'Car Talk' host Tom Magliozzi made us laugh about life, with cars

Tom Magliozzi and 'Car Talk' were infectious and incessantly funny – enough to pull in listeners who didn't give a hoot about cars otherwise. Magliozzi, who died Monday, was MIT educated, a former college professor, and co-owner of a do-it-yourself repair shop, among other things.

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Tom Magliozzi, co-host with his brother Ray of National Public Radio's 'Car Talk' show, poses with a caricature of himself in Cambridge, Mass. in 2008. NPR says Magliozzi died Monday, Nov. 3, 2014.

Car Talk, as any regular listener could attest, wasn’t so much about fixing cars as much it was about dissecting the interpersonal issues and hangups that often accompanied breakdowns, repairs, or vehicle choices. 

Cars were—and are—a lens toward understanding a lot of our relationships in life. And we haven’t heard anyone else break it down, in such a smart, incessantly funny way, than Tom and Ray Magliazzi did on Car Talk.

Tom Magliozzi, who died Monday, was MIT educated, a former college professor, and co-owner of a do-it-yourself repair shop, among other things. And yes, his laughter was infectious—enough to pull in those who didn’t give a hoot about cars otherwise.

Ray, with the Magliozzi family, has extended an invitation for listeners to make a donation to the Alzeimer’s Association or their favorite NPR station in Tom’s memory.

The laughter lives on in reruns on the radio, and in episodes you can stream at CarTalk.com. Read more about Magliozzi’s life, including some great remembrances, with the links below:

'Car Talk' Co-Host Tom Magliozzi Dies At 77

Tom Magliozzi, Popular Co-Host Of NPR's 'Car Talk,' Dies At 77

Tom Magliozzi: As Warm In Real Life As He Was On The Radio

Fans And Colleagues Remember 'Car Talk' Host Tom Magliozzi

Tom Magliozzi 1937-2014

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