Is Car Talk Y2K Compliant?

July 17, 1999

Doug Berman, Executive Producer
Car Talk
Dewey, Cheetham & Howe
P.O. Box 3500 Harvard Square
Cambridge, MA 02238

Dear Doug:

We need your help!

NPR is comprehensively assessing all of its systems, equipment andprogramming to ensure that Y2K will not bring any problems or surprises. Aspart of that survey, we need information about Car Talk's Y2K preparationand readiness.

Attached is a letter from Amy Fleishman, who has responsibility at NPR forthis important work; a version of this letter is being sent to allcompanies with whom NPR has relationships. She asks for you to provide NPRwith information on Car Talk's planning and action with regard to Y2K.Please call me at 202-414-2000 if I can be of any help to you in respondingto her request.

The Program Services staff (Jamie Crowne, Jennifer Kinloch and I) will becontacting each program individually to discuss and plan special deliveryarrangements for all programs scheduled for distribution December 31, 1999,through January 3, 2000. We will also be requesting evergreen tapes of allprograms.

Thank you in advance for ensuring that NPR can smoothly deliver Car Talk toour member stations into the next millennium.


Steve Yasko
Programming Operations Manager

Mr. Steve Yasko
Programming Operations Manager
National Public Radio
635 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20001

Dear Steve,

You'll be happy to know that, as of today, Car Talk has been declaredcompletely Y2K compliant. Here are the areas that have been tested andapproved for Y2K compatibility at Car Talk Plaza:

Banking--As you know, the Car Talk Capital Depreciation Fund guarantees a50 percent return of a person's investment. As such, should our clients'balances suddenly show "zero" on January 1, 2000, they will simply bedelighted that we have exceeded their expectations and achieved not just 50percent, but 100 percent depreciation.

Electricity--Since the lights and computers serve only as an annoyanceduring the workday and get in the way of an otherwise relaxing workexperience for our employees, the lack of lighting and electricity shouldnot in any way alter our normal productivity. The only electrical concernwould be air conditioning, but since January 1 usually falls on or aroundJanuary 1, we don't anticipate that being a problem either.

Fax Machine--Since our fax machine ran out of paper in February 1988, weanticipate no change in our inability to receive faxes.

Manufacturing--Unfortunately, due to overly optimistic projections, wecurrently have a four-to-400-year supply of Click and Clack porcelainminiatures on hand, and we see no need for the production line to berunning during the December 1999-January 2000 period. We do, however,anticipate restarting the line some time late in the next century, so thismay be a Y3K issue.

Payroll--We do anticipate a possible disruption of payroll services, so weare requesting that NPR pay us in advance for the entire 21st century. Ifyou would be so kind as to forward a check by December 1, we can cross thislittle issue off our list.

Broadcast Services--In what has proven to be a wise and insightfuldecision, our home station, WBUR, has opted not to upgrade its broadcastequipment during the last four decades. We have checked with themanufacturers of this equipment-the Acme String Company and Dixie Cup,Incorporated, and both companies have assured us that our broadcastequipment will continue to function as is, with no Y2K repercussions.

Should you have any other questions, please feel free to contact ourMillennium Planning Manager, Vera Faroff, here at Car Talk Plaza.

Very sincerely yours,

Hugh Louis Dewey
Chief Counsel
Dewey, Cheetham & Howe

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