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‘Click and Clack’ Will Deliver 1999 Commencement Speech

By Frank Dabek

The Tappet brothers, ‘Click and Clack,’ of National Public Radio’s Car Talk fame, have been selected as MIT’s next commencement speakers.

Known as Tom and Ray Magliozzi to those who don’t listen to the show, the two are graduates of MIT. Tom Magliozzi graduated in 1958 with a degree in economics while his brother took a humanities degree in 1972.

President Charles M. Vest said, “We’re proud and excited that Tom and Ray Magliozzi will be returning to their alma mater as Commencement speakers.” He said that the brothers “rank among MIT’s best-known and best-loved graduates.”

Student leaders tickled by choice

Pooja Shukla ’99, president of the graduating class, said that Click and Clack were a “hilarious pair.” Shukla thinks that “the class will be really pleased to have a unique and genuinely fun commencement.” She said that the brothers “can speak to the intellectual side of the audience as well as the playful side.”

Graduate Student Council President Brian J. Schneider G also praised the selection of a humorous speaker: “I’m excited to see a little humor visit MIT at this year’s commencement. The last couple of years have been pretty serious and I think MIT is in serious need of humor.”

Ray operates Cambridge garage

Tom Magliozzi earned a Ph.D. in management from Boston University and served as an associate professor at Suffolk University for five years before leaving to take up Car Talk full time.

Ray Magliozzi continues to operate the Good News Garage in Cambridge.

Between the two of them, the brothers have taken Physics I (8.01) a total of four times.

Commencement speakers in recent years have included President Clinton, David Ho, and UN Secretary General Kofi Annan.