Pat, who is going on 107 years old, says she was surprised that her difficulty breathing was caused by a heart problem, not her lungs.
Robert Rivkin, aka “Bobby Z,” is a drummer and producer from St. Louis Park. He started drumming at a young age, and along with his brother, taught himself studio production. Rivkin drummed with Prince and the Revolution through the early ’80s, and witnessed first-hand the rise of the popular Minnesota singer. He was also at the helm of the “Minneapolis Sound,” which showcased funk, rock and R&B. Since recovering from a heart attack, Rivkin has focused on raising heart-health awareness, and stages an annual benefit for his organization, My Purple Heart. This story was produced for KFAI by Danny Sigelman.
Gina Marie Bernard grew up in northern Minnesota and teaches high school english in Bemidji. She credits her mother and grandmother with teaching her all the important lessons that she is still exploring in her poetry. The Beat is a daily reminder that, in Minnesota poetry matters, and Minnesota poets prove that every day.