The day in 2013 when Bill Ellis retired from his job in government relations at Health First, Carol Ellis knew her time in West Palm Beach would be limited. "Steve Johnson (CEO and president of Health First) said, 'And if you ever come back, you've got a job,'" she said. They had bought a house next door to their daughter and son-in-law. She was looking forward to spending their retirement years with their grandchildren. "In West Palm, all he did was sit on the couch," Carol Ellis said.
At 9:15 a.m. Nov. 10, I gave up and gave in. I switched my car radio to the Holiday station and started to sing along. I love Christmas carols. I love listening to them. I love singing them. The Sunday before Christmas, I gather as many folks as are willing and sing carols in the park in Cocoa Village. But I also follow the rules. I don't wear white pants after Labor Day. I don't eat dessert before dinner. And I don't sing carols before Thanksgiving. Until now.
I’ve known Chuck Brittain since 1982, when we were freshman trumpet players in the Auburn University Marching Band. He was funny, cool and a little bit whacky, a marketing major from a small, conservative Alabama town by day and an alt-rock bassist by night. Thirty-five years later, he’s still one of my favorite people, even though he hasn’t gained an ounce since Auburn. When we had lunch recently, he was even thinner. The hurricane diet, he said.
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".