No. 414: New Dots digs, a bigly birthday and Father’s Day funnies – plus servant management, from the top

Birthday toast: The President of the United States turns 73 today.


Don’t know how you do it: But you do it, dear reader, and once more you’ve cleared the hurdles of a busy workweek and earned another springtime respite. Well played.

Free spirit in Malawi.

Let freedom ring: It’s June 14 out there, and to our many readers in Malawi, a very happy (and similarly well-earned) Freedom Day.

Here in the States, June 14 is quite the patriotic date also, bringing both Flag Day – commemorating the 1777 adoption of the first U.S. national flag – and the official birthdate of the U.S. Army.

But who’s counting: It’s also World Blood Donor Day. One donation can save up to three lives, you know.

From our Bavarian desk: Happy anniversary, Munich! Germany’s third-largest city was first recognized in official documents by Henry the Lion, then duke of Saxony and Bavaria, on this date in 1158.

Making a difference: English mathematician, philosopher and engineer Charles Babbage – regaled as the “father of the computer” – first proposed his “difference engine” on this date in 1822 in a Royal Astronomical Society paper.

Babbage ultimately invented the first mechanical computer, an analytical precursor to more complex electronic computers (more on that below).

Eternal flame: German chemist Robert Bunsen invented his namesake burner, a staple of laboratory science, on June 14, 1847.

Rough go: Vermont innovator Isaac Fisher Jr. scored four U.S. patents on this date in 1834, covering his invention “Coating Paper” – known today as sandpaper.

And Massachusetts maker John McTammany earned a patent for his perforated paper “Player for Piano” on June 14, 1881.

Father of innovation: America’s greatest inventor, Thomas Alva Edison, amassed a record 2,332 patents in his lifetime.

Hope you’re sitting down: Doubtlessly shocking regular readers, this date is historically hot for old friend Thomas Edison, who through the years scored 21 U.S. patents on June 14.

That includes six in 1881 covering various electrical inventions (a “Dynamo Electric Machine” among them); 11 in 1892 for inventions ranging from a “Trolley for Electric Railways” to an “Electric-Arc Lamp”; three in 1898, including one for the “Edison Mixer” (for iron ore); and his second-to-last-ever patent, in 1932, for a method of “Production of Molded Articles.”

It didn’t suck: And it was this date in 1951, five years after the introduction of the first electronic computer, when the Remington Rand Corp. officially dedicated the UNIVAC 1, the world’s first commercial computer.

Manufactured specifically for the U.S. Census Bureau, UNIVAC 1 – measuring a tidy 8 feet high, 7 feet wide and 14 1/2 feet long – could add, subtract, multiply, divide, sort, collate, take square and cube roots and transfer 10,000 characters per second to and from magnetic tape.

Cabin pressure: Never a huge hit in the South, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” author Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896) would be 208 today.

Other innovators joining humanity on June 14 include quote-collecting American editor John Bartlett (1820-1905); disease-naming German psychiatrist Alois Alzheimer (1864-1915); bloody good Austrian-American immunologist Karl Landsteiner (1868-1943); and American epidemiologist Edward Hammand (1912-1986), the first to link smoking and lung cancer.

Older … wiser? Either way, take a bow, Donald Trump – the TV personality, Trump Vodka pitchman and 45th president of the United States turns 73 today.

If you feel it in your bones, spur yourself to wish the commander-in-chief well on this 244th birthday of the U.S. Army at Story ideas and calendar items? We salute you.


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Elon Musk: Genius inventor, but not so much with the common sense.

Flame out: From the We Needed a Law For That? file comes New York State Senate Bill S1637, which makes possession of a flamethrower a criminal offense.

Passed 48-13 by the State Senate on June 11 (yes, 13 senators voted against making possession of a flamethrower illegal), the proposed law has a State Assembly companion bill being reviewed by the Assembly’s Codes Committee, last stop before Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s desk. The bills establish the crime of “criminal possession of a flamethrower” as a Class E felony – akin to fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a lesser weapons charge – and reference “a device capable of projecting a stream of burning fuel at least three feet.”

With Elon Musk’s recreational flamethrower hitting the market for a cool $500, New York State Sen. John Brooks (D-Massapequa), who sponsored the Senate bill, called it “a bit of a head-scratcher” that anyone would consider such deadly weapons playthings. “This bill will protect kids, families and neighbors from irresponsible and dangerous ‘play,’” Brooks said Thursday. “Weapons of war do not belong in our backyards.”

Dad jokes: Congratulations to the Melville-based digital agency EGC Group, which has scored a coveted 2019 Telly Award for the “It’s Dad Easy” campaign EGC created for big-time client Canon USA.

“It’s Dad Easy” – created to promote Canon’s hdAlbum EZ V2.0 software, which helps users create photobooks with a smartphone or tablet – won a 2019 Silver Telly Award in the “Products and Services for Social Video” category. According to EGC Group, the video drove 90 percent of Canon USA’s photobook sales and led to 50,000 app downloads, while scoring 49 million impressions in a five-month run on Facebook and Instagram.

Marking their 40th year in 2019, The Telly Awards receive more than 12,000 entries annually from global video-content producers including Netflix, Condé Nast and other major-leaguers – good company, according to EGC Group President Nicole Larrauri. “We pride ourselves on unexpected ideas,” Larrauri noted. “A fun and humorous take felt natural for this campaign, and I believe that is why it was so well-received.”



Well connected: Founder Laurie Carey (center) and her We Connect the Dots crew have a new home.

New connections: A 2012 startup determined to level the STEAM playing field for underserved students has found a new home, and new allies, in Syosset.

Service with a smile: Master of Innovation Mitch Maiman shares why the best managers are servants to their staff.

Bottom-line battle: A healthy haul from two patent-infringement cases softened the blow, but Farmingdale’s Enzo Biochem still scuffled through a tough third quarter.



Long Island stakeholders dive deep into pharma-nutra; Nassau County aims to “Complete Streets” in Hicksville.



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 Drone Delivery Canada Corp. announces 150,000 “drone delivery routes” in partnership with Air Canada.

From Nevada: Reno-based IoT ace Olea Sensor Network introduces a novel guidance system for drones and other autonomous applications.

From California: Los Angeles-based creates an “Airbnb-like storage platform” with residual income potential for LA residents.



Dennis O’Rourke

+ Dennis O’Rourke, a partner at Garden City-based Moritt Hock & Hamroff, has been promoted to chairman of the firm’s Corporate and Securities Group.

+ Josh Lieber has been hired as a commercial lending officer at New York Business Development Corp./The 504 Company in Melville. He previously served as a credit portfolio manager at TD Bank in Melville.

+ Nicholas Tuffarelli has been hired as an associate attorney at Garden City-based Berkman, Henoch, Peterson, Peddy & Fenchel. He previously held the same position at Garden City-based Weinberg Gross & Pergament.

+ Paul Vecker has been hired as president and CEO of Plainview-based Macrolease Corp. He was formerly the chief growth officer at PNC Equipment Finance in Pittsburgh.

+ Peter Tamsen has been elected dean of the Suffolk Academy of Law in Hauppauge, the educational arm of the Suffolk County Bar Association. He is the principal of Bay Shore-based Peter D. Tamsen P.C.

+ Joshua Kesner has been hired as senior vice president, director of commercial card services, at BankUnited in Melville. He formerly was head of market management for Treasury products at Citigroup in Manhattan.

+ Thomas Miller has been promoted to facilities manager at Yaphank-based Brookhaven Rail Terminal. He previously served as the organization’s field manager.



If you can, hug a dad this weekend.

Father figures: Notes, quotes, astronomical oddities and enjoyable eats mark the Old Farmer’s Almanac’s Father’s Day tribute.

Pop culture: From GoViralPop, a rundown of 2019’s coolest Father’s Day gadget gifts.

Dear Dad: A HuffPost classic – a daughter’s loving Father’s Day olive branch to a proud patriarch with an unfortunate Sam Shepard complex.

Parental guidance: With its five decades of experience, nobody nurtures regional innovation and economic growth like the Long Island Business Development Council – one of the amazing organizations that support Innovate LI. Check them out.