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Pat McMahon


A friend of mine came back to town on a visit last week and we went to lunch and asked for a table on the patio. After all, it's spring in Phoenix and the patio is the place to be.

As we were settling in with "catch-up" conversation, my friend began to smoke. I was shocked. This was a person of some intellectual prowess, a published journalist who not only was brazenly endangering his health, but callously ignoring the fact that smoking is not allowed in this restaurant.

When I abruptly reminded him, he passively told me that he wasn't smoking, he was "vaping." He smugly told me his electronic cigarette produced no smoke -- only vapor. Then, with double smugness, he shared with me the tantalizing fact that the nicotine liquid he was inhaling was raspberry flavor.

If that sounds attractive to you, please note that real raspberries are not toxic and the lab reports I've read say e-cigarettes can be.

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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