"Local legend" doesn't quite do John Bernadot justice--he's been everywhere and done everything, locally and nationally. He's performed alongside the Everly Brothers, the Beach Boys, Elvis and the Beatles. And he's been dead before! He's the man of live-radio, the guy on the float, your friend at the coffeeshop...and a man that someone should write a story about.
To hear the words come from John Bernadot's mouth, it's almost hard to believe.
"I'm almost kind of glad it happened," John said.
"It" was a stroke the popular Winona area singer, musician and humorist suffered while doing his weekly radio broadcast. The stroke nearly killed him, but John says it helped him realize and appreciate all the people his life and music have touched.
"I've had an amazing life," said John. "I still have all of that, but now I've turned into a guy who died and came back. The things the stroke affected are now coming back day by day."