Ann LaFrance says: "Life is how you handle plans b, c, d, e, and f."For the former U.S. Navy officer, one whose father served in the Marine Corps and whose mother was in the Navy, no plan seemed viable when in 1997 she was told she had stage 4 Hodgkin's Lymphoma and that she probably had less than a week to live. "There is nothing more we can do" they said, and she was flown from her post in Sicily to the United States.
It was supposed to be another perilously routine flight. The unarmed C-47 would unload supplies on the Island of Luzon in the Philippines, pick up two wounded soldiers, a doctor and a nurse, and with a full load of fuel, make the 2,000-mile journey to the safe haven of Port Moresby, New Guinea. But this was 1945, and shelter from the storm of World War II in the Pacific was often a dying wish.
In the great, grand cosmic scheme of the universe, Lucille Wagener is on the outside looking in. Her picture was never on the cover of Time, let alone the front page of this newspaper. She never advised the president of the United States. She never was the subject of a movie and never was interviewed for "60 Minutes." Yet for all the things she was not, Lucille Wagener's story is truly worth the telling.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".