No. 443: On Ken Morrelly, the LIREDC’s highest hopes, Sputnik and the Queen of the Damned

Voice chat: Get a handle on National CB Radio Day, held every Oct. 4 since 1978 to recognize the FCC's multifaceted Citizens Band, which first flipped its switch back in 1945.


Ten-four, good buddy: Breaker, breaker, dear readers, and thanks for having your ears on as we keep the left door closed, put the hammer down and speed toward another well-earned weekend.

It’s Friday out there, Oct. 4 to be precise, which of course means it’s 10-4 and National CB Radio Day, first proclaimed in 1978 by President Jimmy Carter to salute the Citizen Band as an emergency resource and to honor enthusiasts.

Shell game: It’s Taco Friday. Celebrate responsibly.

Off the air: Non-enthusiasts can take their pick from a wide range of Oct. 4 holidays – today is National Golf Lovers Day, National Taco Day, National Vodka Day, World Animal Day, World Smile Day and, in Sweden, Kanelbullens dag (literally, “The Cinnamon Bun’s Day”).

About time: Dutch scientist Christiaan Huygens patented the first pocket watch on this date in 1656.

Other protections attached to Oct. 4 include a U.S. patent issued one year ago today to Spanish geneticist Bernardus Baerends, covering a modified multi-leaf spinach plant.

Put on your best face: Work began on South Dakota’s Mount Rushmore national monument on this date in 1927.

The efforts of sculptor Gutzon Borglum – depicting beloved U.S. Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt – would continue for more than a dozen years.

Showing their spunk-nik: It was this date in 1957 when the Soviet Union took an early lead in the Space Race, launching Sputnik – the first manmade satellite – into Earth orbit.

Recalculating: Speaking of spunk, on that same day – Oct. 4, 1957 – two Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory scientists tracking the Soviet launch realized they could predict Sputnik’s orbit by analyzing its shifting radio signals, thereby taking the earliest steps toward modern Global Positioning System technology.

Real blast: SpaceShipOne breaks the surly bonds.

One for the books: It was this date in 2004 when SpaceShipOne, the first nongovernmental-crewed spacecraft, completed its third successful suborbital flight and claimed the $10 million Ansari X Prize for private spaceflight.

Springing Leaks: And it was Oct. 4, 2006, when Australian editor, publisher and hacker Julian Assange – currently incarcerated at Her Majesty’s Prison Belmarsh in Thamesmead, London – launched Wikileaks in Iceland.

Natural intelligence: American physicist and innovator John Atanasoff (1903-1995) – the “father of the computer,” credited with inventing the first electronic digital computer more than 70 years ago – would be 116 years old today.

Immortal: Anne Rice, vampire slayer.

Also born on Oct. 4 were Scottish physician James Lind (1716-1794), who investigated sick sailors and pioneered naval hygiene; 19th U.S. President Rutherford Hayes (1822-1893); American journalist and author Damon Runyon (1880-1946); British epidemiologist Alice Stewart (1906-2002), who blew the whistle on the negative health effects of X-rays and other low-dose radiation; commanding Hollywood legend Charlton Heston (1923-2008); and Chinese astrophysicist and micro-publishing magnate Hong-Yee Chiu (born 1932).

Lestat, but not least: And take a bow, Anne Rice – the multifaceted American master of vampire fiction, Christian history and erotic literature turns 78 today.

Wish these and all the other Oct. 4 innovators a happy birthday at, where we love to sink our teeth into story tips and calendar items.


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Machine man: ULC Robotics President Robert Kodadek.

Kodadek moment: Automaton ace ULC Robotics has reached into its ranks and plucked a new president.

The Hauppauge-based technology firm, which specializes in robotic solutions for the energy and utility industries, has promoted Robert Kodadek to president. The new head honcho, who officially moved up the ladder late this summer, served previously as chief technology officer, leading a team of 40 project managers, sensor scientists, software and firmware developers and electrical and mechanical engineers in the development of new robotic technologies to help client companies operate more efficiently.

Kodadek, who joined ULC Robotics in 2009, noted “extraordinary momentum” at the Hauppauge company, while founder and CEO Gregory Penza credited much of that to the new president. “Rob has been instrumental to our success and rapid growth over the years,” Penza said. “He is uniquely qualified to lead our continued growth.”

Green going: The New York State Department of Transportation has kicked off a $16.2 million project that will complete the last section of the Ocean Parkway Coastal Greenway Shared Use Path.

Connecting Nassau County’s Town of Oyster Bay and Suffolk County’s towns of Babylon and Islip, the new path is designed to enhance safety for cyclists, walkers, runners and skaters while promoting “green transportation” and “attract[ing] people to the natural beauty of beaches and state parks on Long Island,” according to the governor’s office.

The final leg – a 10-mile extension – will include hundreds of new plantings, shaded rest spots, informational plaques detailing local history and a smooth asphalt surface compliant with Americans With Disabilities Act standards, among other safety protocols and creature comforts. “The pathway along Ocean Parkway provides our residents with a great recreational experience, as well as a safe, unique way to travel one of our state’s most picturesque areas,” noted Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino.



One of the greats: A decade after his untimely passing, remembering C. Kenneth Morrelly, a true giant of Long Island socioeconomics.

Been there, won that: Five-time “top performer” Long Island goes for the gold, again, in Albany’s latest Regional Economic Development Council competition.

AVANT guard: A Chicago-based global distributor will assist the worldwide expansion of a Garden City IT-services ace.



Tackling teen depression at Stony Brook University, improving electronic records at Northwell Health and barking up a new tree at the SBDC.



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

From Texas: McKinney-based remote healthcare services provider MyTelemedicine earns critical LegitScript certification.

From Colorado: Denver-based app-maker Chizell targets health, finance and career with a new web solution (mobile coming soon).

From Arizona: Phoenix-based healthcare marketer/educator R3 Stem Cell rings the bell for its regenerative medicine “master class.”



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