No. 493: On foundations, fellows, foreign tongues – and redemption for your pandemic pantry

Fill 'er up: American boozing has spiked during the lockdown.


Gives us pause: It’s Friday again, dear readers, and while there’s no end in sight to the great 2020 pandemic, the same can’t be said for this latest work-from-home week of socioeconomic innovation.

Yes, that bat: And yes, it’s real.

On blood, and bloodsuckers: It’s April 17 out there – World Hemophilia Day, when bleeding disorders take center stage, and International Bat Appreciation Day, when we give the flying rodents – which are largely insectivores and great pollinators, and almost never vampires in animal form – a little love.

It’s also National Cheeseball Day, so dig in.

Cleaning up: From the Early Wearable Tech File comes Illinois inventor Royal Jackson, who patented his glove-like hand duster on April 17, 1928.

Also patented on this date was the cylinder-and-flatbed printing press, locked up in 1844 by American innovator Robert Hoe.

Cue the roaring lion: Still the gold standard for Hollywood productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios formed on this date in 1924 with the merger of Metro Pictures, Goldwyn Pictures and the Louis B. Mayer Co.

Duck tales: Meanwhile, over at Warner Bros., stalwart cartoon foil Daffy Duck debuted on April 17, 1937, as the objective of “Porky’s Duck Hunt.”

Horse power: The original, and still the best.

Engine of ingenuity: Before the Dodge Challenger, the Chevy Camaro, the Pontiac Firebird and all the rest, the Ford Motor Co. introduced the Mustang – history’s first muscle car – on April 17, 1964.

Gearheads recall the premier pony car, technically a 1965 model, as the “1964 1/2.”

Any landing you can walk away from: And two of aeronautics’ most famous touchdowns occurred on this date – first in 1964 in Ohio, where housewife/pilot Geraldine Mock landed her Cessna Model 180 and completed the first round-the-world solo flight by a woman, then in 1970 in the Pacific Ocean, where the crisis-ridden Apollo 13 mission finally splashed down with all hands safe and sound.

Home base: Abner Doubleday still gloms the glory, but the National Baseball Hall of Fame considers the “father of modern baseball” to be innovator Alexander Cartwright (1820-1892), born 200 years ago today.

Joyce Molyneux: Joyful cook.

Also born on April 17 were dominant Gilded Age financier J.P. Morgan (1837-1913); English earthquake expert Augustus Love (1863-1940), who made discoveries of seismic proportions; English physiologist Ernest Starling (1866-1927), who made prolific contributions to the understanding of bodily functions; English entomologist Vincent Wigglesworth (1899-1994), a big one for insect physiology; and pioneering yachtswoman/international bestselling author Clare Francis (born 1946).

A star is born: And take a bow, Joyce Molyneux – among the first women to receive a prestigious Michelin Star, the cookbook author and major creative force of modern British gastronomy turns 89 today.

Give the chef, the sailor and all the other April 17 innovators your best at Story tips, calendar suggestions and general howdy-do’s always welcome.


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Match, no game: A million-dollar fundraising effort will help provide personal protective equipment for healthcare professionals at Long Island’s last independent community hospital.

Long Island Community Hospital announced Thursday that the Knapp Family COVID-19 Health Crisis Challenge has staked a $500,000 matching grant – made possible by the Knapp-Swezey Foundation, the Island Outreach Foundation and the Gardiner Foundation – to help raise funds for Patchogue-based LICH during the COVID-19 fight. The challenge will match up to a half-million-dollars in private donations, with the funds earmarked for the purchase of critical PPE including masks, gowns and goggles.

Long Island Community Hospital board member Michele Knapp, chairwoman of the Knapp Family COVID-19 Health Crisis Challenge, said after the “devastation” visited upon New York City hospitals, Long Island is next – “a wave is coming and it is unavoidable” – increasing the importance of the LICH fundraiser. “If we do not protect our hospital workers now, sending nurses and doctors without the appropriate armor, we will not be able to respond with confidence to the surge we know is coming,” Knapp added.

Hello fellow: Nada Anid has earned highest honors from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

Chemical reaction: Congratulations to New York Institute of Technology Vice President for Strategic Communications and External Affairs Nada Anid, freshly minted fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

Anid, former longtime dean of New York Tech’s College of Engineering and Computing Sciences, was nominated for the prestigious fellowship by her peers and elected by the AIChE Board of Directors. Fellowships, the highest grade of AIChE membership, require a minimum 25 years of professional experience and a record of significant accomplishment – boxes certainly checked off by Anid, a “distinguished scholar [and] academic leader,” according to New York Institute of Technology President Hank Foley.

Anid “exemplifies the best ideals of AIChE membership,” Foley added, and AIChE Executive Director June Wispelwey agreed, noting in a letter to the new fellow that “this honor reaffirms the high esteem with which your colleagues and peers view your distinctive professional achievements and accomplishments.” More on those achievements and accomplishments right here.



Rapido: Applied DNA and its best Italian buddy are speeding five COVID-19 vaccine candidates toward immediate animal testing.

Très intéressant: An international science consortium stretching from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory to France may have uncovered a critical coronavirus clue.

En español: Nassau and Suffolk speak the lingo, the pause protracts and mobile ERs roll – all that and more in our exclusive, Island-heavy Pandemic Primer.



Online interactions play large for recruitment-minded Long Island colleges and economic development-focused Nassau County.



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

From California: San Diego-based life/relationship coach Lisa Sawicki helps isolated couples avoid “permanent damage” with some solid lockdown advice.

From Florida: Fort Lauderdale-based supplemental health spearhead Suraksha Naturals lands its Keto-Veyda product line on’s virtual shelves.

From California: Costa Mesa-based wireless communications/radio frequency specialist EnGenius Technologies bolsters its EnGenius Cloud with an AI-powered toolkit.



Nicholas Warywoda

+ Nicholas Warywoda has joined Melville-based Leitner Varughese, now Leitner Varughese Warywoda, as a partner. He previously served as a partner at Manhattan-based Raskin & Kremins.

+ The Long Island Association has announced the election of seven new Board of Directors members: Christopher Becker, president & CEO of The First National Bank of Long Island; Randy DeYulio, managing partner for Long Island at Deloitte; Robert Milas, regional vice president for Long Island at Wells Fargo Bank; Jennifer Garvey, New York market affairs manager for Orsted U.S. Offshore Wind; Ming Chiang, president of Casual Home Worldwide; David Schieren, CEO of EmPower Solar; and Joseph Nolan Jr., executive vice president of strategy, customer and corporate relations for Eversource Energy (Sunrise Wind).

+ Gary O’Connor is the new president-elect for the Association of Talent Development-Long Island Chapter’s Board of Directors. He is the managing partner of Your Part-Time HR Manager in Garden City.


BELOW THE FOLD (Deal With It Edition)

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Booze button: Online sales spike as U.S. alcohol consumption soars.

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Not their first rodeo: Wars, recessions and worse – the Long Island Business Development Council has seen it all over the last half-century, and it will be there to help the Island rise after the great pandemic, too. Check them out.