I have been listening to Car Talk with "Click and Clack the Tappet Brothers" since I was a little girl. Through many life phases and various interest obsessions, none of which had to do with fixing cars, I have always found Car Talk to be hilarious, riveting, compassionate, honest, intelligent, down-to-earth and just plain enjoyable. Now I have my own family and we also listen to it in the car. I love how they focus on empowering people to take charge of their own situations before automatically passing it off to someone else. Do it yourself mentality at its best!
I was very sad to read today that Tom Magliozzi, the older of the two brothers (recognizable by his oft-appearing full-throated laugh) has passed away from complication of Alzheimer's at the age of 77. I highly recommend the linked article on NPR. It is a wonderful story of the two brothers and their road together. For example, I had no idea they went to MIT! Also listen to the audio samples - the toll booth one is classic Car Talk. Hilarious!
I will miss his voice, his sincerity and his laughter very much on the airwaves. Car Talk fans, let's also keep his brother in our thoughts during this very difficult time.