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“Dear Click and Clack,

I am writing to offer profound thanks to you for resolving an important philosophical question that has been heatedly debated for the last twenty years. The rumination began on a construction site one summer in the early 1970's, as my friend Jamie and I were working our way through college. The question we raised and have agonized over, lo these many years, is one that I've never read about in any philosophical treatise, and yet I have found it has applied to countless situations and conversations overheard in bars, repair shops, sporting events, political debates, etc. etc. etc.

Posit the question: Do two people who don't know what they are talking about know more or less than one person who doesn't know what he's talking about? (Pardon the un-PC masculine pronoun, but I have found this to be, most predominately, a male phenomenon.)

In your recent conversations regarding electric brakes on a cattle carrier, I believe you definitely answered this query and have put our debate to rest. Amazingly enough, you proved that even in a case where one person might know nothing about a subject, it is possible for two people to know even less!

One person will only go so far out on a limb in his construction of deeply hypothetical structures, and will often end with a shrug or a raising of hands to indicate the dismissability of his particular take on a subject. With two people, the intricacies, the gives and takes, the wherefores and why-nots, can become a veritable pas-de-deux of breathtaking speculation, interwoven in such a way that apologies or gestures of doubt are rendered unnecessary.

I had always suspected this was the case, but no argument I could have built from my years of observation would have so satisfyingly closed the door on the subject as your performance on the cattle carrier call. To begin your comments by saying, "We'll answer your question if you tell us how electric brakes work" and "We've never heard of electric brakes" and then indulge in lengthy theoretical hypostulations on the whys and wherefores of the caller's problem allowed me to observe that you were finally putting this gnarly question to rest.

I am forever indebted to you for the great service you have performed! I'm truly impressed that it took so many years of listening to your show to finally have this matter resolved.”
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september 2016 by migurski
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One day, I'm going to run into Ray at Harvard Square.
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september 2016 by bgarlock
Tom Magliozzi June 28, 1937 - November 3, 2014
WBUR has been the proud home of Car Talk for more than 35 years -- and we are sad to share the news that Car Talk co-host, friend and colleague Tom Magliozzi passed away this morning due to complications from Alzheimer's disease.
NPR  Car  Talk  CarTalk  Obituary  comedy 
november 2014 by jmello
Blog Post | Tom Magliozzi 1937-2014 | Car Talk
Tom Magliozzi who, along with his brother Ray, hosted NPR’s hit comedy show Car Talk for the last 37 years, died Monday morning from complications of Alzheimer’s Disease. “Turns out he wasn’t kidding,” said Ray. “He really couldn’t remember last week’s puzzler.” 
CarTalk  NPR  comedy  Car  Talk 
november 2014 by jmello
Tom Magliozzi, Co-Host of NPR's 'Car Talk,' Dies at 77 | Hacker News
(Please don’t invent quotes and write them as a separate paragraph – it looks as though I wrote the inflammatory text, when in fact I meant nothing of the kind.)
I thought that this news meant the show was ending and was surprised to read that actually the show would not change. So I thought I’d highlight this fact.
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november 2014 by insaneirish
In memory of Tom Magliozzi, here are some of our...
In memory of Tom Magliozzi, our fav @cartalk photos
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november 2014 by chetan
Car Talk - My Government Vehicle Shakes at 17,500 MPH - YouTube
RT : R.I.P. Tom Magliozzi of thank you for troubleshooting the for astronaut John Grunsfeld:
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november 2014 by davidglidden
Tom Magliozzi, Co-Host Of NPR’s Car Talk, Dead At 77 | TechCrunch
The show has been in re-runs for the past two years while Tom battled the Alzheimer’s that eventually killed him. His was a generous and beautiful mind and we could all learn a thing or two from him when we explain this brave new world to people new to its wonders.
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november 2014 by jmello

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