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Updated Aug 20, 2013 - 8:43 am

Menus and McMahon: Goodbye to Sportsman's

Restaurants come and go all the time, but when it's a staple in the community since the 1950s, like Sportsman's Fine Wine and Spirits has been, it's a bit harder to swallow.

I have been a fan of Sportsman's for many years, so when I heard that they were closing their doors, I was sad. Over time the restaurant has seen a few different owners and now will be owned by Mark Tarbell.

Tarbell, owner of Tarbell's right next door to Sportsman's, is also well-known in the Valley. While I look forward to seeing what he does with the space, I hope he remembers what the restaurant has meant to so many of us in the Valley.

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He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talk-shows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The Mc Mahon Group" features a very unpredictable all-star panel where 3 people from the community get together and give there thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's which talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multi-faceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.

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