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Peter Steinmetz

Dr. Peter Steinmetz, you're the director of the neuroengineering program at Barrow Neurological Institute. That's impressive and with academic credentials like yours, I may have to ask if you would kindly use simple, layman's language when you answer a question of mine:

What the hell were you doing walking around Sky Harbor's Terminal 4 last Friday with an AR-15 assault rifle over your shoulder?

Yes, I know you told the police that it's your constitutional right and you're absolutely correct. In that part of the airport it is OK. It is also your right to walk through the terminal wearing a sequined thong but nobody wants to see that, either.

Gun enthusiasts also know you can, but probably wish you hadn't. It makes them look bad. I'm sure Barrow feels that way. Under most circumstances I could have excused it as the delusional act of someone with emotional problems, but it's the second time you did it.

Your excuse -- you just wanted a cup of coffee. Dr. Steinmetz, there are far easier places than an airport to find coffee. Starbucks requests you don't pick them.

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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