longer? 

By Neil Gale, Ph.D.

NOTE: Minky's son, David Nimerov has maliciously lied about his dad, Milton Nimerov, being the owner of Minky's and has done so for years, as he must have thought there was no proof of ownership still in existence. But after talking to some of Shim's family, I did a deep dive to find out the truth.

During my written conversations with David Nimerov, he made these statements to me: "My Dad Milton Minky Nimerov [was the owner]. Shim was his younger brother and the salesperson." "There’s a reason the stores were named Minky’s Bicycles." "If I recall, my dad did give Eve [Shim's wife] $3,000 to walk away."

I don't know why he felt it necessary to propagate these lies for so many years. Perhaps just to be spiteful towards Shim's family. In my book, David's claiming Minky was the owner is like a person claiming to have served in the military but never did. Unlike both Seymour and Milton who served in WWII. That's called "Stolen Valor!" 

I ousted David to set the record straight. David is still lying and it's just plain wrong. It's hurtful to his own family too, which I have had personal contact with. 

In Yiddish, David is called a Schmuck!

Seymour Nimerov's immediate family has read this article and condones this information in the above note I wrote. 

I really dislike it when people besmirch someone's reputation with unsubstantiated accusations, hearsay, rumors, or lies! 

If you don't have PROOF — Don't say it! 

How would you like it if false accusations about one of your parents, aunts, uncles, brothers, or sisters were perpetuated, as a fact, over and over, from people that never even stepped foot in their business or met them? I thought so! You'd make every attempt to knock-down those lies!

Secondly, most of you that had actually been inside Minky's didn't know who was who and believed you were speaking to Minky when you were really talking to his brother Shim (Seymour Nimerov) who wore a toupee you couldn't help but notice. Minky worked in the back of the shop, assembling new bicycles and repairing customer's bikes. Shim, a hefty man, worked in the front of the store in sales and service. So you probably never saw Minky.

Not just any Bicycle shop could sell Schwinn bicycles. Schwinn vetted every dealership for their financial standing, sales, reputation, and mechanical abilities. 

Moreover, the nickname "Stinky Minky" — was because Minky smoked big, fat, smelly cigars and not because of all the "crook" rumors.
There is enough crap, enough misinformation, and enough lies on Facebook already. My folks knew Minkey and Shim. My Dad and Minky were in the same graduating class in Marshall High School. My Dad, an Optometrist, was Minky's eye doctor.

I've heard so many "hear-say" stories since the 1960s about Minky's, but NOBODY has ever provided any proof... no police reports... why? Because it's B.S., that's why!

Okay, folks, now its time for a TRUE story...
In my history group, the posts about Minky's get members all riled up. One guy claimed, and swore to it, that Minky stole his bike, and he saw it in Minky's Bicycle shop, himself, with the stickers he put on the frame still on the bike that was now in front for sale. I asked him why his parents didn't call the police to report his stolen bike? After I pressed for an answer along with some other members, he couldn't figure out a good answer, and thus, being embarrassed, he removed himself from the group. All a lie!

Think about this folks; If Minky's was trafficking in stolen merchandise, do you really think they would just put it in the shop as is, without cleaning it up first? Really? Even thieves with an IQ as low as 30, knows they need to fence their merchandise to a third party so they don't get caught.

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