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Pat McMahon

Updated Jan 2, 2013 - 12:26 pm

Is 2013 going to be any different from years past?

Remember the Frank Sinatra classic with the lyric, "When I was 21, it was a very good year?"

And you know, looking back, it was. Republicans and Democrats got business done by -- now get this -- by speaking to each other with respect and the country never seemed to get close to a fiscal cliff.

Now all of us feel like Thelma and Louise every morning when we wake up.

When I was 21, I knew people who owned guns. My father had a hunting rifle. I never was aware of any one who felt the need for a privately-owned arsenal. You know, if we could use flame-throwers for hunting, we could just cook the venison on the spot.

Even as a young man I remember zealots predicting the end of the world. This time apparently the Mayans were wrong. Even Warren Jeffs of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints said it's coming. But what if Warren Jeffs turns out to be a Mayan?

It used to be that players and coaches stayed with one team. Now, everyone has their names on their uniforms just so we know who's on our side.

Of course, some things go on forever. The Arabs and Israelis are still screaming at one another with threats of destruction.

Oh, I'm sorry. That's Congress.

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 talkshows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The McMahon Group" features an unpredictable all-star panel where three people from the community get together and give their thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's where he talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multifaceted 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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