No: 352: Patented Jackson, an opioid offensive and a photon finish for hackers (plus candy and pie for all!)

Patented leather: Meeting the general requirements for a patent – must be patentable subject, new, non-obvious and useful – Michael Jackson received U.S. Patent No. 5,255,452 for his "Anti-Gravity Illusion Shoes" on Oct. 26, 1993.

Makes cents: Welcome to Friday, dear readers, and the end of another busy workweek on Long Island and around the world.

As Friday is a common payday for many workers, let’s have a round of applause for President Harry Truman, who on this date in 1949 raised the U.S. minimum wage to 75 cents per hour. See? Your paycheck looks better already.

Make a day of it: It’s Oct. 26 out there, and to our readers in Jammu and Kashmir – India’s northernmost state, and yes, it’s one state – a joyous Accession Day. In the Republic of Nauru, enjoy your Angam Day celebration (sort of like homecoming for the Micronesian island nation).

Here in the States, it’s National Pumpkin Day. Let the chunking begin!

OK by us: Today also marks the 127th anniversary of the real-life Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, featuring Doc Holliday, the Earps, the Clantons and others. Not particularly innovative, though it has inspired plenty of screen adaptations.

Take it for a spin: It wasn’t the first washing machine ever invented, but the rotary washing machine – the first to spin clothes around – was patented on Oct. 26, 1858, by American inventor Hamilton Smith.

Also patented on this date – in 1993, by none other than “King of Pop” Michael Jackson – were the “Smooth Criminal Shoes,” special footwear that could accommodate inserted pegs, allowing Jackson and his dance troupe to achieve the 45-degree lean made famous by the “Smooth Criminal” video. (They used wires in the video, but Jackson invented the shoes to recreate the effect on tour.)

Finding its Voice: The Village Voice, the news and culture newspaper that ceased operations in August, was first published on this date in 1955.

Tru dat: And happy birthday “Doonesbury,” the socially aware comic strip by Garry Trudeau, which debuted in 28 American newspapers on this date in 1970.

Put that in your bowl and crunch it: American industrialist Charles Post (1854-1911), inventor of the breakfast cereal Grape-Nuts and namesake of both the Post Cereal Co. and Long Island’s own C.W. Post College (now known officially as LIU Post), was born on Oct. 26.

So were Italian aeronautics and space-science pioneer Gaetano Crocco (1877-1968), “Queen of Gospel” Mahalia Jackson (1911-1972) and there-is-no-escape “Wheel of Fortune” lifetime prisoner Pat Sajak (born 1946).

They worked for him. His name was Charlie: And take a bow, Jaclyn Smith – the “Charlie’s Angels” original and clothing, furniture and wig designer turns 73 today.

So … Smith? Farrah Fawcett? Kate Jackson? Cheryl Ladd? What about the ladies of the circa-2000 big-screen reboot? Rank your Angels at – and pull a full-on Bosley by slipping in a story lead or calendar suggestion. It’ll be our little secret.


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All’s Wellbridge: Northwell Health and the Engel Burman Group broke ground Thursday on Wellbridge, an ambitious development being billed as “the New York area’s first residential treatment and research center for opioid abuse and other substance-use disorders.”

A joint project of New York State’s largest healthcare provider and the Engel Burman Group – the Garden City-based developer of residential, commercial and assisted-living properties – Wellbridge will ultimately cover a 40-acre campus in the Town of Riverhead’s Hamlet of Calverton. At a projected cost of $90 million, it’s set to feature 80 beds and a “learning laboratory” where researchers can assess the short- and long-term progress of clients, identify new relapse-prevention therapies and study the neurobiological effects of addiction through brain imaging and other cutting-edge neuroscience tools.

The development is also being promoted as “the nation’s first residential addiction treatment and research center connected to a major health system” – and not a moment too soon, according to Northwell Health, which counts 72,000 drug-overdose deaths in the country in 2017, including 500 on Long Island.

Taking the Lead: New York State will award nearly $1 million to Suffolk County Community College, one of three winners in the latest round of Albany’s Energy to Lead Competition, which challenges New York colleges and universities to develop plans for local clean-energy projects on their campuses and in their communities.

The Selden school – which will implement net-zero energy components during construction of its new Renewable Energy & STEM Center, including solar energy systems and “ground-source heat pumps” – joins the University of Rochester and the Rochester Institute of Technology as winners in this round of the semiannual competition. Previous winners include Bard College, SUNY University at Buffalo and SUNY Broome Community College, with each school snagging roughly $1 million.

Suffolk County Community College’s efforts are expected to eliminate about 227 metric tons of greenhouse-gas emissions annually – proof-positive that SCCC is “committed to advancing and demonstrating clean-energy and innovative initiatives on campus, in the classroom and in our communities,” according to College President Shaun McKay.



Quantum of solace: Take comfort, digital networkers – a crack team of Stony Brook University quantum-memory experts is gearing up to battle 21st century hackers.

Race to the top: Long Island’s first-ever pitch night exclusively for minority entrepreneurs attempts to shine a light on an untapped innovation resource.

The beginning of the Enzo: Farmingdale’s Enzo Biochem had a tough fiscal year – but several promising developments have the life-sciences ace thinking big.



The Sands man at Stony Brook Medicine, SUNY-Old Westbury in unexplored enrollment waters and Intelligent Product Solutions at the sports desk.



Favoring the bold: finds inspiration in the biggest risk-taking entrepreneurs of 2018, from Elon Musk to General Motors to Chance the Rapper.

Trumping innovation, once again: Forbes explains how the Trump administration’s new drug-pricing strategy hamstrings American innovation.

The people have spoken: Newsday checks in with 24,000 regional employees to rank Long Island’s top workplaces.



+ Lisa Vaccaro has been appointed to the Northeast advisory board of Medford-based Canine Companions for Independence. She is of counsel concentrating in the areas of finance and corporate law at Uniondale-based Farrell Fritz.

+ Kevin Mulligan has been hired as an executive consultant and business-development manager at Mineola-based McBride Consulting & Business Development Group. He previously served as director of business development for Sidney Bowne & Sons LLP.

+ Stephen LaMagna has been named to the board of directors of the Hempstead-based EAC Network. He’s a founding partner of Garden City-based Martello & LaMagna.

+ Greg Freedman has been hired as special counsel in general liability at Garden City-based Goldberg Segalla. He was previously staff counsel at National General Insurance in Garden City.

+ Ahmad Abdelaziz has been hired as an associate in no-fault law and litigation at Lake Success-based Russell Friedman Law Group. He was previously an associate at Melville-based Bryan L. Salamone & Associates.

+ Gregg Kligman has been hired as an associate in employment law at Garden City-based Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein. He was previously an associate at Fox Rothschild in Manhattan.



Baked good: Because pie makes everything better, these bakers are lifting their communities with some positive slices of life.

Sweet science: Because nobody likes everything, BuzzFeed breaks down the art of post-Halloween candy-trading.

Old tricks: Because society doesn’t have bigger things to worry about, some states have put legal age limits on trick-or-treaters.

New treats: Because we still can’t find this elusive “free news,” please remember to support the great firms that support Innovate LI, including EisnerAmper (why, yes … that is Steve Kreit’s firm!).