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No. 213: Celebrating suffrage, a cool Harry Chapin flick and vote your favorite craft brewery

TG it’s Friday: Hope you’re wrapping up a great week. Today’s May 5, on which Mary Kies became the first woman awarded a patent, this in 1809, for the weaving process joining straw and silk thread to make hats. Still time to buy a boater: May 15 is straw hat day. Monday marks the 72nd anniversary of the end of World War II combat in Europe. Please find a moment to reflect. (It’s a national holiday…


No. 212: Hofstra winners, EPA facts and Ralph’s been working on the railroad, all the live long day

Happy Tuesday: Hope your Month of Three Milkings, as May was once known, is off to a great start. Welcome new readers Marvin, JP, Nene, Peter and 5639Chrome. Glad to have you aboard. Birth date is perhaps the only thing The Rock, the Red Baron and Donatella Versace have in common. And big congrats to Hofstra students Jacob Hochendoner, Louis DeVito and Adam Hussain, whose startup LegalSoft placed third in the statewide collegiate business plan contest. But…


No. 211: Real facts, a robotic dog and cloning the Star Trek tricorder

It’s Friday out there: Looking back, April was not the cruelest month. Pretty wet, though. The 2 millionth American patent was issued this week in 1935. It went to automotive engineer Joseph Ledwinka for a wheel design. Classic car enthusiasts remember Ledwinka as the designer of the 1929 Ruxton, the first front-wheel-drive American car. (Four still known to exist.) Happy birthday Alice Waters. But first, this: Collect enough data, the saying goes, and you can…


No. 2010: Best frites, a carbon milestone and Aaron Foss has a million hangups

TG it’s T: A happy Tuesday, everybody and welcome new readers Rich, Kellie, Brian, Ian, T and asgardempire89. Happy to have you aboard. Today is April 25, on which in 1850 German entrepreneur Paul Julius von Reuter launched his financial news empire using carrier pigeons, which were significantly faster than the local trains. Among other firsts, the service broke the Lincoln assassination story on the Continent. It’s now part of information behemoth Thomson Reuters. Happy birthday:…


No. 209: Morey, Saulle, Fortunoff, Melvin and Bergman. Oh, and Tuesday.

It’s Friday out there: The last week of April is nigh upon us, leaving scant days to wrap up your celebration of National Welding Month. Please butt, corner and lap responsibly. Not really related: Members of Boston’s elite Weld family like to joke that they didn’t arrive on the Mayflower – they sent servants over on it to get the cottage ready. Most famous Weld you’ve likely heard of: NYC-born actress Tuesday Weld, a third cousin…


No. 208: Post-holiday meatloaf, best NY biz spots and a sweet-talking vending machine named Vicki

TG it’s T: A great Tuesday, everybody, and hope you made the most of the holiday break. Join us in a warm Innovate welcome to new readers Julianna, Tom, Jeff, Surabhi, MeiLin, Audrey, Barney, Barbara, our great lost friend Tommy who resurfaced in Florida, Katy, Bitadzus, N. Roberts, Ashlyn and Zomorua. Glad to have you all aboard. What to do with the leftovers: Horseradish meatloaf. Mmmm. Now that you’re back at work: Friday’s newsletter was a good one….


No. 207: Molecular Orbitals, Scooby Doo and why small business doesn’t like full employment

TG it’s F: A great Friday, everybody. If you’re an observant Christian, enjoy your collations. Howard Taft became the first president to throw out an Opening Day baseball on this date in 1910. Chief execs tossed the ball from their seats until 1984, when Ronald Reagan took to the mound. Bill Clinton was the first president who managed to get a throw all the way to the catcher on the fly. Yikes: Brat Packer Anthony Michael…


No. 206: Huggable robots, a craft beer census and Katy Cole e-discovers herself

Happy Tuesday: You know the traditional Passover plagues – frogs, pestilence, boils, locusts, etc. – but are there modern ones worth adding to the Seder table, asks the NYT. Yes, readers responded, suggesting Alzheimers, opioid addiction and texting while driving. Oh, and let’s not forget the Kardashians. Quickly: You get a lot of nicknames when you’re born with a last name like Kominicki. Commie and Komo, obviously, but also Nick, Nickel and Nickly. In the early ’70s…


No. 205: Farrell Fritz on the move, kudos for Canon and lusting after your digital assistant

TG it’s F: A happy Friday, gentle readers, and hope you’ve been keeping your powder dry. It’s National Beer Day, which celebrates the passage of 1933’s Cullen-Harrison Act permitting the sale of 3.2% alcoholic beverages during Prohibition. As FDR quipped upon signing the measure: “I think this would be a good time for a beer.” Happy birthday Peter Curry and Clark Gillies. RIP, Don “Mr. Warmth” Rickles. Good luck with all that: Innovate supporter Farrell Fritz starts…


No. 204: $40K Hofstra challenge, Mojo Workin’ and a border wall deadline

Happy Tuesday, everybody: And welcome new readers, including Vinny, Barry, Andrew, Brian, Gavin and Jim. Happy Birthday Debra Halpert and Steve Davies. Also born on this day: Muddy Waters, who took southern bottleneck blues guitar to Chicago, electrified it and went on to inspire everyone from Keith Richards to Eric Clapton and Johnny Winter. Rolling Stone magazine, which, like Richards’ band, took its name from a Waters tune, has billed him as the seventeenth greatest…


No. 203: The future of hemp, spinal implants and thank you, Edwin Binney

TG it’s F: A happy Friday, everybody. It’s National Crayon Day, which honors the achievement of Edwin Binney of Crayola fame. He also invented dustless blackboard chalk and black automobile tires, which before 1910 were white. On the runway: Secretive Luminati Aerospace, which may (or not) be building a solar-powered composite air wing thingee for Google or Facebook, has agreed to buy the former Grumman test facility at Calverton for $40 million. (Meaning somebody somewhere…


No. 202: Top VCs, a secret space plane and technology goes palooza in Westbury

Eadwela Tiwesdaeg: As they used to say in Old English. It’s March 28, on which NYC banker George McCarthy unveiled the Checkograph machine, which used microfilm to record bank transactions. (He later sold out to Kodak.) Eric Carmen did not go all the way: The Raspberries broke up on this day in 1974. Happy birthday Marlene McDonnell and Gwen O’Shea. Welcome new readers Kevin, Denine, Scola, Kate, Kathryn, Gina, Maryann, Teresa, Carla, Tiffany, Jonathan, Lou, Donna, Douglas, Christine,…


No. 201: Saving Shea, eschewing beef and offshore wind makes waves

TG it’s Friday: Happy March 24 everybody, on which Elvis became Pvt. 53310761, Pink Floyd released “Dark Side of the Moon” and the Exxon Valdez ran aground. “Dark Side” remained on the Billboard 200 album chart for 927 weeks. That’s almost eight years. Second longest Billboard 200 album: Johnny Mathis’ greatest hits, at 490 weeks. Number of times Pink Floyd and Johnny Mathis have been mentioned in the same newsletter: This would be it. But first…


No. 200: A med-tech summit, floating turbines and the microwave turns 50 (but careful, it’s listening)

It’s Tuesday out there: Hope your week is off to a great start. It’s March 21, the first day after the equinox, meaning today’s day will be longer than yesterday’s night. Which is nice. Welcome new readers Paul, two Lauras, Linda, Jonathan, Clifford and Gil. If you’re up early enough, we’re gathering at Crest Hollow for the Innovator of the Year awards breakfast. Record crowd, plus science jokes and sticky buns. Come if you can. (But…


No. 199: Top chefs, wicked fast Internet and Allan Cohen is staying put

TG it’s F: Happy Friday, everybody and enjoy the weekend. After celebrating Pi, the Ides and St. Patrick in the same week, you deserve a break. Pop quiz: Which U.S. city has the highest percentage of residents with Irish ancestry? (Answer below. No skipping ahead.) Last chance: The Innovator of the Year awards, Tuesday, March 21, Crest Hollow Country Club, 250 smart people, 40 or so cool companies, awesome sponsors and Mike Faltischek leads a tribute to…