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Pat McMahon

Handling a pan

For years I played Ebenezer Scrooge in the annual KTAR radio production of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol."

I fear that from now on you're going to think of that as typecasting, because I have to confess, I really don't like the practice of panhandling.

While I am deeply sympathetic to anyone down on his luck, I continue to wonder how all those people with the handwritten signs on cardboard got to their seemingly assigned locations in the first place and how so many of them can afford cigarettes.

Just last week, I pulled up at a stop light and was the only car at the intersection. The enterprising gentleman with the obligatory sign stood and stared at me as if to intimidate me into a contribution.

One panhandler was even arrested over the weekend for using his wife and child to beg in a supermarket parking lot.

There are numerous charitable organizations who are here to provide help, but every one of those people I've interviewed say they don't give to panhandlers either.

I'm Pat McMahon.

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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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