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Pat McMahon

Updated Aug 13, 2014 - 7:48 am

The Big D

"Boy, have I felt depressed ever since I saw that tearjerker movie."

"Have you noticed how depressing the news is these days?"

We've all heard or said things just like that, haven't we? But the casual use of the "D" word in that context tends to minimize the catastrophic nature of the actual condition -- clinical depression.

That's what removed the genius of Robin Williams' brilliant comedy from our universe. That's what was responsible for the suicide death of my friend and bandmate Mike Condello.

No manic need for approval for Mike. He was a gifted, laid-back, whimsical Italian elf who seemed without a care, especially since he was about to be married.

And then he shot himself in the head.

Most of us didn't even know he took the medication he had run out of. And now all we have is Mike's music and Robin Williams' remarkable performances.

Robin Williams was an alcoholic. Mike Condello didn't drink, but the one thing they had in common besides their creative gifts? A physical condition called clinical depression. That's not the same as "sad."

Sad is what we are feeling, because they're both gone.

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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