No. 356: Blacks in golf, women in Johns Hopkins and advanced aerospace manufacturing in Riverhead – thank you, veterans

That's incredible: The hearing loss he suffered as a child gave him strength of character and determination, steering Lou Ferrigno into a life of competitive bodybuilding and acting. Television's original Hulk turns 67 today.

Finishing strong: It’s Friday, dear readers – welcome to the end of another busy week of socioeconomic innovation and related delights.

It’s Nov. 9 out there, and if you had the Jews aiding the Muslims – as charged by Egica, king of the Visigoths, at the Seventeenth Council of Toledo on this date in 694 AD – nice job. A hundred gold solidus for you.

Salute: If today’s the ninth then Sunday’s Nov. 11, when we honor the nation’s military veterans.

For those keeping score, the current oldest living U.S. veteran is Richard Arvin Overton of Texas, who is 112 years, 179 days old today. Overton, gunning for 113 in May, served in the U.S. Army in the South Pacific from 1940 to 1945.

Get to work: In recognition of Sunday’s public holiday, some banks, most schools and nearly all government offices are closed Monday. But don’t feel bad if you have to work – an annual Bloomberg Law survey shows only 19 percent of employers offer Veteran’s Day as a paid holiday.

Full fontal: Long before there were dingbats, Times New Roman and all those sans-serif options, there was George Bruce, an American industrialist who earned the first design patent for printing typefaces on this date in 1842.

That was actually for the first design patent issued in the United States, after the new form of patent (as opposed to a utility patent) was authorized by an Act of Congress.

Page-turner: Happy anniversary to The Atlantic, the literature/current affairs multimedia publisher that debuted (in print) as The Atlantic Monthly on this date in 1857.

Black and white: The Professional Golfers Association eliminated its “Caucasians-only” rule on Nov. 9, 1961, permitting the first black professional golfers.

On that same day, U.S. Air Force Major Robert White became the first pilot to fly faster than Mach 6 when he put the hammer down in his X-15 hypersonic rocketplane.

The man of your dreams: And happy birthday, Freddy Krueger – Wes Craven’s horror classic “A Nightmare on Elm Street” premiered on this date in 1984.

Lady’s first: Real-life people born on Nov. 9 include Florence Sabin (1871-1953), the first female graduate of Johns Hopkins University, its first female faculty member and the first female lifetime member of the National Academy of Sciences.

Also born on this date were American manufacturer Gail Borden (1801-1874), who condensed milk; Hedy Lamarr (1914-2000), who acted in movies and invented radio-guidance systems for WWII torpedoes; and American astronomer Carl Sagan (1934-1996), who explored the cosmos.

Green with envy: And take a bow, Lou Ferrigno – the original “Incredible Hulk” turns 67 today.

And you thought the election was over: With all precincts reporting, Innovate LI projects a tie in our reader poll determining the all-time greatest female rocker, with several write-in candidates – including Patti Smith, Bonnie Raitt and Chrissie Hynde – rocking the vote. (It’s Hynde “hands down!” says Kingsborough Community College’s Kathryn Giamo).

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Wind instruments: Long Island’s county executives are praising Albany’s call for offshore wind projects generating 800 megawatts or more of renewable electricity, a big step toward New York’s first substantial offshore wind-development contracts and an ambitious reach toward the state’s ultimate goal of 2,400 megawatts generated annually by 2030.

Freshly re-minted Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday issued a comprehensive solicitation through which the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority will seek new projects, marking “an important new chapter” in the New York Offshore Wind Master Plan, crafted over three years through a gale of stakeholder, agency and public input.

Both Nassau County Executive Laura Curran and Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone were understandably pleased. Curran trumpeted “a huge step for Long Island and New York on our mission to build a clean-energy economy,” while Bellone commended the governor’s “unwavering commitment to a clean-energy climate.” Citizens Campaign for the Environment exec Adrienne Esposito was also jazzed, calling the “historic commitment” a “legacy that all New Yorkers will be proud of.”

The hardest working man in show biz: Congratulations to old friend Brian Fried, one of Innovate LI’s original Innovators of the Year (vintage 2015) and the new executive director of the United Inventors Association of America.

Calling him an “invention expert and thought leader,” the UIA appointed Fried as its new exec effective this month. The innovator – who founded the Nassau and Suffolk chapters of the Long Island Inventors and Entrepreneurs Club before handing the reins to Farmingdale State College’s Small Business Development Center – will be the public face of the national 501(c)3 nonprofit and its primary liaison to inventor groups across the country.

UIA President Warren Tuttle championed Fried’s “terrific reputation,” burnished during a 15-year career as a product inventor, mentor, author and home-shopping mainstay, and as the founder of Inventor Smart, a consultancy that helps tinkerers go pro. “[Fried] will reflect our group’s passion, ethics and purpose,” Tuttle noted. “This is the core of what makes the UIA such a unique entity within the inventor community.”



Plane dealer: The Town of Riverhead has finally green-stamped a $40 million land deal that could bring a new era of aerospace manufacturing to Long Island.

Imitation innovation: Following the successful lead of other Long Island colleges, Garden City’s Adelphi University is creating its first-ever Innovation Center.

Ecstatic metastatic: Long Island’s inaugural Metastatic Breast Cancer Conference will unite a plethora of top docs this weekend at the Zucker School of Medicine.



Huntington and waste-to-power pro Covanta re-up, Albany helps Island Harvest fatten up and Stony Brook University finally MART-ens up.



A vote for optimism: After reviewing the midterm elections, Forbes predicts a bright future for the national innovation economy.  

Keep it real: Muting the melodrama, Fortune counts 25 ways artificial intelligence is actually changing business.

Broad strokes: Newsday reports on Broadcom, which this week completed its acquisition of Long Island-born CA Technologies and is already swinging the ax.



+ Peter Scaminaci has been named executive vice president and chief administrative officer of the Rockville Centre-based Mercy Medical Center. Scaminaci will also remain in his job as EVP/CAO of St. Joseph Hospital in Bethpage. Both hospitals are members of Catholic Health Services.

+ Larisa Kagan has been hired as an accounting specialist at Jericho-based E&I Cooperative Services. She was a client fees manager at WellLife Network in Flushing.

+ Robert Auletta has been hired as chief of staff at Uniondale-based Summit Security Services. He was previously a U.S. Army captain stationed in Germany.

+ Daniel Antenor has been hired as a brokerage and advisory manager at Woodbury-based Vanderbilt Financial Group. He was formerly a chief compliance officer at East Hills-based MassMutual Financial Group.

+ Alton Byrd has been elected to the Old Westbury College Foundation Board of Trustees. Byrd is vice president of business operations for the Long Island Nets.



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Calculating effort: How one AI-enabled education platform is helping children (and adults) outthink America’s declining math skills.

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