No. 530: Mars in focus, Hamilton in charge, Bozo on board – and a big win for Long Island innovation

Do you know me: Statesman, scholar and Founding Father Alexander Hamilton – who also founded the U.S. Coast Guard and the New York Post – became the first U.S. treasury secretary 231 years ago today.


Lives in infamy: Welcome to Friday, the end of a surprisingly humid late-summer workweek and the doorstep of another hard-earned weekend – well done, dear readers.

It’s Sept. 11 out there, and whether you call it Patriot Day or the National Day of Service and Remembrance, if you were old enough to pay attention 19 years ago today, you will truly never forget.

Purely coincidental: Sixty years before terrorists tried to take it down, construction on the Pentagon broke ground on Sept. 11, 1941.

Dialed in: In another historical irony with a tangential connection to the despicable attacks, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed Sept. 11 Emergency Number Day in 1987.

For the record, the nationwide 9-1-1 emergency number was first introduced by the Federal Communications Commission in 1968.

Bar talk: Mann’s Tavern, back in the day.

Mann up: The four-day Annapolis Convention – formally, “A Meeting of Commissioners to Remedy Defects of the Federal Government,” a national political convention that got the ball rolling on interstate trading – commenced on Sept. 11, 1786, at Mann’s Tavern in Maryland.

Hamilton: The current face of the $10 bill, Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, was appointed as the first U.S. treasury secretary on this date in 1789.

He folds: The first U.S. patent for collapsible metal tubes was issued on Sept. 11, 1841, to American artist John Rand, who meant to protect paints.

Other U.S. patents issued on this date include one in 1883 for New York inventor J.G. Cutler, who stamped the first mail chute.

Linked in: The first public demonstration of remote computing took place on Sept. 11, 1940, when a teletype terminal at a meeting of the American Mathematical Association in New Hampshire communicated over phone lines to a keyboard operator in New York.

Ready for its closeup: And it was this date in 1997 when the Mars Global Surveyor entered an elliptical orbit around the Red Planet.

After a few glitches, the NASA probe significantly mapped the Martian surface and made high-quality observations of its magnetic and gravitational fields.

Scary good: Pinto, as Bozo.

What a Bozo: Voice actor Pinto Colvig (1892-1967) – a human sound effects machine who voiced Goofy, Pluto and two of Snow White’s dwarfs, and was the original Bozo the Clown – would be 128 years old today.

Also born on Sept. 11 were American astronomer Mary Whitney (1847-1921), who invigorated Vassar College’s burgeoning astronomy program and was a champion of women in science; American short story master O. Henry (1862-1910); American physicist Harvey Fletcher (1884-1981), who pioneered stereophonics; English writer and poet D.H. Lawrence (1885-1930), a romantic soul who lamented industrialization; and cinematic thrill-seeker Brian De Palma (born 1940).

Commanding performance: And take a bow, Robert Laurel Crippen – the retired American naval officer, test pilot, aerospace engineer and astronaut, who piloted the first NASA space shuttle in orbit and commanded three more shuttle missions after that, turns 83 today.

Wish the space ace, the voice virtuoso and all the other Sept. 11 innovators well at Story tips, calendar events and recordings of your best Disney dwarf impersonations also accepted.


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Telehealth test: Two regional assisted-living mainstays will improve quality of care for their residents – and hopefully reduce emergency department visits – through a high-tech Northwell Health collaboration.

New York’s largest healthcare provider (by number of providers and number of patients) has signed on to provide telehealth services to the Riverdale-based Methodist Home for Nursing and Rehabilitation and the Glen Cove Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, which will both use mobile cart technology to connect nursing home residents, family members and Northwell Health providers – a socially distanced option expected to expedite treatment for the most vulnerable residents and simultaneously reduce 30-day hospital readmission rates, “a key reimbursement metric,” Northwell notes.

“Northwell Health is excited to collaborate with both [Methodist Home for Nursing and Rehabilitation] and (the) Glen Cove Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in our shared mission to provide the highest quality care to our communities throughout all phases of their illness and recoveries,” noted RN Iris Berman, Northwell’s vice president of Telehealth Services.

Safety first: A free/low-cost “Digital Safety Net” stands ready to support small business.

Digital divide: A national nonprofit promoting small-business technology access gives New York State mixed grades in a new report examining state-by-state “digital adopters” and “digital maintainers.”

According to Digitally Driven, by the Washington-based Connected Commerce Council, 71 percent of New York-based small businesses have increased their use of readily available digital tools during the pandemic, on par with 72 percent of national small businesses. But only 33 percent of New York small businesses qualify as “Digital Drivers” – those who adopt new digital tools fastest and smartest – falling way behind national leaders Nevada (63 percent), Alabama (51 percent) and Arizona (49 percent).

New York outpaces other states in “adopters” – businesses that recognize digital-tool values but are not fully committed, not a great category – but has fewer “maintainers” (the skeptical or otherwise tech-nervous). “Digitally Driven” includes copious information on free and low-cost communications, marketing, workflow and e-commerce digital tools that just might convert the unwashed. “The Digital Safety Net is real,” said 3C President Jake Ward. “Small businesses must invest time in selecting the right digital tools for their business.”



That’s more like it: For once, the out-of-state corporate parent didn’t take away the unique Long Island talent – it relocated here instead.

Quantum realm: Long Island will host a $115 million quantum-information research hub, with Stony Brook University and Brookhaven National Laboratory at the wheel.

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

From New Jersey: Metuchen-based data recovery/migration expert Stellar breaks out BitRaser, a diagnostic tool that can permanently erase all data from storage devices.

From California: San Francisco-based wellness hydration brand LARQ goes “beyond filtration” with new purification pitcher.

From Canada, eh: Toronto-based social media shaper Trybe adds “peer-to-peer awarding” to trailblazing multimedia social platform.



Ray Hughes

+ Ray Hughes has been appointed executive director of the Department of Public Safety and Transportation at Garden City-based Adelphi University. He previously served as public service manager.

+ John Barnosky has joined the Melville-based Maurer Foundation’s Board of Directors. He serves as a partner in the Trust and Estate Law practice groups at Uniondale-based Farrell Fritz.

+ Jeffrey Forchelli has been appointed a trustee of Staten Island-based Wagner College. He serves as managing partner of Uniondale-based Forchelli Deegan Terrana.

+ Sean Gleason has been hired as an insurance specialist at Islandia-based WizdomOne Group. His is the president of Hauppauge-based Sean FX Gleason.

+ Tara Anne Scully has been appointed to Port Jefferson-based Mather Hospital’s Board of Directors. She is principal of the Law Office of Tara Anne Scully and founder/president of Long Island Legal Care, both in Port Jefferson.

+ Anthony Camarda has been hired as chief financial officer at Hauppauge-based Forward Industries. He previously served as vice president/financial planning and analysis at Ronkonkoma-based Nature’s Bounty.



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That happened fast: Asian-Pacific innovators are already bouncing back from the pandemic.

Speed dating: Show some love to the amazing firms that support Innovate LI, including Nixon Peabody, where the Coronavirus Response Team stays a step ahead of rapidly changing COVID-19 regulations.