Lorraine Gregory Communications

No. 498: On crepes, mosques and tough love – and Long Island, home of the COVID-19 vaccine?

  Schastlivaya pandemiya: Over the homebound hump we go, dear comrades, as we brave another week of the great 2020 pandemic – and, even scarier, another week locked up with those we love most. To that end, these sanity-maintenance tips from the Russian Health Ministry. You’re welcome. Crepes us out: Now here’s a dangerous combo – May 6 is both National Crepe Suzette Day, celebrating the caramelized dessert, and National No Diet Day, which, let’s…


The coronavirus ate our awards show

By GREGORY ZELLER // If you thought banning travel to Europe and suspending the NBA season were big deals, hope you’re sitting down. Yes, the nefarious pandemic that closed Italy, sparked a global toilet paper shortage and broke this little girl’s heart has now done the unthinkable – the 2020 Innovator of the Year Awards show, scheduled for March 24 at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, has been canceled. (Or postponed. Or reformatted….


No. 482: On the meaningfully diverse, the Uber forgetful and CPR’s most heartfelt replays

  Shift change: Push that lever, dear readers, as we reach the fulcrum point and gear up for the latter half of this latest busy workweek. Apples and overlords: It’s Wednesday, March 11 – Moshoeshoe Day in Lesotho (celebrating the birthdate of the mountaintop African nation’s founding father) and National Johnny Appleseed Day in the United States (which doesn’t mark pioneering agriculturist John Chapman’s birthday, but the start of planting season). It’s also National Funeral…


The diversity dilemma: Making good hires look bad

By GREG DEMETRIOU // Major corporations, organizations and institutions make regular announcements when they tick off diversity accomplishments. XYZ Company welcomes its first African American CEO. Acme Corp. elevates a woman to its Board of Directors, first time ever. Widgets Inc. announces its first openly gay chief operations officer. These personnel announcements are plentiful, especially in business publications and their social media counterparts. And there is the smiling face of the newly crowned – forever…


No. 382: Daring photographers, prestigious fellows, international space adventures – and LICA’s tastiest Capital Forum yet

  Middle ground: It’s Wednesday, dear readers, and the midpoint of another busy winter week of socioeconomic innovation. Welcome to Feb. 20, and welcome especially to new newsletter subscribers Wendy, Charles, Sam, Dee, Lyn, Clive, J. Taylor, Rama, John, David and Rosemary. We’ve turned off the “Fasten Seatbelts” sign, so please feel free to move around the cabin. Those are all good things: Our new friends join us on The World Day of Social Justice,…


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 –…


Loving the Drake (and other productions) at LG Studios

By GREGORY ZELLER // They’re living it up in Edgewood, where “The Donna Drake Show” has a new name and a new home. The relentlessly optimistic, widely syndicated video magazine – featuring the eponymous host and a team of chipper correspondents serving up slices of life with studio guests and remote reports – has a new home base: LG Studios, a three-headed collaboration by Lorraine Gregory Communications, Hauppauge-based production studio Mirrorland Productions and the Drake…


No. 303: On Audrey, yummy food photos, NYIT’s Long Island ambitions and May 4 in a galaxy far, far away

That’s a wrap: Welcome to Friday, dear readers, and the end of another busy week for the Long Island innovation economy. It’s May 4 – Memorial Day in Curaçao, Greenery Day in Japan and, here in the States, the 238th anniversary of the American Academy of Arts & Science, founded in Boston on this date in 1780. Charter members included John Adams, Samuel Adams, Samuel Phillips, Phillips Payson, Samuel Williams, Abraham Williams and several men…


At Lorraine Gregory Studios, they’re making the scene

By GREGORY ZELLER // They’re (almost) ready for their close-up at Lorraine Gregory Communications, where the curtain is about to rise on a new video-production studio – and an even bigger sequel is coming soon. Emboldened by the success of a new video-interview segment produced by his spinoff C-suite consultancy Greg’s Corner Office, Lorraine Gregory Communications founder and CEO Greg Demetriou is excited to announce the near-completion of Lorraine Gregory Studios – and “doesn’t that…


No. 284: On plutonium, gun control and the video Q&A, with a Silicon Valley vibe

Friday on my mind: Spend your bread and lose your head, dear readers – you’ve reached another glorious (if wet) weekend. Reward yourself by checking out Eater’s list of highly binge-able TV options, the perfect cure for soggy Saturdays and soaked Sundays. Jiminy Crickets: Happy birthday, “Pinocchio.” The animated Disney classic debuted this date in 1940. Exactly one year later, at Berkeley, Nobel Prize winner Glenn Seaborg produced plutonium. Other debuts: Real boys (and girls)…


Action! Hot CEO blog goes vlog with Dowling debut

By GREGORY ZELLER // Mirroring the evolution of his digital marketing agency, Greg Demetriou is adding some live action to his thriving industry blog. Spun out of his Edgewood-based Lorraine Gregory Communications, Demetriou’s Greg’s Corner Office is a chief-executive consultancy leveraging Demetriou’s quarter-century of elbow-rubbing in major-league C-suites – a “great opportunity to take everything I’ve learned about being a CEO and running a successful company,” the innovator said, “and put it in front of…