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"Car Talk" Co-Host Tom Magliozzi Dies of Alzheimer's at 77

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 11/3/2014 Alex Nishimoto

Tom Magliozzi, one half of the duo behind popular automotive radio show "Car Talk," died today from Alzheimer's disease at the age of 77.

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Magliozzi, along with his brother Ray, co-hosted the weekly NPR radio show for 35 years before retiring in 2012. The hosts were better known to listeners by the names "Click and Clack," and cracked jokes in between offering car advice to callers. Both hosts graduated from MIT, with Tom (pictured above at left) earning a degree in engineering. The two brothers, 12 years apart in age, eventually started a car repair business together, but not before Tom had a near-death experience that pushed him off his engineering career path. Car Talk Brothers© Provided by MotorTrend Car Talk Brothers

After an accident with a semi, Tom spent two years developing the concept of the do-it-yourself auto repair shop. He earned a doctoral degree in marketing, and opened his DIY shop, Hackers Heaven, in East Cambridge, Mass., with his brother in the early 1970s. There, amateur mechanics could rent space and equipment to work on their own cars. After a year, the business shifted to a more conventional repair shop.

The radio show came about by accident, when Ray received an offer to appear on local public radio station WBUR as part of a panel of mechanics. Ray passed the opportunity to his brother, who was the only one to show up for the program. The station liked Tom enough to ask him back for a second show, and this time younger brother Ray came along. By 1987, "Car Talk" could be heard anywhere in the U.S. on NPR.

Live episodes of "Car Talk" stopped airing in 2012, reportedly because Tom wanted to retire. With the host's diagnosis of Alzheimer's now brought to light, it's likely that had something to do with the show ending as well. Past episodes of the show have aired for the last two years, and Ray wants to continue doing so in memory of his brother.

Source: NPR

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