WESTCHESTER, NY (BRAIN)—Stuart John Meyers, who owned and published the industry’s oldest trade magazine, American Bicyclist, has died. He was 83.
Meyers was well known in the industry. He was a master craftsman, a talented flute player, a graduate of Columbia University and world traveler who spoke excellent French.
Meyer’s father, David, acquired the magazine in the 1920s. The League of American Bicyclists now holds title to the magazine. The Meyers family published it for more than 75 years.
It originally had been launched in the early 1900s, recalled Bill Quinn, the former publisher of Bicycle Business Journal. Quinn, now in his 90s, knew Meyers well as the two competed for years for trade advertising in the industry.
“When it came to publishing, Stuart could hold his own,” said Quinn, who notified Bicycle Retailer of Meyers’ passing. “He earned many awards of excellence and he was recognized by everyone in the industry,” Quinn wrote in a note. “Stu’s main interest was travel. And if a bike show was anywhere in the West, Europe or Asia, Stu was there,” Quinn recalled.
Meyers’ brother, Warren, who delivered a moving eulogy at the funeral, remembered Stuart as his hero. “To begin with, Stuart was my idol and my hero from the moment of my earliest childhood memories. I purely and simply worshipped him,” he said. Meyers is survived by a sister-in-law, Pamela Myers and his longtime loving companion, Barbara Meredith.
For more on the life of Stu Meyers be sure to read the April 15 issue of Bicycle Retailer and Industry News.