Goodbye, Tom Magliozzi, and Thanks for All the Science

Just a quick note to say goodbye and thank you to Tom Magliozzi, one half of Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers, and co-host, with his brother Ray, of the popular NPR call-in show “Car Talk.” Tom’s death from complications of Alzheimer’s disease was announced yesterday.

Tom and Ray Magliozzi, complete with fuzzy dice I guess you either loved Car Talk or hated it. (You’ve been in a sensory deprivation tank for the last 25 years if you’ve never heard the brothers’ incessant and raucous laughter erupting from a nearby radio — it was instantly recognizable if, to some, highly irritating.) But I count myself in the “loved it” category. While the show was ostensibly about car repair — a topic that generally leaves me cold — in fact, the brothers took on marital disputes, wildlife challenges, financial decisions, vacation planning and whatever else their callers brought to their attention. They brought self-deprecating humor and often embarrassing personal experiences to bear on any and all topics, putting their listeners at ease (no matter how ridiculous the questions) by suggesting that no one knew less than they did.

Of course, they were anything but dumb — both were MIT graduates and Tom had —> Read More Here


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