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Pat McMahon

Updated Feb 12, 2014 - 6:35 am


Please write down the following information: In 2013, there were 3,960 recorded incidents of people on the ground shining lasers at airplane cockpits.

If you are one of those people, go immediately to a telephone, call a neurosurgeon and request a lobotomy at his earliest convenience. If you don't understand why it's wrong to shine lasers at planes, just ask the doctor to remove the whole brain since you are obviously not using it.

Tuesday, the FBI announced a federal crackdown on the practice, offering a $10,000 reward for anyone reporting someone who points a laser at a plane or helicopter. The campaign is concentrating on population centers where the problem has been most serious: Portland, Houston, Los Angeles and -- yep, we made it -- Phoenix!

If further explanation is needed, laser light can temporarily blind a person. If that person happens to be piloting a plane, that's not good! Good is recognizing grown-ups should not cause plane crashes. You're making real progress.

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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