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No. 135: Ballpoints, life of Ferguson and a shot at Ali’s art

TG it’s F: A great end of the week, everybody. Hungarian brothers Laszlo and Gyorgy Biro patented the ballpoint pen on this day in 1943. A French company called Bic bought them out in 1950. It’s also National Iced Tea Day, a major holiday for Long Island’s Kyle Chandler. Big numbers: Former Suffolk IDA director Bruce Ferguson has been honored with the NYS Economic Development Council’s lifetime achievement award. Ferguson held the post for almost 30 years and led…


No. 134: Park-ins, mood bands and meet Ground Force One

It’s Monday out there: A great start to the week everybody and welcome new readers Jim, Sue, Cheri, Howard, Deb, Mike and Dawn. Today is the 72nd anniversary of D-Day, on which the Allies landed 160,000 troops in France. The American numbers that day: 1,465 killed, 3,184 wounded, 1,928 missing and 26 captured. Richard Hollingshead opened the first park-in (later drive-in) movie theater on Crescent Avenue in Camden, N.J. in 1933. His patent was overturned…


No. 133: South Shore wind, loving NY and why stoners have bad gums

TG it’s F: A great end to the short week, everybody. It’s June 3, on which human genes were first synthesized, Gemini 4 launched and the Stones kicked off their first U.S. tour. (Bobby Goldsboro opened. Really.) Anderson Cooper is 49, Raul Castro celebras 85. Little firms on campus: Stony Brook University trotted out its first incubator showcase, featuring 40+ startups, top researchers and selected electeds. (We spotted a few IP attorneys, too.) A blow to fossil fuels: The Interior Department…


No. 132: Innovator ’16, towering connectivity and AT&T wants out

Bon weekend: A happy Memorial Day break, everybody. Don’t forget to give a moment of thanks to the 1.3 million American service members who died so we are free to grill, beach and airshow. The Innovate staff is taking a breather, too, so no Monday newsletter. Looking for winners: It’s time to get the ball rolling on the 2016 Innovator of the Year awards. We’re seeking standouts in software, health and the life sciences, clean…


No. 131: Connected jackets, human flypaper and playing it safe in Rio

It’s Monday again: A great start to the week everybody and welcome new readers Doug, Gib, Peter, Diana, Andy and Carl. It’s May 23, on which Bonnie & Clyde did their Thelma & Louise, Joltin’ Joe hit three in a row and the Who gave us Tommy. Jeopardy champ Ken Jennings is 42. Top of the site: Meet Huntington Station’s American Culture, a personal care products maker that almost answered the siren call. (Sirens, these days, being other…


No. 130: Meh job growth, more breaks for brewers and a ringtone concerto

TG it’s F: A great Friday everybody, and welcome new sponsor SUNY Old Westbury. It’s National Endangered Species Day. Let’s celebrate by not killing anything. Also, Hubble sent back its first shots from space on this day in 1990. Cher is 70. We’ll miss you, Morley Safer. Working on it: Long Island will get $2.8 million in federal money to help unemployed residents get back to work. As a start, the Labor Department will hire 29 full-time…


No. 129: Big bonds, gym drinks and how autonomous cars can save suburbia

And we’re off: A great start to the week everybody and welcome new readers Allon, Lisa, Chad, Richard, Pete, Mark, Patrick and Dom. Hughes engineer Ted Maiman fired up the first laser on this day in 1960. His paper on the device was turned down by the journal Physical Review Letters. Happy Birthday, Katherine Heaviside and Pierce Brosnan. Title III of the JOBS Act takes effect today, allowing just about anyone to back a startup. He’s thirsty: Hofstra student-entrepreneur Allon Avgi,…


No. 128: Spider cloth, the top tech city and Abcombi goes Canuck

TG it’s F: A happy May 13, on which Sikorsky flew the first four-engine plane, Mickey hit No. 500 and Churchill offered his blood, toil, tears and sweat. BS&T dropped the toil to open for Moby Grape at NYC’s Cafe Au Go Go in 1967. Colbert is 52. Sum rise: NY Green Bank, the state’s clean-gen funding arm, has closed four deals that it says will leverage $220 million. None here, but there were nice words included about LI’s…


No. 127: Lesko speaks, a maker summit and an Aussie beer you may want to pass on

It’s Monday: A great start to the week everybody and welcome new readers, including Ben, Ross, Stephen, Bill, John, Pam, Michelle, Glenn, Rosanna, Michael, James, Chris and Lucy. It’s May 9, on which the Germans surrendered, Mad Magazine was launched and the Beatles released “Let It Be.” The Piano Man is 67. The Debrief: Innovate’s Gregory Zeller checks in with Hofstra dean Mark Lesko as he co-helms the Accelerate NY Seed Fund, a $6 million+ effort to move…


No. 126: A hot new currency, a cool trailer and good-bye to the Bin Laden note

TG it’s F: A great end to an interesting week, everybody. It’s May 6, on which the Hindenburg exploded into “Oh the humanity” flames, John Steinbeck won the Pulitzer for “Grapes of Wrath” and Gary Hart said he didn’t do it. (He had, of course.) Making rounds: Charles Schleien has been appointed executive director of Cohen Children’s Medical Center, succeeding Kevin McGeachy, who moves up to senior vice president of strategic alliances at Northwell Health. Speaking of which:…


No. 125: Smoked in Albany, the new TiVo and a weasel takes out Higgs Boson

It’s Monday out there: A great start to the week and a shout out to new readers, including Ed, Jason, Fayellen, Liz, Tom and the crowd at Boz. Welcome aboard and, collectively, don’t forget to send us tips, story ideas, gripes, quips, corrections and criticisms to editor@innovateli.com. Honus Wagner stole second, third and home in the same inning on this day in 1909. Forty players have accomplished the feat a total of 50 times, the last by…


No. 124: Buzz Corry, oyster surveillance and age-defying gin

TG it’s F: A happy end of the week to everyone, especially those who remember Space Patrol, the 1950s TV show chronicling the 30th-century adventures of Commander Buzz Corry and his faithful sidekick Cadet Happy as they battled galactic bad guys who, interestingly, all had German or Russian accents. An experimental 3D episode – a television first – aired on this day in 1953. Zuzfinally: Zuznow, a Start-Up NY import from Israel whose software can turn your web…


No. 123: Income sharing, good news sells and dropping by Don Draper’s

It’s Monday again: Happy start o’ the week everybody and welcome new readers Peggy, Jean, two more Roberts and a Syd. Great to have you aboard. Enjoy the weather – the Island got three inches of snow on this day in 1875. Apple should kick in: The FBI said it paid $1.3 million to crack into the San Bernadino terrorist’s iPhone, where it found nothing of significance. Here’s something, maybe: Purdue has teamed up with…


No. 122: Uber movies, living forever and a self-playing bass guitar

TG it’s F: Happy Friday everybody. It’s the 46th running of Earth Day, the largest secular observation on the planet. The Yankees added pinstripes to their uniforms on this day in 1915. Frampton’s 66, Nicholson’s 79 and you don’t even want to ask about Bettie Page. Bathroom’s down the hall: Home-sharing service Airbnb announced it has nearly 1,400 hosts on Long Island, with rooms averaging $254 per night and a typical stay of 3.6 nights. Water Mill hosts…


No. 121: Beer, red sauce, animal crackers and, um, beer

It’s Monday out there: A great start to the week everybody and welcome new readers Lorene, John, Bud, Howard and Chris, plus Larry at his new address. It’s tax day unless you live in Massachusetts and Maine. Also: Nabisco introduced Barnum’s Animals crackers on this day in 1902. The circus wagon packaging was added in time for Christmas that year, with an attached string so boxes could be hung from the tree. The 22-biscuit box…