Tom Magliozzi Dead: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Tom Magliozzi, the host of NPR’s Car Talk with his brother, Ray, has died at the age of 77. He had been suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. His death was first announced in an NPR obituary.

Here’s what you need to know:


1. He & His Brother Ray Were Known as ‘The Tappet Brothers’

The NPR obit says that Magliozzi and his brother, Ray, became famous as “Click and Clack the Tappet Brothers” on their show, Car Talk. The two brothers were born in East Cambridge, Massachusetts.


2. Magliozzi Was an MIT Graduate

He graduated from MIT in 1958. While he was a student there, Magliozzi also served in the Army Reserve and spent some time in an Air Force ROTC. Then in 1999, the Magliozzi brothers were called back to their alma-mater to give the school’s commencement address.


3. Since 1987, He’s Had a National Radio Show

The Magliozzi brothers went national with their radio show in 1987 when it was picked up by National Public Radio. The two retired from their full-time schedule in 2012.


4. He Appeared in the Pixar Movie Cars

In 2006, the two brothers took their schtick worldwide when they each played parts in the Pixar smash-hit animated movie, Cars. In the film, Tom Magliozzi played the part of Rusty, a Dodge minivan.


5. He’s Survived by His 3 Kids

According to The Los Angeles Times report on Magliozzi’s death, he is survived by his children, Lyida, Alex and Anna. He was divorced from his kid’s mother, Julia, but had lived with his partner, Sylvia Soderberg for some time.