My white-knuckled wife unaffectionately refers to it as “Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride.” Like the ride at Disneyland, I often subject her to hairpin turns and fast stops while careening toward the curb. It’s a cause of concern not only for my passengers but also for the unlucky person driving behind me. Fortunately, we are usually on quiet, neighborhood streets when this happens, so there is not much danger.
I got the travel bug early in life. When I was 10, our father took a year sabbatical from teaching and we drove from New York to Guadalajara, Mexico, where we lived for a year. It was a grand adventure in the mid-1960s. Now I spend hours with maps, travel books and articles as I meticulously plan my family’s adventures. They only have to show up packed and ready to go. If I lack the time or expertise to plan a trip I use an experienced travel agent.
“Toy Story, Gampa.” It was about the 15th time during a 10-day stay with us that our 3-year-old granddaughter, Maci, had asked to see her now favorite movies. No longer able to tolerate “Trolls,” “Frozen,” and “Moana,” we ordered all three “Toy Story” movies for Maci’s entertainment. We had all three movies in perfectly working VHS format sitting in a closet that we purchased for Maci’s father and aunt some 25 years ago. The only thing is we no longer had was a VHS player.
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 Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
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, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
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".