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Pat McMahon

Un-necessaries

I think we're all very lucky to be living in a period in which leisure time is so readily available, because technology has created so many products that are done before we get them.

I mean there was a time when our families baked bread and canned vegetables. It's a little thing, but I'm glad I can just go to the supermarket and pick out my loaf of white or rye and expect it to be sliced. I don't give a second thought to taking cans of corn off a shelf or peas out of the freezer rather than going down to the cellar for them.

But can't this removal of effort sometimes go too far? This is Easter weekend and I just saw a display of pre-colored eggs for sale at a market. These were real eggs in the dairy case that had already been dipped in dye.

Doesn't that sort of destroy the point of coloring eggs for Easter?

I've never understood pre-made iced tea, either. Water, a tea bag and heat ... that's all you need. Next, someone will come up with a car that drive itself.

What? Oh, sorry!

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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