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This Oct. 1, 2012 file photo shows actor Christopher Walken at the premiere of "Seven Psychopaths" in Los Angeles. NBC says Christopher Walken will play Captain Hook in the network's live version of "Peter Pan." NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt told a TV critics' meeting Sunday, July 13, 2014, that the Oscar-winning actor will bring his own spin to the role. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)

When the tensions all over the Middle East are so dangerously unpredictable, when dictators still treacherously rule, I think it's time to concentrate, for just a little while, on another place.

Join me, if you will, as I apply for citizenship in Never Never Land.

Tuesday I did a TV interview with a young actor currently playing Peter Pan at the Arizona Broadway Theatre. I commented that a local production had just been done, about a month ago, at the Herberger and that there are movies and now NBC is about to present a follow-up to its live, enormously successful "Sound of Music."

Yep! "Peter Pan," with Christopher Walken as Captain Hook.

But, why this story? Why those characters so vibrantly alive all this time since 1902? Do you think there's something universally magical about a boy -- even one played by a girl -- who never wants to grow up?

I suppose to find the answer I'd have to go to Never Never Land. Want to join me? Second star to the right -- then straight on till morning.

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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