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Pat McMahon

Pool Losers

I hate to be the one to ask you something as personal as this, but is this the weekend you lose your child to that tempting, seductive killer -- the swimming pool?

Oh, I know there's nothing fundamentally evil about the pool itself. It's just sitting there. Just as there's nothing fundamentally evil about you when you're just sitting there, watching a ball game, while your toddler goes out in the yard to play.

You were sure that someone else was watching, because you're a good parent. You would never let anything happen to any child in a pool. And there's always someone who knows where the kids are at all times.

All of them are with you, watching the ball game. Except the baby. Where's the baby?

What's that in the bottom of the pool?

That's how sudden it can happen to the best of families, like friends of ours whose 4-year-old stood on a chair, unlocked the pool gate and will be 4-years-old forever.

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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