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.
Minnesotan Gordon Parks (1912-2006) became famous as the director of the 1971 hit film, Shaft. The blockbuster broke racial boundaries in the detective genre, featuring a Black actor in the lead. But Parks was more than a filmmaker. He had several careers. MN90 producer Marisa Helms tells us Parks was a self-made man and a self-taught musician, poet, and novelist. He was also the first African American photographer and essayist for Life Magazine, where he worked for nearly a quarter century. Photo: Gordon Parks, self-portrait, 1945, Courtesy The Gordon Parks Foundation.