A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006. Now a Popeye's fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from November 30, 2019
“A scared nickel never made a dime” (business adage)

“Scared money never wins” is an old gambling adage. “A scared nickel never made a dime” is a business adage. If someone is unwilling to risk a little, then one won’t win a lot.

“‘A scared nickel never made a dime,’ Merle Robbins, a barber from Reading, told his daughter-in-law, Kathy” was printed in the Cincinnati (OH) Enquirer on August 17, 1980. Merle Robbins (1911-1984) created the card game UNO.


Newspapers.com
17 August 1980, Cincinnati (OH) Enquirer, pg. H-1, col. 1:
BECOMING NUMBERO UNO
A few years back, Merle Robbins was a Reading barber who liked to play cards with his family. Now he is the creator of one of the most popular games around—Uno.
By DONNA VONDERHAAR
Their patent lawyer told them the odds were 40,000-to-1 against their invention ever getting off the ground and in the black.

Their manufacturer wanted $8,000 up front.

“A scared nickel never made a dime,” Merle Robbins, a barber from Reading, told his daughter-in-law, Kathy.

Newspapers.com
15 November 1996, Cincinnati (OH) Enquirer, “Making the Big Deal: UNO, the world’s best-selling card game, was created 25 years ago on a dining room table in Reading” by John Johnston, pg. E7, col. 5:
Sis says Merle like to remind her that “a scared nickel never made a dime.”

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Don Cummins
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You need to take risks in life. A scared nickel never made a dime, and a scared pussy never got any. ~Dan Cummins wisdom of the day~
8:41 PM · Mar 10, 2014·Twitter for Android

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A scared nickel never made a dime
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A scared nickel never made a dime
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Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityWork/Businesses • Saturday, November 30, 2019 • Permalink