Tom Magliozzi who, along with his brother Ray, hosted NPR's hit comedy show Car Talk for the last 37 years, died Monday morning from complications of Alzheimer's Disease. "Turns out he wasn't kidding," said Ray. "He really couldn't remember last week's puzzler." | Full Obituary
Tom Magliozzi Biography
Tom Magliozzi was a co-host of the Peabody Award-winning program Car Talk on National Public Radio. He and his brother Ray, better known as "Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers," took their names from the clickety-clack sound made by aging autos. Car Talk is currently heard each week by over 3-million listeners on over 660 public radio stations. | Full Biography
Tom Magliozzi through the Years | View All Photos
Quotes from Tom Magliozzi
"It's only a car."
"Do it while you're young. You may never have another chance to do anything this stupid again!"
"Happiness equals reality minus expectations."
"How do you know if you've got a good mechanic? By the size of his boat."
"If money can fix it, it's not a problem."
"Our humility is what makes us great."
"Reality often astonishes theory."
"Life is too short to own a German car."
"Kids: get away from the cell phones, get away from the computers, and mail someone a fish before it's too late."
"Non Impediti Ratione Cogitationis" (Unencumbered by the Thought Process). Tom's self-proclaimed motto.
"Never let the facts stand in the way of a good story."
"Some guy I met said it's amazing how we use cars on our show as an excuse to discuss everything in the world — energy, psychology, behavior, love, money, economics and finance. The cars themselves are boring as hell."
"It is better to travel in hope than arrive in despair."
"If it falls off, it doesn't matter."
"I like to drive with the windows open. I mean, before you know it, you're going to spend plenty of time sealed up in a box anyway, right?"
Quotes about Tom Magliozzi
Ray Magliozzi: “When we were doing Car Talk, he would come in late and leave early. We used to warn him that if he left work any earlier, he’d pass himself coming in.
"Tom spent his life doing what he was born to do. Making friends, philosophizing, thinking out loud, solving people’s problems, and laughing his butt off,” says Ray. | All Quotes
Statement from NPR President and CEO Jarl Mohn
This is a heartbreaking loss for all of us at NPR, our Member Stations, and the millions of listeners in the public radio family. Countless people first discovered public radio by laughing along with Click and Clack every Saturday morning. Through Car Talk, Tom is one of those responsible for transforming NPR into the institution it is today. We extend our deepest sympathy to Ray and the Magliozzi family.
Future of the Show: Note from Eric Nuzum, Vice President, Programming for NPR
NPR believes that Car Talk is timeless, classic, joyous entertainment, and so we intend to distribute the series as long as there are people who enjoy listening to it.
Tom’s brother, Ray, also believes that the finest tribute he can give to his brother is to allow current and future generations to discover and enjoy Tom’s infectious, positive attitude toward life.
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