No. 385: Pigs fly, Adelphi soars, Captain America meets Hitler – and a healthy turn at Bethpage Black

KAPOW! Marvel predecessor Timely Comics' "Captain America No. 1" sold nearly a million copies following its Mar. 1, 1941, debut, setting up one of the art form's most enduring (and patriotic) protagonists.


Weekend update: Welcome to Friday, friends, as we complete another productive workweek and greet another weekend. It’s March 1 out there, already the 60th day of 2019.

Before we dive in, welcome new newsletter subscribers Dean, Judy, Morgan, Brittney, Leo, Brenda, Conan, Leigh, Wei and Harvey. Your timing couldn’t be better, hopping aboard the innovation train on National Beer Day – in Iceland, marking the 1989 end of that country’s prohibition laws.

Don’t mean to boar you: Today also marks the 37th anniversary of National Pig Day, a very real U.S. holiday highlighting the surprisingly intelligent oinkers of the genus Sus, found within the even-toed ungulate family Suidae.

Made census, at the time: Seeking to count up persons in five categories – free white males over 16, free white males under 16, free white females, all other free people and slaves – the first U.S. Census was authorized by President Washington on March 1, 1790.

Conducted in August 1790 across the original 13 states and the districts of Kentucky, Maine, Vermont and what would become Tennessee, the census tabulated a U.S. population of about 3.92 million – or roughly half of the current Long Island population.

Here’s buck in your eye: Speaking of states, happy anniversary Ohio, which became the 17th U.S. state on this date in 1803, and Nebraska, which (mostly) joined the Union on March 1, 1867 (borders would expand later).

Clack-clack-bang! E. Remington and Sons, renowned manufacturer of typewriters and firearms, was founded on March 1, 1873, in upstate New York.

Flash of inspiration: It was this date in 1896 when French physicist Henri Becquerel discovered radioactivity, quite accidentally.

That’s so Harry: Magician Harry Houdini earned a U.S. patent on March 1, 1921, for an underwater diving suit that – wait for it – allowed the diver to easily escape in case of emergency.

The (very) first Avenger: And happy birthday, Cap – Joe Simon and Jack Kirby’s most-iconic comic book hero leapt into action on this date in 1941 in “Captain America No. 1,” famously clocking Hitler on the cover.

Actual flesh-and-blood March 1 birthdays include Polish/French pianist/composer Frederic Chopin (1810-1849); America’s first female FBI agent, Alaska Davidson (1868-1934); American computer scientist Seymour Papert (1928-2016), who invented the Logo programming language; and legendary American bandleader Glenn Miller (1904-1944).

Richie Cunningham on Medicare? And take a bow, Ron Howard – the American actor and director turns 65 today.

Reader Ronald Richards responded to Wednesday’s newsletter with birthday wishes for the great Joanne Woodward. Follow his lead and wish today’s birthday boys and girls well at – and drop off a story tip or calendar item, too, which gives us happy days.


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Iron Gate … west? Congratulations to Southampton-based Iron Gate East, a frequent arranger of art shows throughout the Hamptons and one of the curators selected to contribute to Spring/Break Art Show 2019.

The eighth-annual New York City version of the major-league show (a Los Angeles edition debuted this year) is slated to run March 5-11 at United Nations Plaza, in what was formerly the Finnish and Liberian embassies. Iron Gate East – which has brightened up The Spur, iHampton’s snazzy co-working club, and other regional spaces – is among 80-something curators participating in Spring/Break, which has adopted “Fact and Fiction” as its annual theme.

In an alternative-facts era, the implications are obvious (U.N. Plaza boasts a lovely view of Trump World Tower). But Iron Gate East’s contribution will largely avoid politics, according to curator Kelcey Edwards, whose exhibition, “The Hidden World of Objects,” seeks higher mental ground. “The artists featured in ‘The Hidden World of Objects’ are conducting an investigation into the power of objects to connect us to our most deep-seated sense of personhood,” Edwards notes. “The works of art … investigate this paradoxical power of objects to toggle between the symbolic and literal, the real and ideal.”



Big news from our Awards Department: Innovate Long Island is introducing two new accolades to the mix at our annual cerebral celebration, the 2019 Innovator of the Year Awards, coming this month to Woodbury’s Crest Hollow Country Club.

We’re very proud this year to bestow our first-ever John L. Kominicki Legacy Award – named for our founder, who left quite a legacy himself – to old friend Yacov Shamash, who’s stepping down after 18 years as head of Stony Brook University’s Office of Economic Development.

We’re also handing out our first Young Innovator Awards, recognizing the next next generation, now doing its thing in high school and college. This year’s inaugural winners:

  • Jonathan Preminger, who as a third-year student at Hofstra/Northwell’s Zucker School of Medicine invented the ultraviolet-powered SteriLocker, a patented garment sterilizer
  • Half Hollow Hills High School East junior William Banai, who as a sophomore earned “Top 10 in the World” honors at the 2018 DECA International Career Development Conference
  • Danielle Kelly of the Friends Academy in Locust Valley and Audrey Shine of Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK High School, who teamed up to win the 2018 Spellman HV Electronics Clean Tech Competition

Join us March 26 as we honor 2019 Master of Innovation Mitch Maiman, CEO of Hauppauge-based Intelligent Product Solutions, and two dozen of the region’s brightest inventors, entrepreneurs, researchers and executives. Sponsorship opportunities and registration information for our A-list breakfast networker standing by.



Fore score: Northwell Health is not the Official Healthcare Provider of the 2019 PGA Championship in name only – doctors, nurses and other experts will see action at Bethpage Black.

Enroll with it: Adelphi’s Personalizing the Enrollment Process protocol has earned another prestigious award for the Garden City university.

Don’t be fooled: With fourth-quarter sales and operating income rising sharply, that’s a misleading quarterly net-income drop, notes Port Washington-based Systemax, which actually completed a stellar fiscal year.



Northwell joint replacements to go; Italian battery barons in SBU’s hands; battling opioid addiction with heart.



Innovate LI’s inbox overrunneth with inspirational ideas from all North American corners. This week’s brightest out-of-town innovations:

From Canada, eh? Toronto-based Peraso Technologies puts all its chips on wireless gigabit chipsets and other next-gen WiFi solutions.

From Texas: Austin-based healthy snacker FitJoy bakes up a “first of its kind” grain-free pretzel.

From Illinois: Rolling Meadows-based networking-solutions provider Cambium Networks expands its Express Wi-Fi Technology partnership with Facebook.



+ Peter Armstrong Egan, partner at Jericho-based Nixon Peabody, has been promoted to leader of the firm’s National Health Care Group.

+ Alexander Bateman has been elected chairman of the United Way of Long Island Board of Directors. He’s a partner at Uniondale-based Ruskin Moscou Faltischek.

+ Great Neck-based Zimmerman/Edelson has announced three promotions: former Director of Public Relations Jake Mendlinger is now vice president; former Office Manager Samantha Chillemi-Berenz is now manager of operations and special events; and former Assistant Account Executive Vincent Frazzetto is now associate account executive.

+ David Fryling has been elected national president-elect of the Oklahoma City-based American Choral Directors Association. He’s a professor of music and the director of choral studies at Hofstra University.

+ The Developmental Disabilities Institute in Smithtown has elected three new members to its board of directors: Adam Guttell, principal at Melville-based Jackson Lewis; Kevin Long, senior organizational and executive communications strategist at Setauket-based Green Room Communications; and Cynthia Rosenthal, pediatrician at West Islip-based Good Samaritan Hospital.

+ Jessica Baquet, a partner at Garden City-based Jaspan Schlesinger LLP, has been appointed to the Committee on Character and Fitness for the Second, 10th, 11th and 13th Judicial Districts.



The blind side: More than one-third of all small businesses don’t have a website, according to a baffling poll from creativity aggregator Visual Objects.

The driver’s side: Why autonomous cars aren’t coming soon.

The lighter side (of nuclear proliferation): A 12-year-old built a fusion reactor in his Tennessee playroom.

Side note: Still no sign of “free news,” so please continue supporting the great institutions that support Innovate LI – including NYIT, where a first-ever PhD program is just one of many exciting innovations.