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• Tom Magliozzi, who with his younger brother Ray hosted "Car Talk" on National Public Radio (NPR), has passed away of complications from Alzheimer's disease. He was 77.

The Magliozzi brothers - who called themselves Click and Clack, though they were unclear about who was who, started the show in Boston back in the mid-eighties, and moved it to NPR in 1987, ending original production in 2012, though the show lives on in repeats. At its peak, the show had an audience of more than four million listeners - the biggest audience of any NPR entertainment program.

The New York Times obit said this morning that "the weekly hourlong 'Car Talk,' which was broadcast for more than 30 years, was ostensibly about mechanical problems with cars, but the format was mainly an excuse for the brothers … to banter with callers about the mysteries of life, as viewed through an automotive prism: Why does a car suddenly stop working? Should I give this clunker one more chance? Why won’t my husband pay for a mechanic to fix our car?"

In a statement posted on the show's website, Ray Magliozzi wrote, "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."
KC's View:
I know nothing about cars, except that I like them with soft tops. I drove two Miatas for about 20 years, and only recently have upgraded - I'm now driving a 2014 Mustang convertible. (Must be an age thing. My daughter says I got my first Miata when I turned 40, my first Mustang when I turned 60, and when I turn 80, she's gonna get me a wheelchair.)

But I digress.

Even though I know almost nothing about cars, and don't even know how to change the oil, I have to say that I loved it when I'd be out on the car on a Saturday morning, and "Car Talk" would come on. I'd even try to extend whatever errands I was running, just so I could listen - because the Magliozzi were true originals. Funny, corny, and, actually, really smart. And they demonstrated how two people with passion can take pretty much any subject and make it interesting, even to people who know nothing about it. That's an important lesson … for all of us.