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Pat McMahon

Updated Apr 3, 2014 - 6:37 am

One more step

When I was a kid, people were terrified that anyone in their family could be stricken with polio and become a lifelong victim of what was called infantile paralysis.

The public felt helpless, keeping their kids out of schools, movie theaters, ballgames and anywhere there were crowds and possible contagion. How can anyone feel safe around a disease that could infect anyone, even a United States president?

The March of Dimes raised millions for research and also to help with the cost of wheelchairs and those breathing machines they called "iron lungs."

Then all the money and research finally paid off when Dr. Jonas Salk created the final breakthrough with his vaccine. Now, you get a shot -- you don't get polio.

On Tuesday, you did your part, Arizona, with your pledges during KTAR's Action For Autism broadcast. Autism is a complex series of mysteries, just as polio was. It may not be anything like a vaccine, but remarkable things always happen when remarkable people like you get together with the equally remarkable people at SARRC (Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center).

Together, we raised $360,000.

How remarkable.

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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