It is with great sadness that I share the news that my older
brother and co-host, Tom, has passed away at the age of 77, from
complications of Alzheimer’s disease. His decline was very quick, and
it caught us all by surprise.
Even in my grief, I am thankful for a number of things. One is
that Tom really lived the life he wanted to live. He spent his time
inventing zany theories, talking to you guys every week on the radio
show, and primarily, laughing his butt off. Now there’s a life.
I’m also grateful that Tom spent so much of his life with me in
front of a microphone. So we will always have thousands of hours of the
two of us taking calls from our listeners, and having as much fun as
any two people should be allowed to have at something called “work." I
can think of no better tribute to him than allowing people to continue
to listen to these programs.
Finally, I am grateful that I have so many of you with whom to
share my sadness this week. Many of you welcomed us both into your
homes and cars, and enjoyed visiting with us as much as we enjoyed
visiting with you, and making your car problems worse.
If you have thoughts or remembrances you wish to share, I invite you to do so here.
Or, if you’re otherwise inclined, in lieu of flowers or rotten fish,
I’m sure Tom would be honored if you decided to make a small
contribution to your favorite public radio station or to the Alzheimer's
Association in his memory.
We’re using our website, www.cartalk.com, as our communal gathering place this week, so please join us there if you like.