Tom Magliozzi and his brother Ray were the co-hosts of NPR’s weekly radio show, Car Talk, where they were known as “Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers.”
Tom Magliozzi and his brother Ray were the co-hosts of NPR’s weekly radio show, Car Talk, where they were known as “Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers.” When Tom died Nov. 3, 2014 at 77, people around the world remembered his incredible life and his humorous take on auto repair. Here are a few of those remembrances.
A remembrance of Magliozzi by his long-time NPR colleague Susan Stamberg.
“The Magliozzi brothers grew up in a tough neighborhood of East Cambridge, in a close-knit Italian family. Tom was 12 years older, the beloved older brother to Ray. They liked to act like they were just a couple of regular guys who happened to be mechanics, but both of them graduated from MIT…” Read More
“The show’s disastrous-sounding premise—two guys answer questions about engine lubrication and mufflers at length, on-air, with no editing to speak of—was its secret genius, making every episode a Houdini-style wager to see whether they could squeeze an hour of bravura radio from a few rattling engines. And they always did. Yet what many of us will miss most about Car Talk isn’t the show itself. It’s the contact with a world that the Magliozzis helped invent and bring to life, each week, on the air…” Read more
“Growing up outside of Boston in the nineteen-eighties and nineties, I found that certain brands and names were as inescapable as Red Sox caps: Filene’s, Friendly’s, and Click and Clack the Tappet Brothers…” Read More