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Pat McMahon

Tricked out

It happens to me every year around this time.

I had this dream that it was Halloween night and I had the strangest trick-or-treaters come to my house. I remember, just as I feel into a deep sleep, that I heard someone knocking. When I opened the door, there was this giant crow wearing an ASU shirt, attempting to strangle a small antelope. Right behind them was Kathleen Sebelius, who apologized for bothering me, and when I asked if she wanted some candy, she said no, but said I could have all the health care I wanted, but I might have to wait a while.

Then along came someone in a Henny Penny costume waving a Tea Party flag screaming, "The sky is falling!"

"The whole sky?" I asked, and Henny Penny replied, "No, only the part on the left."

Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne was also in my driveway, because he said he had backed into my car, but he didn't offer to pay for the repairs.

The dream continued with someone I didn't recognize: It was one of this year's Phoenix Suns. And suddenly there, on the lawn, was the President of the United States. I asked him why he wasn't in costume like everyone else. He said, "I didn't know I was supposed to. Nobody tells me anything."

I'm Pat McMahon.

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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 talk-shows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The Mc Mahon Group" features a very unpredictable all-star panel where 3 people from the community get together and give there thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's which talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multi-faceted 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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