May 19, 1999, was going to be one of the greatest days of my life -- and it was all going to begin at midnight. Yeah, I wasguy. I was the guy who scoured every nook and cranny of the Internet in an effort to digest every possible rumor about what I might see in "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace." I was the guy who was camped out for hours in an effort to purchase tickets to see "The Phantom Menace."
When "SNL" debuted in 1975 with its original Not Ready For Primetime lineup, its cast consisted of nine people. By that November, it was down to the seven actors most familiar to audiences. (Michael O'Donoghue was dropped from the cast but stayed on the show as head writer. George Coe was only listed as part of the cast for the debut.) Those seven -- Chevy Chase, John Belushi, Jane Curtin, Garrett Morris, Dan Aykroyd, Lorraine Newman, Gilda Radnor -- became personalities.
In lieu of the standard introduction of interview subjects, I'm going to just explain how I wound up in a room with Peter Cullen, the man who does the voice of Optimus Prime from "Transformers," and -- for reasons I still don't 100 percent understand -- Larry King. Only because, (a) it was one of the most unusual experiences that I've ever been a part of and (b) nothing else really sums up the surrealism of Comic-Con.
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".