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Pat McMahon

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Here we are only one week into October and ahead are some special days for a lot of people.

Italian-Americans will be celebrating Columbus Day, Canadians will be having their Thanksgiving and, of course at the end of the month, Halloween.

But all of October is devoted to reminding us we all have something in real life more frightening than all those ghouls, witches and monsters combined.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and isn't it sad that we have to devote any amount of time to something as unthinkable, as unjust as a man striking, threatening, terrifying someone who is sharing his life.

And if your reaction to all of that is that none of us who live in the civilized world understand how you were forced into slapping her. That your life with her is so unbearable that's the only way she'll behave the way you want. That sometimes she goad's you until you lose control. How can anybody blame you?

I won't, if you do the same thing to your boss whenever you're angry with him. Otherwise, October for you is cowardly bully month and you're a bum.

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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