Tesla Delivers 500th Roadster to New Jersey Philanthropist

This morning I caught a press release issued by Tesla Motors about the company's milestone delivery of its 500th Roadster. I hadn't planned on reading the release, but the name of the recipient caught my eye.

So who is the man who recently took delivery of that twilight blue Roadster?

Twilight blue Roadster

His name is Martin Tuchman, a New Jersey philanthropist. Tuchman worked as an automotive engineer for the Railrod Express Agency in the 1960s before co-founding Interpool, a container and leasing corporation that would ultimately make him very wealthy.

Technically he's retired, but it's an active retirement. He's a member of several prestigious boards and councils, but the reason his name caught my eye is because I personally know it well. Alliance logo He's the Chairman of the Board of The Parkinson Alliance, the umbrella organization responsible for the Parkinson's Unity Walk, the largest single-day fundraising event for the Parkinson’s community. Each spring in New York City’s Central Park, thousands of people with PD, their friends, families and caregivers gather together to raise research money for, and public awareness of, PD by participating in the Unity Walk.

The Unity Walk—and more specifically, Parkinson's Disease—is what connects me to this newest Roadster owner. Unity Walk logo Martin Tuchman's wife Margaret has had PD since her diagnosis in 1981, which explains his enormously influential involvement in the search for a cure for Parkinson's. My father, Alan Bonander, was diagnosed with PD in 1984, and today the Unity Walk recognizes my dad's contributions to the Parkinson's community before his untimely death in 1996 by presenting the Alan Bonander Humanitarian Award at the walk each year to acknowledge one person's exemplary contribution to the Parkinson’s community. For the past several years I've had the honor of presenting that award at the Walk.

Tuchman plans to charge his Roadster's battery pack in the most righteous way--by using photovoltaic (PV) cells installed at his home.

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