RFT's 5 Favorite Tweeters in St. Louis


The Greek philosopher Heraclitus famously said, "You cannot step twice into the same stream." Nor can you click twice into the same Twitter.

But the following five members of our city's Twattering class seem like a good read every time we wade in -- if for only 135 characters.

5. Zack Stovall - @ZStovall -- comedian/weirdo

We're still not quite sure what Zack Stovall does for a living -- standup comedy? Sell cartoons? Breakdance on cardboard? No matter. He'll find some nonsense to tweet. Always.

4. Jennifer Joyce -- @JenniferJoyceCA -- Circuit Attorney in the City of St. Louis

Clearly, Jennifer Joyce aims to steal our hearts: Not only is she reaching out to the news media more and more, and not only does her cell phone rock to the ringtone of Stevie Wonder's "Living for the City." She's also been tweeting up a storm.

3. Le-A -- @LeDASHa007 -- boozer/sexual-harasser/genius

Le-A speaks for herself. So we'll let her.

2. Richard Callow -- @publiceyestl -- political insider

Goofy one-liner here, wink-and-a-nudge there, followed by a calling of bullshit and a subtle pun -- all whilst he's walking into the office. Richard Callow is an omnivorous, high-performance Twitter machine.

1. Patricia Bynes -- @patricialicious -- Democratic committeewoman for Ferguson Township

We just named her Best Tweeter in our Best of St. Louis 2012 issue! Because she saved a cat:

Patricia Bynes, a Democratic committeewoman from Ferguson, Tweets. A lot. It's often political, so not everybody is going to like what she's chirping about. But one time she did something unbeTweetable: She saved a freakin' kitten. "I was walking down the street & heard a cat meowing. It took me awhile to figure it out," her first Tweet read, accompanied by a photo of a sewer grate, with the words "DO NOT FEED CAT" spray-painted on the sidewalk above it. With probably less effort than it took that first person to scrawl orders to just let the kitty die, Bynes leaped into Twaction: "Who do I call to get the cat out? I'm downtown in the City & I'm not leaving this kitten trapped down there." Soon, friends came by to try to lure the poor thing out, and both the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District and St. Louis City Health Department (@YourMSD) were notified. Workers cracked open a manhole and found the little guy stuck in a sewer pipe. Even a rescue agency, Tenth Life Cats (@tenthlifecats), was notified via Twitter and found the cat a foster home. By the end of the ordeal, the kitten was vaccinated, adopted, and Bynes was able to pay her a visit. Naturally she Tweeted out the kitten's new name: Twitter.

Honorable Mention

Bill McClellan -- @Bill_McClellan -- St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist.

He has 500+ followers on Twitter, and he follows zero people. Sweet Jesus, we love Bill McClellan.

Correction: I had fantasized that Bill was forced to tweet for his job, but "civilly disobeyed" by not following anyone (which is what comic Louis CK does). But @EricaSmith is telling us this is just an RSS feed. Having really looked at it, it seems she's right. So we rescind this honorable mention, and give it to......@EricaSmith!!

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