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Pat McMahon

Updated Feb 10, 2014 - 1:32 pm

Bear facts

Boy, did you see the mini-travelogue about Russia before the Olympic opening ceremony Friday? It was awesome, majestic and a totally different view than the recent stories about bad plumbing and shabby accommodations in Sochi.

I have a third perspective and it's a question that lingers based on my own experiences there and those of Russian friends. The question is simply, why does a historic nation, like Russia, with all its scientific, academic and artistic accomplishments, have such a difficult time with the simple things in life? Joe Adamov, a Russian broadcaster with years on radio Moscow, visited me once in Phoenix and went to Biltmore Fashion Park to buy a necktie.

He came out of the shop perplexed, saying, "There were dozens of choices of ties in there, and only one clerk. In Russia, we'd have a dozen salespeople, but just one tie." He once told me that Americans complain if it takes a house painter more than a day to finish the whole job. In Moscow, they wait three months for 10 painters to do an apartment badly.

Even with a czar like Putin, life doesn't operate easily. Subways are like art galleries, but I couldn't find a cab. I was told to just flag down a car -- one would stop -- but I shouldn't take it if it was the Russian mafia. What?

Churchill called Russia an enigma wrapped in a mystery. True. But we must never forget how good the vodka is!

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 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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