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Pat McMahon

Death by mail

Unpleasant as the subject is, let's talk about death.

Not death in the streets of Boston, or deaths caused by firearms. Could we concentrate, for just a moment, on death by mail.

Of course, you know by now that a number of U.S. officials have been sent letters said to have contained the deadly poison ricin. How deadly? Spill a few grains of table salt. That's enough ricin to kill a good size adult human being.

You may have some in your garden. Ricin comes from castor beans. It's in the stuff that's left over from manufacturing castor oil and if you remember how nasty that was when you were a kid, ricin is a lot nastier. If you're exposed, you may only have a week to live. There's no antidote.

So, if you're not the president or a senator, why should you care?

Well, who doesn't like you? Who have you made angry, deranged enough to want to kill you? Who have I upset with these commentaries that would want to murder me by mail? Upsetting to think about? You bet. But these are the days when we all have to fear "going postal."

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 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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