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Pat McMahon

Updated Apr 10, 2014 - 7:13 am

Graduation day

Shocker! Most of us assume that teenagers these days know everything about sex.

Well, on Tuesday, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention released a report saying that more than 80 percent of youths aged 15 to 17 have had no formal sexual education before having their first sexual encounter.

Disturbing! Especially if we consider the potential problems that a lack of information can create. I'm a dedicated believer in sexual education. In fact, I've scheduled my first class for a week from Thursday.

Perhaps, I should explain.

I exclusively attended Catholic schools growing up, where sex education consisted of a short lecture called, "If you touch it, you will die!" For its time, it was rather effective.

Most of us in our all-boys high school knew absolutely nothing about anatomy, with the exception of those whose families had a subscription to National Geographic.

Were we better human beings in our ignorance? No! We were stupid and some of us were pregnant and diseased. Knowing is always better than not knowing, especially when it come to your pants.

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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