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Pat McMahon

Welcome home, Steven

Welcome home, Steven.

We would have missed you, but you never gave us the chance. Your films are like parts of our families.

Actually, I like some of your movies better than I like some of my relatives. I mean, I don't know anybody as cool as Indiana Jones. I had a boss once that I think of every so often when I watch "Jaws." And doesn't everyone want a role model-uncle like Lincoln?

Clearly, there's only one Steven with credits like that: The Valley's own Steven Spielberg. Oh, you didn't know he was a Phoenix kid, the pride of Arcadia High?

Well, actually he was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, but the family traveled a bit before settling down for a few years in Scottsdale.

Even as a kid and young teen he made movies - really good movies - but while he remembers those days fondly, he also remembers the bullying of the little Jewish kid.

When he appears with composer John Williams this Saturday night with the Phoenix Symphony, wouldn't it be great if some of those tormentors showed up at Symphony Hall wearing signs that read, "I'm sorry, Steven!"?

The rest of us are just happy to say, "Welcome home, Steven Spielberg."

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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