Earlier this month we at BWC lost a friend when Tom Magliozzi passed away from complications of Alzheimers at age 77. Tom, who millions know -- along with younger brother Ray -- as half of NPR's 37 year running program "Car Talk" program, worked with us for a number of years when BWC sponsored their radio show heard nationally on over 600 stations coast to coast.
More than just a talk show host, via their radio program, Tom was an ambassador from Cambridge Massachusetts (BWC's east coast HQ) to the rest of the country. His sense of humor was rivaled only by his depth of knowledge. Serious smarts (or smahts as it might get pronounced around here) combined with a wicked quick sense of humor -- that's the type of thing New Englanders pride themselves on and Tom and Ray had both in spades.
Yes, he was (along with his brother) an MIT graduate but he was anything but stodgy. "Car Talk" was loaded with goofy jokes as well as good advice. Listeners will recall their oft mentioned staffer, Erasmus B. Dragon, and show chauffeur, Pikop Andropov (pronounce those to yourself slowly), and of course the show's supposed law firm of "Dewey Cheetem and Howe" (that "firm's" name emblazoned on a window in the middle of Harvard Square is a must see stop on any sightseeing tour of the area).
Fortunately America's funniest auto mechanics will live on in their NPR podcasts, which you can check out here:
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Rest in Peace Tom Magliozzi