St. Peter must be wondering what’s all that racket at the Pearly Gates now that Tom Magliozzi has pulled up in a ramshackle old Chevy, laughing uproariously and shouting, “Don’t drive like my brother!”
The older half of the beloved National Public Radioshow Car Talk‘s “Click and Clack the Tappet Brothers,” is gone, meaning no one else is likely to make yakking and yucking it up about cars — cars, for Pete’s sake! — a laugh-a-minute riot ever again, even to people who couldn’t care less about cars.
“Click has lost his Clack,” tweet-mourned Arnie Siepel of NPR.
“Who knew carburetors could be so funny?” tweeted David Corn, Washington editor ofMother Jones.
So it went all afternoon Monday as the worlds of cars, comics and radio reacted to the passing of Magliozzi, who died of complications from Alzheimer‘s disease. He was 77.
In a statement announcing his brother’s death, brother Ray alluded to a familiar joke about the weekly puzzlers they always featured in the show.
“Turns out he wasn’t kidding. He really couldn’t remember last week’s puzzler,” Ray said. “We can be happy that he lived the life he wanted to live; goofing off a lot, talking to you guys every week and primarily laughing his ass off.”
That could be his brother’s epitaph: The one thing fans know most defined Tom was his infectious laugh.
Source: USA Today | Ann Oldenburg and Maria Puente