No. 540: LI’s best chances, the ‘Garbo of the Skies’ and ‘leaderism,’ explained

Good for a few Zucks: Hollywood producer/director David Zucker, who wrote "Airplane!" and has made you laugh lots of other times, was born 73 years ago today.


Well played: Congratulations, dear readers – you’ve cleared hurdles, scored points and otherwise moved the socioeconomic ball, thereby earning yourself another lovely autumn weekend.

Just a sip: Today we celebrate liqueurs — sweet, strong and usually enjoyed after dinner.

Food and beverage service: It’s Friday, Oct. 16 – the U.N.’s World Food Day, which is all over the map this year, in response to numerous food-insecurity crises caused by the pandemic.

Also celebrated Oct. 16, though perhaps not with the same altruistic resolve, is National Liqueur Day. Please sip responsibly.

The breast of the story: Today is also National Mammography Day, always the third Friday in  October, a big part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and no joke whatsoever.

You must be crazy: The Association of Medical Superintendents of American Institutions for the Insane, remembered as both the first U.S. psychiatric association and the first national medical society of any kind, formed in Philadelphia on this date in 1844.

Slept right through it: Boston dentist William Morton first publicly demonstrated anesthesia at Massachusetts General Hospital on Oct. 16, 1846.

Welcome to Narnia: Inspiring multiple sequels and film adaptations, “The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe” was first published 70 years ago today.

Eyre apparent: Charlotte Brontë’s classic literary work “Jane Eyre” was first published in London on this date on 1847 (true story: Brontë used the pen name “Currer Bell”).

Also gracing shelves for the first time on Oct. 16, also in London, was C.S. Lewis’ “The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe,” published in 1950.

All part of the Planned: American birth-control activist, sex educator, writer and nurse Margaret Sanger, the future face of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, opened the first U.S. birth-control clinic in Brooklyn 94 years ago today.

With sugar on top: Inventor Marvin Pipkin earned a U.S. patent on Oct. 16, 1928, for the frosted lightbulb (no sugar added, and for the record, the frosting was on the inside).

Now Batten: And pioneering New Zealand aviator Jean Batten – an international heroine regaled for several female firsts, remembered as “the Garbo of the Skies” – landed her low-winged Percival Gull in Auckland on this date in 1936, completing an epic 11-day solo flight from England.

Kinda wordy: Dictionary namesake Noah Webster (1758-1843) – an American lexicographer, teacher, grammarian, journalist and lobbyist who believed spelling and grammar should reflect modern usage, not archaic rules – would be 262 years old today.

Fabulous: The flamboyant and immensely talented Oscar Wilde.

Also born on Oct. 16 were Italian earth sciences pioneer Giovanni Arduino (1714-1795), the “father of Italian geology”; Irish playwright, poet and novelist Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde (1854-1900); American playwright and Nobel laureate Eugene Gladstone O’Neill (1888-1953); Sri Lankan-American chemist and exobiologist Cyril Ponnamperuma (1923-1994), who cooked up game-changing “primordial soup” experiments; and iconic British-Irish-American stage-and-screen legend Dame Angela Brigid Lansbury (born 1925).

Surely you can’t be serious: And take a bow, David Zucker! The American director, producer and screenwriter – who wrote “Airplane!”, co-created “The Naked Gun” series and directed two “Scary Movie” movies – turns 73 today.

Wish the funny filmmaker and all the other Oct. 16 innovators well at, where we just want you to know, we’re all counting on you to drop off story tips and calendar items. And don’t call him Shirley.


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Make a day of it: Today is New York State Manufacturing Day, which is not so much a day as a four-hour virtual conference (8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) celebrating Empire State manufacturers, brought to you by the good folks at FuzeHub, the statewide New York Manufacturing Extension Partnership center.

Fuzehub is collaborating on the interactive program with a number of institutions, including Stony Brook University’s Manufacturing and Technology Resource Consortium and other regional MEP centers, aiming primarily to introduce students to a statewide manufacturing sector currently responsible for 500,000 jobs and $86.7 billion in annual economic activity, according to MEP estimates.

Dozens of New York manufacturers are signed up to demonstrate technologies and network through “digital booths,” with Adam Milton – director of operations at Cree Wolfspeed, a semiconductor specialist building the world’s largest silicon-carbide manufacturing facility in the Mohawk Valley – slated to keynote. “[Manufacturing] is an important industry that requires a robust talent pipeline,” said FuzeHub Executive Director Elena Garuc. “New York State Manufacturing Day aims to inspire students to pursue careers in the industry and become drivers of innovation.”

Nicole Sieben: Hopeful.

Remote controls: Multiple SUNY College at Old Westbury professors, representing the college’s School of Education and School of Arts and Sciences, have published new studies focused primarily on pandemic-inspired collegiate pivots.

First up are Professor Judith Lloyd, Associate Professor Ruomei Gao and Assistant Professor Youngjoo Kim of SUNY-Old Westbury’s Chemistry and Physics Department, who collaborated on “A Desirable Combination for Undergraduate Chemistry Laboratories: Face-to-Face Teaching with Computer-Aided, Modifiable Program for Grading and Assessment.” Published in September in the peer-reviewed Journal of Chemical Education, the article examines the delicate balance between traditional face-to-face instruction and remote learning, particularly regarding laboratory sciences.

Flying solo, meanwhile, was English/adolescent education Assistant Professor Nicole Sieben, who recently shared “Tell Your Story … Share Hope” in Teaching/Writing: The Journal of Writing Teacher Education. The peer-reviewed article emphasizes storytelling as an educational tool and encourages students to “tell their stories amidst a pandemic that upended their semesters and, for many, their lives,” according to the article’s abstract, including “feedback on their level of comfort with the change of instructional mode from face-to-face to remote instruction.”



Chances are: From crisis comes opportunity – the pandemic gives Long Island the golden prospects it’s been waiting for, according to master innovator Mitch Maiman.

Renewed hopes: Big happenings in Minnesota could translate to big clean-energy advances on Long Island, as National Grid goes all-in on renewables.

Innovation in the Age of Coronavirus: Naughty states, nice antibody researchers and an ever-growing list of COVID-19 factoids, as Long Island’s one-and-only pandemic primer rolls on.



We’re picking up space-time distortions at SUNY Old Westbury … and what’s that scaring local residents on a Wainscott beach?



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

From California: San Francisco-based “femtech” Lady Technologies assists women through conception with FDA-registered fertility tracker/pelvic exerciser.

From Texas: Austin-based health-tech innovator Swanwick improves sleep – and life/work performance – with blue light-blocking glasses.

From California: San Francisco-based, Academy Award-winning digital animator conjures 3D avatars and environments for Zoom calls.



Wendy Darwell

+ Wendy Darwell has been named president/CEO-elect of the Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council and the Northern Metropolitan Hospital Association, both divisions of the Suburban Hospital Alliance of New York State. She currently serves as vice president/COO.

+ Nicholas Cappadora has been promoted to partner at Uniondale-based Sahn Ward Coschignano. He concentrates his practice in the areas of zoning and land use, real estate law and transactions, municipal and legislative law, litigation and appeals and industrial development agency law.

+ Rodney Watson has joined Jericho-based Cino Ltd. as director of business development. He is a former running back for the Cincinnati Bengals and a prominent professional motivator.

+ Natasha Jeffries has been promoted to community placement coordinator for the Southampton Union Free School District. She previously served as a teaching assistant.

+ Linda Suraci has been hired as an account director for Melville-based Don Jagoda Associates. She previously served as brand activation director at Westbury-based Central Marketing and Communications.

+ Monica Manzi has been hired as assistant superintendent for pupil personnel services and special education in the North Babylon Union Free School District. She previously served as assistant superintendent for special education in the Connetquot Central School District.



Follow the leaders: Birx, central to President Trump’s pandemic response.

Good leaders: Why a tech-driven CEO is the key to business success.

Bad leaders: How Birx (and her boss) undermined the CDC, and why.

The brutal truth of “leaderism”: Turns out we’re better off with leaders who are smart, kind and honest – but not everyone cares.

Leading the charge: Please continue supporting the amazing institutions that support Innovate LI – including the Town of Islip Office of Economic Development, always out in front and clearing the way for ambitious business owners. Check them out.




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