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    The Car Talk guy

    I guess almost everyone know that Tom Magliozzi of Click and Clack fame passed away the other day. I used to enjoy listening to Car Talk even after I started the using a bicycle to get around town.

    My surprise when reading a Bicycling Magazine article that Tom was a carfree person. Seems unlikely, but here's a New Yorker article where he states he doesn't own a car and uses a bicycle. The 2002 article is about his opinion of the SUV phenomenon.
    Drive Small - The New Yorker

    RIP Tom Magliozzi.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gerv View Post
    I guess almost everyone know that Tom Magliozzi of Click and Clack fame passed away the other day. I used to enjoy listening to Car Talk even after I started the using a bicycle to get around town.

    My surprise when reading a Bicycling Magazine article that Tom was a carfree person. Seems unlikely, but here's a New Yorker article where he states he doesn't own a car and uses a bicycle. The 2002 article is about his opinion of the SUV phenomenon.
    Drive Small - The New Yorker

    RIP Tom Magliozzi.
    Never would have thunk it. Yes, RIP.

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    I listened to them a few times back in the day, despite my animosity toward cars, and found them to be hilarious. Only recently did I learn that they favored progressive steps like higher fuel efficiency standards and investment in public transport.

    I can't stand their boorish British counterpart, Jeremy Clarkson.
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    It's the end of an era, alright. At least Wait Wait sin't going anywhere(I hope)...

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    It was a great show and two very interesting hosts. I enjoyed hundreds of their programs over the many years they were on NPR. Although they loved cars, Tom and Ray were never proponents of the perverted auto-centric society we live in.


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    That has been my favorite radio show for many, many, years.

    R.I.P. Tommy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ekdog View Post
    I can't stand their boorish British counterpart, Jeremy Clarkson.
    He and the other two are funny. I enjoy Top Gear ... we watch it just about every week.

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    I don't equate Top Gear with Car Talk. They are very different in every way except subject matter.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Roody View Post
    I don't equate Top Gear with Car Talk. They are very different in every way except subject matter.
    I've never seen or heard of Car Talk ... but I do watch Jeremy Clarkson on Top Gear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ekdog View Post
    I listened to them a few times back in the day, despite my animosity toward cars, and found them to be hilarious. Only recently did I learn that they favored progressive steps like higher fuel efficiency standards and investment in public transport.

    I can't stand their boorish British counterpart, Jeremy Clarkson.
    Interestingly enough... Clarkson and his crew are also fairly supportive of cycling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gerv View Post
    I guess almost everyone know that Tom Magliozzi of Click and Clack fame passed away the other day. I used to enjoy listening to Car Talk even after I started the using a bicycle to get around town.

    My surprise when reading a Bicycling Magazine article that Tom was a carfree person. Seems unlikely, but here's a New Yorker article where he states he doesn't own a car and uses a bicycle. The 2002 article is about his opinion of the SUV phenomenon.
    Drive Small - The New Yorker

    RIP Tom Magliozzi.
    Interesting.

    On NPR, they said when he did drive, it was at 35 miles per hour! You cannot enjoy driving at that speed because today's motorist will want to run you off the road!

    Even though both were good radio hosts, I found the show boring because it was all about people with all sorts of costly motor problems. I really couldn't undstand most of what was being said I'm that motor illiterate. Regardless, I'm surprised he was carfree.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver View Post
    Interestingly enough... Clarkson and his crew are also fairly supportive of cycling.
    This woman disagrees:

    Top Gear: Cyclist’s widow tells Jeremy Clarkson: 'Look me in the eye'

    Smug, car-bashing cyclist and public transport user.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Machka View Post
    I've never seen or heard of Car Talk ... but I do watch Jeremy Clarkson on Top Gear.
    I guess you don't have much to contribute to this thread then. Of course you could find Car Talk episodes online if you cared to. You would probably enjoy it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ekdog View Post
    That's shocking! I can't imagine the Tappet Brothers putting out bull**** like Top Gear about cycling.


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    I've found a huge number of Car Talk episodes on TuneIn Android app. I just listened to the tribute show for Tom. Really sad, despite what his brother Ray tried to do to liven the mood.

    I hope NPR leaves them available for us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roody View Post
    I guess you don't have much to contribute to this thread then. Of course you could find Car Talk episodes online if you cared to. You would probably enjoy it.
    I stopped listening to Car Talk years ago. Their constant obnoxious guffawing at their own jokes grated on my nerves and the noise level of the bellowing outweighed the otherwise enjoyable repartee.

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    I love Car Talk and hope that NPR continue to air the repeats. Many people don't realize that they actually stopped recording new shows over two years ago when Tom first developed Alzheimer symptoms. All of the airings over the last 2 years have been pieced together from previous shows.

    It's rare in my opinion to find such genuine warmth, intelligence and humor on TV/Radio. I enjoyed their brotherly banter and I also appreciated not having to endure crude innuendo disguised as humor.

    I'll miss Tommy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Machka View Post
    I've never seen or heard of Car Talk ... but I do watch Jeremy Clarkson on Top Gear.
    I've never heard Car Talk, but I did meet one of them at a SEMA show. SEMA is the dark heart of car-loving.


    I do have to confess to enjoying Wheeler Dealers on YouTube.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Artkansas View Post
    I've never heard Car Talk, but I did meet one of them at a SEMA show. SEMA is the dark heart of car-loving.
    SEMA is for the happy heart; not the simple minded ascetic.
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    Back on track this is about Tom Magliozzi, passing away. Respect that. Rest in Peace, Tom.
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    What I said. SEMA is a festival of car-loving and car-addiction.

    I've never met a simple-minded ascetic, though some are single-minded. Most were just happy and didn't need more.
    "He who serves all, best serves himself" Jack London

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    I don't care if you are on a unicycle, as long as you're not using a motor to get places you get props from me. We're here to support each other. Share ideas, and motivate one another to actually keep doing it.

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    I love Car Talk and miss having new episodes, I often wished that there was a similar show for cyclists (Bike Talk any one?). I think I remember hearing that he did not drive, but I thought it was because he just could not give up his old MG! Maybe he could have done a spin-off for bicycles?!

    Ah, what could have been...

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    Tom and Ray Magliozzi, co-hosts of NPR’s long-running show Car Talk

    You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
    You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
    You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
    You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down.
    You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 300# Gorilla View Post
    I love Car Talk and miss having new episodes, I often wished that there was a similar show for cyclists (Bike Talk any one?).
    +1

    There are a number of good videos on YouTube on bicycle commuting and transportation. However, there is nothing close to CarTalk for cyclists. I would listen for ten minutes simply for them and not really care what the issues were.

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