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Pat McMahon

Updated Aug 16, 2013 - 7:15 am

Remembering Pearl Harbor

Mr. Sulu, the senior helmsman aboard the USS Starship Enterprise, safely traversed much of the universe on "Star Trek," successfully warding off alien beings who intended to abruptly end his "five-year voyage."

But do you know who took actor George Takei prisoner? The United States government in 1942, when he was 5.

I was reminded of this sad story, this embarrassing part of American History last weekend on "CBS Sunday Morning."

He and his Japanese-American family were ordered out of their Los Angeles home at gunpoint by U.S. soldiers and relocated to a camp in the agricultural backwater of Arkansas.

What were they guilty of that could explain such treatment? The same thing that more than 100,000 other Americans were guilty of. They were born with eyes shaped differently than the rest of us and names like the people who bombed Pearl Harbor.

It had to be that because our other World War II enemies, the Germans and Italians with eyes like ours had no camps. The Takei family were captives for four years. Sulu has gone where no one has gone before.

May George Takei's journey be one no one ever takes again.

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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