Click and clack the tappet brothers
Ask Click and Clack: Answers from Car Talk by Tom MagliozziWhats the perfect car for a pizza guy? Does that Check Engine light indicate a bona fide problem? And, should a teenager drive a minivan? The hilarious hosts of NPRs Car Talk answer all your car conundrums. For more than two decades, the Tappet brothers, a.k.a. Click and Clack, have been answering automotive questions in their highly successful column Click and Clack Talk Cars, syndicated in over 400 newspapers around the country. Collected here for the first time are 100 of the best questionsand, more importanttheir answers, with a smattering of wisecracks, sidesplitting anecdotes, and genuinely useful advice. Its for anyone with a sense of humor and a car.
Tom and Ray Magliozzi
Heard by more than 3 million listeners each week and carried on more than National Public Radio stations, the fast-paced call-in show has been lauded by the national news media since its debut. Both graduates of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, they began the show at WBUR in Boston in , where it soon attracted a strong local following. They took it to the NPR network, and a national audience, a decade later. In the brothers launched a highly successful newspaper column distributed nationally by King Features Syndicate. In , the brothers announced they were retiring from the radio show, and it has been heard in re-runs on NPR member stations since then. The Car Talk production team has been actively producing new shows built from the best of its 25 years of material — more than 1, shows — with some updates from the brothers. Search for:.
Car Talk is now heard by more than 4. Ray: As a matter of fact, for the very first show Tom was supposed to be part of a panel of car experts. The host was supposed to ask questions, but no one else showed up, so Tom asked if he could take calls from listeners. It was that simple, that serendipitous. The next week I came.
Tom Magliozzi, the legendary MIT-educated auto mechanic turned comedian and radio show host, will be memorialized with a plaque in Harvard Square on June 28, On June 28, Harvard Square will return the favor by honoring Tom. Not while the window is there! You could say that Dewey, Cheetham and Howe is still holding up the Square! The public is invited to the unveiling, taking place on DeGuglielmo Plaza located at 27 Brattle Street at p. Following the unveiling of the plaque, Ray Magliozzi will be on hand to say a few words, along with Car Talk producer Doug Berman, and other Cambridge dignitaries. A complimentary Italian supper of pasta and meatballs will be served family-style on red and white checkered table cloths for as long as it lasts.
But before Tom and Ray Magliozzi became Click and Clack, their radio pseudonyms, they were entrepreneurs. The siblings founded an automotive shop in Cambridge, Massachusetts after they both graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology years apart. When they were called in for a radio panel of auto mechanics, they had no idea they would eventually become household names. Here are just four business lessons every entrepreneur can learn from the life and endlessly entertaining moments of Tom Magliozzi's career. Sometimes you have to quit to succeed. I became a bum. I invented the concept of the do-it-yourself auto repair shop.
Their show was honored with a Peabody Award in Tom died on November 3, aged 77 in Belmont, Massachusetts  due to complications from Alzheimer's disease. Tom Magliozzi was born in East Cambridge, Massachusetts. 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. Ray taught science  in Bennington, Vermont for a few years before returning to Cambridge in He and Tom then opened a do-it-yourself repair shop named Hacker's Haven. Subsequently, the brothers converted the shop into a standard auto-repair shop named the Good News Garage.