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Pat McMahon

Dropping out

Here's a reminder to all the parents and grandparents putting money aside to go toward college costs.

Naturally, there's tuition, books, a dorm room and don't forget their burial expenses. Funerals can be very costly if you don't plan ahead.

Are you wondering why I'm talking about death when it comes to an 18 or 19-year-old student? Well, I'm talking about Arizona State University freshman Naomi McClendon, who fatally fell 10 stories after attending an all-you-can-drink party put on by a banned fraternity.

That's too bad, but it's an isolated incident and you did a little under-age drinking when you were in college and it didn't hurt you, you say.

Well, it may have hurt University of Arizona freshman Michael Anderson who, last Friday, was attempting to climb a tower on top of a three-story residence hall.

He fell and was declared dead at the scene. The cause is being investigated.

Did I mention the fraternity pledge, Jack Culiolias, illegally served at a Tempe bar last year and whose body was found in the Salt River? Please, mom and dad: Talk to your kids about that other dangerous drug -- alcohol.

Don't shrug and say, "Kids will be kids." If that's your attitude, "Kids will be dead kids!"

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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