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Pat McMahon

Updated Nov 22, 2013 - 6:32 am


Only a few hours from now, at 11:30 a.m. in 1963, we lost a president and our innocence.

We have been submerged this week in Kennedy everything. Camelot, the assassination and its aftermath.

It seems that, cumulatively, most profiles of JFK leave us with the thought that, while his presidency did not fill an entire term, he will still be memorialized as one of America's greatest.

Part of that certainly is the shocking way it all came to an end. Some of the sanctification was directly linked to the glamor factor -- Jack, Jackie, the kids, PT-109, football on the beach at Hyannis Port.

But in reality, he was heavily criticized on a number of journalistic fronts about issues ranging from the Bay of Pigs to Vietnam to inaction on civil rights. He was far from perfect, personally and politically, but the eternal flame will always burn in his memory.

And while I loathe conspiracy stories of any kind, how do I explain Texas Gov. John Connally, the other casualty in the Kennedy limo that day, telling me on the radio he believed there was another gunman and then a few years later denying that he ever said it?

The not knowing still bothers me.

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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