No. 286: ‘King Kong’ lives, Janam Tech muscles up and Sammy Chu bites off more than … actually, he can definitely handle it

Today is your day: Your mountain is waiting, birthday boy Theodor Geisel, so get on your way!

Welcome to Friday: You’ve done it again, readers and friends – another week of socioeconomic progress in the books, another weekend earned.

It was also a Friday, 56 years ago tonight, on March 2, 1962, when Wilt “The Stilt” Chamberlain set the NBA’s unassailable single-game scoring record, pouring in a phenomenal 100 points for the Philadelphia Warriors in a 169-147 win over the New York Knicks.

And that’s without the Nike endorsement: Speaking of record-setting sports achievements, on this date in 1927, Babe Ruth and the New York Yankees (naturally) signed what was, at the time, the richest contract in baseball history.

The Babe would earn $70,000 per year.

For comparison: Freshly minted Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton, as per the 13-year, $325 million deal he signed in 2014 with the Miami Marlins, earns $154,000 per game.

Today you are You, that is truer than true: Happy birthday this March 2 to Theodor “Dr. Seuss” Geisel (1904-1991). There is no one alive who is Youer than You.

Weights, and the measure of a man: Happy anniversary to the U.S. Weights and Measures system, standardized by the U.S. Congress this date in 1799, and goodbye to U.S. slavery, banned by Congress this date in 1807 (effective Jan. 1, 1808).

And: Original movie monster “King Kong” debuted 85 years ago today, at Radio City Music Hall.

Was there a character limit? Trump has Twitter, but Napoleon had the semaphore machine, unveiled March 2, 1791, by French innovator Claude Chappe, who conceived an alphabet of visual signals, conveyed via spyglasses and towers with pivoting shutters, set five to 20 miles apart. Bonaparte used the breakthrough tech, way faster than post riders, to great effect.

Social call: Do you think Napoleon also used the semaphore to trash his cabinet? Discuss at, or just say hi, or make our weekend complete with a juicy story tip.



Recruitment hack: With an eye on enlisting future IT professionals, members of Northwell Health’s Information Technology Department participated last month in Hack@CEWIT 2018: IoT & Security, a three-day hackathon held at Stony Brook University’s Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology.

Vish Anantraman, a medical doctor and chief innovation architect of the New Hyde Park-based health system, led a team of Northwell Health IT specialists in scouting talent among the 175 interdisciplinary SBU students showcasing their computer-building skills in a 43-hour marathon of Application Programming Interfaces and data extracts.

In addition to giving the recruiters “a direct peek into their talent,” the visit allowed the health system officials to introduce students to the world of innovation at the heart of Northwell Health. “We have big and important tech operations here, with over 1,700 people working in IT,” Anantraman noted. “Innovation is part of our DNA.”

Found link: LinkedIn Local, a series of meet-and-greets that help members of the business-focused social media network meet the people behind the profiles, is coming to Long Island.

According to Port Washington-based social media consultant and event organizer Beth Granger, LinkedIn Local Long Island – presented in part by event sponsor LaunchPad Huntington and public relations sponsor LCH Communications, with American Business Associates President Ellen Volpe slated as guest speaker – will be packed with networking opportunities and guided activities designed to familiarize participants with the other Long Island-based attendees.

The first Island-based LinkedIn Local is slated to kick off at 6:30 p.m. March 28 at LaunchPad Huntington. Ticket prices, registration and more information all available here.


A few words from our sponsor: The Long Island Business Development Council has helped build the regional economy for nearly 50 years by bringing together government economic-development officials, developers, financial experts and others for education, debate and networking.



Unbreakable spirit: Woodbury’s Janam Technologies continues to rewrite the book on rugged wireless communications with the release of its tough-as-nails XT100 mobile computer.

So, when does he sleep? Sammy Chu, already chairman of the LI chapter of the USGBC and vice-chair of the Suffolk County Planning Commission, is the new CEO of Plainview’s Edgewise Energy.

Big van on campus: San Francisco ride-sharing pioneer Uber has inked a three-year contract to become the “official ride of the Stony Brook Seawolves.”

Max effort: Port Washington-based industrial-tech distributor Systemax rode a hot fourth quarter to hurtle past $1.2 billion in fiscal-year 2017 revenues.



Adelphi University has a new provost, Howard Schneider has a “fake news” vaccine and Intelligent Product Solutions has lots to celebrate after 10 successful years.



End of the tunnel? Elected officials, environmentalists and commercial fisherman gathered this week to blast proposals for a cross-Long Island Sound tunnel.

Brotherly love: With a park of green lawns and redwood trees, Philadelphia is taking its first steps on the road to becoming a life-sciences and technology-innovation hub.

Huffing and puffing: Looking to make up ground in offshore wind, GE Renewable Energy has unveiled a 12-megawatt turbine designed to blow away other commercial wind-power systems – and a $400 million plan to commercialize it by 2022.

Can’t buy you love: A new study finds different salary levels can affect our day-to-day satisfaction – but at some point, increasing salaries bring decreasing returns for our emotional wellbeing.



+ Patricia Janco-Tupper and Becky Creavin have been named senior vice presidents and investment counselors at Capital Group Private Client Services, working directly with high-net-worth individuals and families and nonprofit foundations. Prior to joining Capital Group, the two-woman team worked together at Wells Fargo Private Bank, Deutsche Bank Private Bank and Citi Private Bank. Janco-Tupper received a bachelor’s degree from Fairfield University; Creavin received an MBA from NYU Stern and a bachelor’s degree from Duke University. The duo is affiliated with several not-for- profits, including the Nassau County Museum of Art, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Island Harvest, North Shore Family Guidance and WEDLI.

+ Lindsay Ekizian was named public relations manager of United Cerebral Palsy of Long Island in Hauppauge. She previously held a development role for Spirit’s Promise Equine Rescue.

+ David Angelo has been hired by The Rochlin Organization in Melville to help coordinate its Long Island industrial leasing and sales efforts. Angelo previously owned and sold electronic manufacturing firm Multiline Technology.

+ Melville-based Canon Solutions America, a wholly owned subsidiary of Canon USA, has announced three promotions: Toyo Kuwamura has ascended from president and CEO to chairman and CEO; Peter Kowalczuk has been promoted from executive vice president and general manager to president; and Francis McMahon was elevated from vice president to executive vice president of production print solutions.

+ Eric Stern has been named partner at Kaufman Dolowich & Voluck. Based in the law firm’s Woodbury headquarters, Stern focuses his practice on insurance coverage.

+ Ron Spencer has joined Port Washington-based Victrola as chief operating officer. Spencer previously filled that role for BestSelf Co., Vector Smart Watch and Bulova.

+ Joseph Aliano Jr. was promoted to director of food and nutritional services at John T. Mather Memorial Hospital in Port Jefferson. He previously was assistant director of food and nutritional services.

+ Scott Williams has been appointed chief financial officer for Northport-based Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk. He was most recently a consultant and CFO at Bailey Lane in Uniontown, Pa.

+ Rebecca Liu was welcomed as project manager at George W. Combs, a home-remodeling and construction firm with offices in Huntington and Southampton. Liu was previously a designer at Manhasset design firm The Breakfast Room.



Leg up: A Deer Park-based innovator has planted Legaseeds, an “interactive and collaborative experience” that creates permanent online memorials for the dearly departed.

Good for them: Nothing for Long Island or NYC, where the bands are already quite broad, but Albany has announced another $225 million in funding through Round 3 of the New NY Broadband Program, which spreads high-speed Internet connectivity upstate.

Golden years, tarnished: With a cost of living estimated at 30.1 percent higher than the national average, New York is one of the 10 worst states for retirement, according to

Play it again: Vintage vinyl and modern functionality combine for a one-of-a-kind gramophone objet d’art.

The search continues: Still no sign of “free news.” We’ll keep looking. Meanwhile, please support the great organizations that support Innovate LI, like the LIBDC.