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Pat McMahon

Mourning the extinction of the domestic Twinkie

Humanity has been responsible for the eradication of species, some now extinct.

All too many, like our whales, are endangered, but let us all point an accusing finger at the one single element of our society personally guilty of the disappearance of a beloved part of our lives: the union responsible for the bancruptcy that has led to a loss that has shaken civilization as we know it -- no longer will we or our children have the joy and comfort of -- the domestic Twinkie.

The Hostess baking conglomerate is going out of business and with it go Twinkies, Ding Dongs and the universally recognizable Hostess Cupcake. That's like telling Americans Larry, Moe and Curly never existed.

Arizonans who were lucky enough to grow up here, know that Twinkies were an essential part of a Ladmo Bag, the quintesential childhood prize. You think a kid watching the "Wallace and Ladmo Show" every day would look forward to getting an English muffin or zweiback toast in his bag?

As the last Twinkie sinks slowly over the horizon, please note the only person smiling is Jenny Craig.

I'm Pat McMahon.

About the Author


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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