This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Dear Beaconites --
Several years ago, our daughter-in-law set out for a run from our house in Kirkwood, took a wrong turn and soon found herself at a quiet intersection miles from home. When a car rolled to a stop, she asked for directions.
The concerned driver wondered whom she was visiting. "I've known them for years," he said when told and offered not only directions but a ride home. The Good Samaritan was Mike Swoboda, who cheerfully explained, "I'm the mayor. I know everybody."