NEW YORK CITY - Morris (Tiny) Weintraub, who cofounded VENDING TIMES in 1962, died here in late October. He was 86.
Tiny entered the vending industry as a bench technician after serving as an engineer officer with the 10th Armored Division of Gen. Patton's Third Army during World War II. During campaigns in 1944-45, he won the Bronze Star, Silver Star and Purple Heart decorations.
Recalled to the colors during the Korean Conflict, Tiny resumed his involvement in vending as an operator after the ceasefire. He later was named executive director of several New York area trade groups. One was the New York Vending Association, which he led into National Automatic Merchandising Association state council affiliation as the New York State Automatic Vending Association.
Perceiving that the "street" side of the business was being overlooked during the early days of the full-line revolution, Tiny saw the need for a new publication. He and the late Victor H. Lavay, another World War II veteran with a strong trade magazine background, established a corporation to publish VENDING TIMES.
Always an advocate of innovation, common sense and high standards in vending, Tiny became well-known for his regular "Tiny Talks" feature in VT, and he was a frequent speaker at industry events.
On the 50th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge (December-January, 1944), Tiny was among surviving veterans interviewed for an ABC-TV 20-20 news retrospective. His vivid and moving memories are still remembered by those who watched that program.
Tiny sold his interest in VENDING TIMES to an employee stock ownership trust in the mid-1990s, but remained a strong industry voice through a pioneering Internet publishing venture, tinytalksvending.com, later acquired by Blue World Inc. (Elmsford, NY).
Tiny is survived by his wife, Selma, whom he married while preparing for the invasion of North Africa in 1942; sons Allen and Floyd; daughters Connee and Amy; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.