Tom and Ray Magliozzi

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Tom Magliozzi
Born Thomas Louis Magliozzi
(1937-06-28) June 28, 1937 (age 76)
East Cambridge, Massachusetts
Education Chem Eng & Economics, BA
Management: MBA, PhD
Alma mater MIT (1958)
Northeastern University
Boston University
Occupation Radio show host, mechanic
Years active 1977–2012
Known for Car Talk
Home town Cambridge, Massachusetts
Children Lydia, Alex
Relatives Ray, brother; Lucille, sister
Website
www.cartalk.com
Ray Magliozzi
Born Raymond F. Magliozzi
(1949-03-30) March 30, 1949 (age 65)
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Education BS, Humanities
Alma mater MIT (1972)
Occupation Radio show host, mechanic
Years active 1977–2012
Known for Car Talk
Home town Cambridge, Massachusetts
Spouse(s) Monique
Children Louie, Andrew
Relatives Tom, brother; Lucille, sister
Website
www.cartalk.com

Thomas Louis Magliozzi (born June 28, 1937) and Raymond F. Magliozzi (born March 30, 1949) were the co-hosts of NPR's weekly radio show, Car Talk, where they were known as "Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers". Their show was honored with a Peabody Award in 1992.

Early life[edit]

Tom Magliozzi was born in East Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he attended Gannett School, Wellington School, Rindge Tech, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. While at MIT, he participated in Air Force ROTC, and subsequently he spent six months in the Army Reserve.

Ray Magliozzi was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts; he also graduated from MIT. In 1999, the brothers returned to MIT to jointly deliver the commencement speech to that year's graduates.[1]

Career[edit]

Tom earned a degree from the MIT Sloan School of Management. He subsequently worked for Sylvania's Semiconductor Division in Woburn, Massachusetts and then for the Foxboro Company, while earning his MBA from Northeastern University[2] and teaching part-time at local universities. Eventually tiring of his commute and job, he quit, spending the next year doing odd jobs such as painting for other tenants in his apartment building.[3]

Ray taught science in Bennington, Vermont for a few years, before returning to Cambridge in 1973, when he and Tom opened a do-it-yourself repair shop, named Hacker's Haven. The shop rented space and equipment to hackers trying to fix their own cars but was not profitable. Nevertheless, the two enjoyed the experience and were invited in 1977 to be part of a panel of automotive experts on Boston's NPR affiliate WBUR. Subsequently, the brothers converted the shop into a standard auto-repair shop named Good News Garage.

In addition to the local radio show, Tom worked a day or two per week at the Technology Consulting Group, run by a former MIT classmate, in Boston, and he still taught at local universities. Tom's professed belief that college professors make lots of money without working drove him to spend nine years working while getting his doctorate in Marketing from Boston University Graduate School of Management.[2][not in citation given] After being a professor for eight years, he decided that he disliked teaching, and quit.[3]

Car Talk[edit]

In January 1987, host Susan Stamberg of Weekend Edition on NPR asked the two to contribute weekly to her program. Nine months later, Car Talk premiered as an independent NPR program. In 1992, Tom and Ray won a Peabody Award for Car Talk—for "distinguished achievement and meritorious public service".[4][5]

Tom and Ray continued to work in their garage while they produced Car Talk. On June 8, 2012, it was announced that Car Talk would stop producing new episodes in September 2012, though NPR will continue airing reruns of the show.[6]

Other work[edit]

In addition to the radio show, Tom writes for CarTalk.com and runs his own consulting business.

Tom and Ray both appeared in the Pixar film Cars (2006), wherein they played the owners of Rust-eze, who discover Lightning McQueen and gave him his first big break. Tom appeared as a 1963 Dodge Dart convertible—a reference to a '63 Dart convertible he owned for many years and often mentions on Car Talk. Ray appeared as a 1964 Dodge A100 van. In the film, they each admonished: "Don't drive like my brother," a frequent catchphrase from Car Talk.[citation needed]

The Magliozzi brothers also appeared in a seventh season episode of the PBS Kids show Arthur, called "Pick a Car, Any Car", which originally aired on November 25, 2002.[7] Arthur calls them with a question about the family car, which would have been hauled away by the local mechanic without their help. The answer turns out to be a baby rattle, presumably that of Arthur's baby sister Kate, in the car's tailpipe.[8]

In 2008, the brothers starred in their own PBS animated series, Click and Clack's As the Wrench Turns, playing fictionalized versions of themselves.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Transcript of the Magliozzis commencement address". Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Retrieved 12 December 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Bates (1999), MIT Tech Talk.
  3. ^ a b http://www.cartalk.com/content/tom-and-rays-bios-photos-2
  4. ^ "Car Talk 1992". Peabody Awards. Retrieved 14 February 2009. 
  5. ^ "The History of Car Talk". Car Talk. Retrieved 14 February 2009. 
  6. ^ Bauder, David (8 June 2012). "NPR 'Car Talk' duo retiring; reruns to continue". Associated Press. Retrieved 15 June 2012. 
  7. ^ "List of Arthur Episodes, Season 7". Wikipedia. 
  8. ^ "Pick a Car, Any Car". YouTube. 
  9. ^ Jenson, Elizabeth (June 29, 2008). "Welcome to Toontown, Radio Guys". New York Times. Retrieved February 6, 2014. 

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