Tom and Ray Magliozzi

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Tom Magliozzi
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Thomas Louis Magliozzi

(1937-06-28)June 28, 1937
DiedNovember 3, 2014(2014-11-03) (aged 77)
Other namesClack
EducationEconomics Policy and Engineering, BS
Management: MBA, PhD
Alma materMassachusetts Institute of Technology (1958)
Northeastern University
Boston University
OccupationRadio show host, mechanic
Years active1977–2012
Known forCo-host of Car Talk
Ray Magliozzi
Raymond Francis Magliozzi

(1949-03-30) March 30, 1949 (age 73)
Other namesClick
EducationBachelor of Science, Humanities
Alma materMassachusetts Institute of Technology (1972)
OccupationRadio show host, mechanic
Years active1977–2012, 2017
Known forCo-host of Car Talk

Thomas Louis Magliozzi (June 28, 1937 – November 3, 2014) and his brother Raymond Francis 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.[citation needed]

Tom died on November 3, 2014, aged 77, in Belmont, Massachusetts,[2] due to complications from Alzheimer's disease.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Tom Magliozzi was born in East Cambridge, Massachusetts. His education was entirely in Cambridge: Gannett School, Wellington School, Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he graduated.[4] While at MIT, he participated in Air Force ROTC, and subsequently spent six months in the Army Reserve.[citation needed]

Ray Magliozzi was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts twelve years after his brother Tom. Ray also graduated from MIT.[citation needed]


Good News Garage in Cambridge, MA

Tom earned a degree from the MIT Sloan School of Management. He worked for Sylvania's Semiconductor Division in Woburn, Massachusetts and then for the Foxboro Company[5] while earning his MBA from Northeastern University[6] and teaching part-time at local universities. He grew tired of his job and quit, spending the next year doing odd jobs such as painting for other tenants in his apartment building.[7]

Ray taught science[8] in Bennington, Vermont, for a few years before returning to Cambridge in 1973. He and Tom then opened a do-it-yourself repair shop named Hacker's Haven.[9] The shop rented space and equipment to people who were trying to fix their own cars, but it 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 National Public Radio affiliate WBUR-FM. Subsequently, the brothers converted the shop into a standard auto-repair shop named the Good News Garage.[10][11]

In addition to the local radio show, Tom worked a day or two each week at the Technology Consulting Group run by a former MIT classmate in Boston, and he still taught at local universities. Tom believed college professors did not make much money without working other jobs, and that drove him to spend nine years working while getting his doctorate in Marketing from Boston University School of Management.[citation needed] After being a professor for eight years, he decided he disliked teaching and quit.[7]

Car Talk[edit]

In January 1987, Susan Stamberg of Weekend Edition on NPR asked the two brothers 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".[12][13] Tom and Ray continued to work in their repair 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 would continue airing reruns of the show.[14]

Producer Doug Berman said that Tom and Ray "changed public broadcasting forever" because the brothers "showed that real people are far more interesting than canned radio announcers."[15] "The guys are culturally right up there with Mark Twain and the Marx Brothers."[16]

Other work[edit]

Harvard Square offices of "Dewey, Cheetham and Howe", headquarters of Car Talk

In addition to the radio show, Tom wrote for and ran his own consulting business. In 1999, the brothers returned to MIT to deliver a joint commencement speech to the graduates.[17]

In 1989, the brothers started a newspaper column Click and Clack Talk Cars which, like the radio show, mixed serious advice with humor. King Features distributes the column. Ray continued to write the column, retitled Car Talk, after his brother's death in 2014, knowing he would have wanted the advice and humor to continue.[18]

Tom and Ray both appeared in the Pixar films Cars (2006) and Cars 3 (2017). (Tom's role in the third film was accomplished through archival recordings, as it was produced after his death, while Ray reprised his role despite his retirement in 2012.) They played the owners of Rust-eze who discovered Lightning McQueen and gave him his first big break. Tom appeared as a 1963 Dodge Dart convertible, a reference to a car that he owned for many years and often mentioned on Car Talk. Ray appeared as a 1964 Dodge A100 van. In both films, they admonished: "Don't drive like my brother", the catchphrase from the close of their radio show.[19]

The Magliozzi brothers also appeared in the sitcom Sabrina the Teenage Witch in an episode called "Driving Mr. Goodman" which aired on May 3, 2002. Sabrina calls them on a magical car radio for car advice.[20] In the same year they appeared in the PBS Kids show Arthur episode called "Pick a Car, Any Car" which aired on November 25, 2002. 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 lodged in the car's tailpipe.[21] In 2008, the brothers starred in their own PBS animated series Click and Clack's As the Wrench Turns, playing fictionalized versions of themselves.[22] They also hosted an episode of the PBS show NOVA entitled "The Car of the Future".[23] Ray did a radio ad for eBay Motors in 2022.




  1. ^ "Tom Magliozzi 1937-2014". Car Talk. November 3, 2014.
  2. ^ "Tom Magliozzi dies at 77; co-host with brother of NPR's popular 'Car Talk'". Los Angeles Times. November 4, 2014.
  3. ^ Neary, Lynn (November 3, 2014). "Tom Magliozzi, Popular Co-Host Of NPR's 'Car Talk,' Dies At 77". National Public Radio.
  4. ^ "Tom's biography". May 24, 2011.
  5. ^ Tina Grant (1996). International directory of company histories. St. James Press. p. 233. ISBN 978-1-55862-341-5.
  6. ^ Bates (1999), MIT Tech Talk.
  7. ^ a b "Tom and Ray's Bios & Photos". Car Talk. May 24, 2011.
  8. ^ "Tom and Ray's Bios & Photos". Car Talk. May 24, 2011.
  9. ^ Magliozzi, Tom&Ray. "About Us". Good News Garage. Archived from the original on December 6, 2014. Retrieved October 5, 2014. In 1973, Tom and Ray ...started a do-it-yourself shop in Cambridge, Massachusetts called Hacker’s Haven.
  10. ^ "Good News Garage". Yelp.
  11. ^ Lumsden, Carolyn (July 11, 1986). "'Click and Clack': frick and frack gearheads". Daily Breeze. p. E19.
  12. ^ "Car Talk 1992". Peabody Awards. Retrieved February 14, 2009.
  13. ^ "The History of Car Talk". Car Talk. Retrieved February 14, 2009.
  14. ^ Bauder, David (June 8, 2012). "'Car Talk' Ending: NPR Show's Duo Will Retire In October". Huffington Post. Associated Press. Retrieved November 4, 2014.
  15. ^ NPR's 'Car Talk' co-host Tom Magliozzi dies at 77, Associated Press, Philip Marcelo, November 4, 2014. Retrieved 4 November 2014.
  16. ^ [1], Associated Press, June 8, 2012. Retrieved 4 November 2014.
  17. ^ "Transcript of the Magliozzis commencement address". Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Retrieved December 12, 2010.
  18. ^ "Car Talk". King Features. June 8, 2011. Retrieved June 13, 2019.
  19. ^ "Cars (2006) - IMDb" – via
  20. ^ "Driving Mr. Goodman". IMDB. May 3, 2002. Retrieved January 27, 2020.
  21. ^ "Pick a Car, Any Car". YouTube.
  22. ^ Jenson, Elizabeth (June 29, 2008). "Welcome to Toontown, Radio Guys". The New York Times. Retrieved February 6, 2014.
  23. ^ "Car of the Future". PBS. April 22, 2008. Retrieved January 19, 2015.

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