Jordan Wachtell, 57, lost his life on January 30, 2020 when a drunk driver going the wrong way on New York Interstate 287 smashed into Jordan’s car. The crash also claimed the life of 17-year-old Eric Goldberg.
Mr. Wachtell was driving his son, Goldberg, and 17-year-old Jack Rosen to a basketball game. His son Preston suffered a broken arm, and Rosen was also injured.
According to those who knew him, Jordan was a loving son, husband, father, brother, uncle, great-uncle, friend, neighbor, and philanthropist, with a heart that was open to all who were fortunate to know him.
He was an entrepreneur, owning three successful businesses with plans to develop two more. Filled with limitless energy, Jordan spent his days dreaming of ways to enrich the lives of those closest to him.
Here is how his best friend, Steve Chase described Jordan: “After losing my best friend and business partner to a drunk driving crash, I was heartbroken for his beautiful family and I couldn’t let it go.
I knew Jordan for over 35 years; he had an infectious, larger than life personality and his charisma along with his unbridled enthusiasm for life was contagious. He had an uncanny ability to make people’s lives better. Jordan was a game changer in business, but more importantly he was a great human being, which is why I decided to join forces with Safe Ride America as Jordan would have wanted and help make a difference.”
Three weeks before Jordan’s untimely death at the hand of a drunk driver, Jordan had made plans to travel to Los Angeles to feed 500 homeless people with son Preston and some close friends. Jordan cared about homeless people and the problems of food insecurity in America, which will become another mission of the Wachtell Foundation.
The Amazing Adventures of Little Batman
One of Jordan’s pet projects was to produce a video based on the 1966 Batman TV series where a very, very young Bruce Wayne takes on the famous, pint-sized villains of Gotham City. The cast is primarily made up of 5-year-old children portraying DC Comics’ legendary heroes and villains.
When it was released it was uploaded in 3 parts due to You Tube’s 10-minute limit at that time. Those videos generated a combined 20 million views. Others reposted the video adding another 20 million views.
The full version uploaded later generated over a million views on its own . At the end of the film when an older Batman is talking to the younger one, his message is: “keep learning…keep growing and keep your life on the right path,” which was Jordan Wachtell’s guiding philosophy.