Orv and Dale Caspers' tale is one of time and tomfoolery. Regrettably, they won’t be around when bicylists on the Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa pedal past their fields on Wednesday near Swaledale, but look and listen. The sights and sounds of the Caspers boys are everywhere. Orv, 92, and Dale, 89, died just weeks apart this spring, the former heartbroken by his best friend and brother’s long dementia fade. But along come the next generations of family.
It’s not easy to find a best friend. So much needs to fall into place, even under normal circumstances. Larsa Albayati and Sarah Van Gorp did not meet under normal circumstances. Albayati, 34, is a native of Iraq; Van Gorp, 28, is a native of Orange City. In 2013, they met face to face in Des Moines and tried to understand each other’s language. Sometimes, when you strip away the buzz words and banalities of everyday conversation, what’s left is the heart of it.
CHURDAN, Ia. — Billy Sammons pulls up on his four-wheeler at the cusp of prime tomato-eating season in Iowa. He wears a straw hat, his skin baked leathery by the sun. He is a sandal-wearing kind of farmer who eats pesto by the tubs, touts organic as an anecdote to Big Farm(a) and thinks his tomato will wow the connoisseurs in Des Moines. He ran a bed and breakfast on the Oregon coast when 11 years ago he met an Iowa woman. Iowa women will eventually lead you to tomatoes.
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".