Monday, November 03, 2014

A Passing

The Public Radio world, and a LOT of the rest of us, suffered a loss today.  From NPR's web site:
Photo credit: NPR
Tom Magliozzi, one of public radio's most popular personalities, died on Monday of complications from Alzheimer's disease. He was 77 years old.

Tom and his brother, Ray, became famous as "Click and Clack the Tappet Brothers" on the weekly NPR show Car Talk. They bantered, told jokes, laughed and sometimes even gave pretty good advice to listeners who called in with their car troubles.

If there was one thing that defined Tom Magliozzi, it was his laugh. It was loud, it was constant, it was infectious.
The rest of the obituary is here.  Rest in peace, Mr. Magliozzi, and thank you for all the wonderful, joyous laughs you gave us; you WILL be missed.  I heard on NPR this afternoon that they... NPR... plan to continue the show, but in what form wasn't disclosed.


  1. Oh that is a pity. Ages ago I remember that NPR was terminating the show with the hosts both signing out voluntarily. I've assumed it has been reruns since 2004 or so. Click and Clack never said why but this is why. It's hard for me to resist the idea that people with an intact sense of good and fun humor have lost it.

    I am so screwed.

    1. Further reading on my part revealed the show has been in re-runs since 2012, so I assume we'll continue to get those re-runs.

    2. That "don't drive like my brother" is one of the greatest sign-offs of all time.

  2. Damn. Just damn.

    Good show, good guys.

    RIP Tom.

  3. They were a great pair. I git a lot of laughs listening to them, and the car info was pretty good too!

  4. @ Chris and Ed: Thanks, guys.

  5. Donna from Elmira04 November, 2014 18:46

    Funniest show was when they were saying that all girls who drove a Camaro were named Donna. The lady who was a guest said that probably wasn't true. Couldn't be true. Next call comes in and it is Donna from Elmira. "Donna, hello, what kind of car do you drive?" she says "A Camaro" and everyone can't stop laughing. Of course Donna doesn't know why they think that is funny...


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