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Pat McMahon

Updated Dec 11, 2012 - 2:40 pm

Let's leave Powerball winner alone...wait, $192 million?

So much for privacy and so much for anonymity.

Last week's Arizona Powerball winner of $192 million simply asked for privacy; that his name not be released publically as is allowed by Arizona law. That lasted about 72 hours because that winner, Matthew Good of Fountain Hills, Ariz., was not informed by anyone that, in our modern world, there is no such thing as privacy.

Haven't most of us considered the ramifications of disclosing to the world that we had suddenly become the recipients of enormous wealth, riches beyond anything we can spend in a lifetime?

Instantly, we would be beseiged by relatives we never knew, charities who would attempt to shame us into a contribution and infinite investment opportunities. And as we gained the needy and the greedy, we would no doubt lose a little respect for mankind.

We not only know that his name is Matthew Good, we know where he lives, where he used to live and the names of his family members. Matthew Good, I hope you can escape our society's materialistic mercenaries.

Hey! Wait a minute! Matthew, I used to play a cowboy named Marshall Good. We could be related.

Call me!

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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