Cradle of Aviation Museum

No. 383: On politics, robotics, the five-and-dime and the power of dreaming big

  The end is nigh: But that’s a good thing, dear readers, as we wrap up another busy workweek and ease into another well-earned weekend. Welcome to Friday! Wu are you again? It’s Feb. 22 out there, and if you had Empress Wu Zetian abdicating her throne on (or about) this date in 705 A.D. – thereby restoring China’s on-again, off-again Tang dynasty – that’s pretty amazing. We’re crediting 100 wu shu coins to your…


At the Cradle of Aviation, STEM inspires (in a ‘Big’ way)

By GREGORY ZELLER // One of Long Island’s most innovative institutions is sharing some big-screen inspiration with tomorrow’s brightest minds. As part of its National Engineers Week (Feb. 17-23) observations, which also include Feb. 21’s National Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day, the Cradle of Aviation Museum is featuring the exhilarating documentary “Dream Big” in its giant-screened Dome Theater, where senses-shattering IMAX technology awaits. Narrated by Academy Award-winner Jeff Bridges and produced by MacGillivray Freeman…


No. 380: On Coach K, ‘foodpreneurs’ and Donna Drake’s new digs – plus, introducing our 2019 Innovators of the Year!

  Middle march: Onwards and upwards, dear readers, as this latest week of socioeconomic progress plows ahead. It’s Feb. 13 out there, and if you had boozing brawler Guo Wei leading a military coup and declaring himself emperor of China’s short-lived Later Zhou dynasty on this date in 951 A.D., nice work – here’s a voucher for 100 copper Ban Liang coins. Dial it up: Before we dive in, a peaceful World Radio Day –…


No: 365: Electrons, hackathons, gadget gifts and yes, America, there is a climate change

  Golden mettle: Congratulations, dear reader – you’ve reached the 50th Friday of 2018 (go ahead and count, if you don’t believe us) and the end of another busy week of socioeconomic innovation. You are to be commended. It’s Dec. 14 out there, and we have plenty of interesting days to choose from – it’s international Monkey Day and, here in the USA, National Salesperson Day. Because it just sounds so badass: But we’re going…


No. 364: Planning HQ2, digitizing Robert Moses and still taking giant leaps for mankind, a half-century later

  All downhill from here: Over the hump we go, dear readers, as another wintry Wednesday arrives (though it’s still not winter) and we race through the midpoint of another busy workweek. Ride share: Before we get to it, welcome new newsletter subscribers Alida, Greg, Michael, Marc, Carmela, George, Nina, Stanley, Stacy, Brittany, Sarah, Christopher, MJ and Cristian. What a fine-looking group! Please keep your hands in the car at all times. Not taking sides:…


50 years after Apollo, Cradle of Aviation still inspired

By ANDREW PARTON // It’s a challenging question: Can we be truly inspired by an event that occurred 50 years ago? The answer lies in the event’s impact – not just on us as individuals, but on a variety of aspects of society. In July 2019, we’ll celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 and the landing of the first men on the surface of the moon. That event impacted not just the United States,…


No. 353: Don’t be scared, it’s just our Halloween edition (featuring spacemen, blood machines and ghost chickens)

  In the spirit: Welcome to Wednesday, fearless readers, the midpoint of another busy week of socioeconomic innovation and the start of another holiday season. It is, of course, Oct. 31, a date that needs no introduction – though whether Halloween is a pagan ritual dating back to Celtic Druids, as many believe, or actually a Christian creation is open to some debate. Boo: Either way, the first jack-o-lanterns were made from turnips, the fear…


No. 259: Ken White gets Debriefed, celebrating the Moon walk’s 50th and Ronkonkoma Hub gets good news

Happy Friday, folks: And congrats on your successful completion of another work week (except you weekend-hustling self-made types, bless your entrepreneurial souls. For you, congrats for your hustle). Those of you lucky enough to put your feet up should drop us a note at editor@innovateli.com – story tips, events, corrections and stimulating socioeconomic conversation always welcome. What a day for debuts: In no particular order, Gordon Lightfoot, Danny DeVito, Rock Hudson, Martin Scorsese, Tom Seaver,…


Space vets all-go for Cradle of Aviation ‘Countdown’

By GREGORY ZELLER // A star-studded crew of cosmic heroes was on board Thursday, when the Cradle of Aviation Museum started the clock on its 18-month-plus “Countdown to Apollo at 50.” The long-term celebration, featuring new exhibits and educational initiatives at the Garden City museum, leads up to the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission – man’s first recorded moon landing, on July 20, 1969. Long Island, of course, played a vital role in…