The story of how John Strong got into show business and amassed what could be the world's largest collection of two-headed, two-bodied and otherwise conjoined turtles – not to mention a two-headed bull shark – begins with his grandfather. His grandfather, also named John Strong, was a juggler in a vaudeville show.
The WITF journalist became friends with the families of the victimsGeorge Lambert bought the 200 acres of woodland in the rolling hills outside of Shanksville in western Pennsylvania more or less on a whim. The land was covered with old-growth hemlock and maple, pretty much a wilderness, a forest. The land got Lambert's family through the Great Depression. George timbered the land and sold firewood to keep the family afloat. Later, he sold off six-acre parcels as sites for hunting cabins.
Plenty of others do, and it's something that he can sort of call his claim to a small measure of celebrity. There's a story that illustrates it and provides an idea of the perks that could be earned merely through a skin-deep association. He was at a University of Delaware-College of Charleston basketball game in Wilmington a while back – his son-in-law coached at the College of Charleston – and a woman sitting nearby said that his sister looked just like a friend of hers from college.
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".