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No. 218: Kaushansky rising, moguls go tech and getting to know your sodium

It’s Tuesday again: Hope your week is going swimmingly. Give a hearty Innovate welcome to new readers Jennifer, Jenifer, Clarkie, Nora and PR. Glad to have you aboard, folks. Don’t forget to send news, tips, press releases, promotions, birthdays, carps, criticisms and corrections to john.kominicki@innovateli.com. Kansas City-based Laugh-O-gram Films was incorporated on this day in 1922. It declared bankruptcy a year later, and the firm’s 20-year-old founder was forced to sell the studio’s only camera…


No. 217: DiNapoli faceoff, a final flight and Dottie Herman’s doing just fine

TG it’s Friday: Been a week, no? Today’s May 19, on which the Star Trek production team settled on the character name James T. Kirk, after rejecting 15 others, including Hannibal, Timber, Flagg and Raintree. Jack Lord was originally offered the role, but demanded 50 percent ownership of the project. He later made a fortune with the line, “Book him, Danno. Murder One.” WHAT’S NEWS Best brews: Brewery Ommegang of Cooperstown and the Roscoe NY Beer Co. tied…


No. 216: Top craft brews, Buffalo bots and you can’t imagine what you coulda made with Amazon

It’s May 16: A happy Tuesday, everybody and welcome new readers including Nora, Raul and Zak. Happy to have you all aboard. Nikola Tesla filed a patent on this day in 1900 covering “The art of transmitting electrical energy through the natural mediums.” Spaghetti-Os made their debut in 1965. But first, this: Thirty-nine-year-old Emmanuel Macron was sworn in as the president of France on Sunday, becoming the youngest leader in the country’s “modern” history, which dates back to…


No. 215: T-bets, Dicky Doo and not a lotta earnings in those earnings reports

TG it’s Friday: Long Island Craft Brew Week kicks off today at participating tap rooms and retailers. The event’s “drink it forward” feature offers the opportunity to trade two cans of food or other nonperishables for a can of specially brewed red ale. Much more as the week flows on, details here. Please celebrate your social consciousness responsibly. And don’t forget to vote for your favorite brewery in the state’s first-ever craft beer challenge, coming…


No. 214: Health is hot, what the French are up to and Crayola needs your help

It’s Tuesday again: Hope it’s a good one. Welcome new readers Sara, KC and Beth and all those others who go by numbers. Happy to have you aboard. You can send story ideas, tips, news releases, birthdays, criticisms and corrections to editor@innovateli.com. Long Island’s Healthiest Companies: A new Innovate LI program recognizes local firms that promote workplace health and employee wellness. Nominations being accepted here now and mark your calendars for Sept. 13. But first, this: The big news buried in…


No. 213: Celebrating suffrage, a cool Harry Chapin flick and vote your favorite craft brewery

TG it’s Friday: Hope you’re wrapping up a great week. Today’s May 5, on which Mary Kies became the first woman awarded a patent, this in 1809, for the weaving process joining straw and silk thread to make hats. Still time to buy a boater: May 15 is straw hat day. Monday marks the 72nd anniversary of the end of World War II combat in Europe. Please find a moment to reflect. (It’s a national holiday…


No. 212: Hofstra winners, EPA facts and Ralph’s been working on the railroad, all the live long day

Happy Tuesday: Hope your Month of Three Milkings, as May was once known, is off to a great start. Welcome new readers Marvin, JP, Nene, Peter and 5639Chrome. Glad to have you aboard. Birth date is perhaps the only thing The Rock, the Red Baron and Donatella Versace have in common. And big congrats to Hofstra students Jacob Hochendoner, Louis DeVito and Adam Hussain, whose startup LegalSoft placed third in the statewide collegiate business plan contest. But…


No. 211: Real facts, a robotic dog and cloning the Star Trek tricorder

It’s Friday out there: Looking back, April was not the cruelest month. Pretty wet, though. The 2 millionth American patent was issued this week in 1935. It went to automotive engineer Joseph Ledwinka for a wheel design. Classic car enthusiasts remember Ledwinka as the designer of the 1929 Ruxton, the first front-wheel-drive American car. (Four still known to exist.) Happy birthday Alice Waters. But first, this: Collect enough data, the saying goes, and you can…


No. 2010: Best frites, a carbon milestone and Aaron Foss has a million hangups

TG it’s T: A happy Tuesday, everybody and welcome new readers Rich, Kellie, Brian, Ian, T and asgardempire89. Happy to have you aboard. Today is April 25, on which in 1850 German entrepreneur Paul Julius von Reuter launched his financial news empire using carrier pigeons, which were significantly faster than the local trains. Among other firsts, the service broke the Lincoln assassination story on the Continent. It’s now part of information behemoth Thomson Reuters. Happy birthday:…


No. 209: Morey, Saulle, Fortunoff, Melvin and Bergman. Oh, and Tuesday.

It’s Friday out there: The last week of April is nigh upon us, leaving scant days to wrap up your celebration of National Welding Month. Please butt, corner and lap responsibly. Not really related: Members of Boston’s elite Weld family like to joke that they didn’t arrive on the Mayflower – they sent servants over on it to get the cottage ready. Most famous Weld you’ve likely heard of: NYC-born actress Tuesday Weld, a third cousin…


No. 208: Post-holiday meatloaf, best NY biz spots and a sweet-talking vending machine named Vicki

TG it’s T: A great Tuesday, everybody, and hope you made the most of the holiday break. Join us in a warm Innovate welcome to new readers Julianna, Tom, Jeff, Surabhi, MeiLin, Audrey, Barney, Barbara, our great lost friend Tommy who resurfaced in Florida, Katy, Bitadzus, N. Roberts, Ashlyn and Zomorua. Glad to have you all aboard. What to do with the leftovers: Horseradish meatloaf. Mmmm. Now that you’re back at work: Friday’s newsletter was a good one….


No. 207: Molecular Orbitals, Scooby Doo and why small business doesn’t like full employment

TG it’s F: A great Friday, everybody. If you’re an observant Christian, enjoy your collations. Howard Taft became the first president to throw out an Opening Day baseball on this date in 1910. Chief execs tossed the ball from their seats until 1984, when Ronald Reagan took to the mound. Bill Clinton was the first president who managed to get a throw all the way to the catcher on the fly. Yikes: Brat Packer Anthony Michael…


No. 206: Huggable robots, a craft beer census and Katy Cole e-discovers herself

Happy Tuesday: You know the traditional Passover plagues – frogs, pestilence, boils, locusts, etc. – but are there modern ones worth adding to the Seder table, asks the NYT. Yes, readers responded, suggesting Alzheimers, opioid addiction and texting while driving. Oh, and let’s not forget the Kardashians. Quickly: You get a lot of nicknames when you’re born with a last name like Kominicki. Commie and Komo, obviously, but also Nick, Nickel and Nickly. In the early ’70s…


No. 205: Farrell Fritz on the move, kudos for Canon and lusting after your digital assistant

TG it’s F: A happy Friday, gentle readers, and hope you’ve been keeping your powder dry. It’s National Beer Day, which celebrates the passage of 1933’s Cullen-Harrison Act permitting the sale of 3.2% alcoholic beverages during Prohibition. As FDR quipped upon signing the measure: “I think this would be a good time for a beer.” Happy birthday Peter Curry and Clark Gillies. RIP, Don “Mr. Warmth” Rickles. Good luck with all that: Innovate supporter Farrell Fritz starts…


No. 204: $40K Hofstra challenge, Mojo Workin’ and a border wall deadline

Happy Tuesday, everybody: And welcome new readers, including Vinny, Barry, Andrew, Brian, Gavin and Jim. Happy Birthday Debra Halpert and Steve Davies. Also born on this day: Muddy Waters, who took southern bottleneck blues guitar to Chicago, electrified it and went on to inspire everyone from Keith Richards to Eric Clapton and Johnny Winter. Rolling Stone magazine, which, like Richards’ band, took its name from a Waters tune, has billed him as the seventeenth greatest…