On the sandy banks of the Illinois River, in the tiny village of Naples (pop. 124), sits an establishment that folks near and far eagerly awaited. Evandy’s Boatel opened in November 2012, but the story doesn’t begin there. Folks from the area fondly remember The Boatel, which sat on the same spot but closed after a disastrous fire in 1991. The Boatel derived its name because you could pull your boat up to the dock and get a bite to eat and a room for the night.
As you approach the beautiful 1870s building in historic downtown Waterloo, itâ€™s hard to imagine how the old building must have looked in 2003 when John and Susie Gallagher purchased it. Susie says the building was a rundown bar with bars on the windows, and the upper two floors were falling apart. The entire back side of the building had to be torn down and replaced. Susie recalls the first time she saw it after that demolition. â€œIt was shocking.
“‘Santa, I need a hug.’ I turned, and there was a lady in a wheelchair. I started to bend down to hug her and she said, ‘No, give me a minute.’ She pulled herself out of that chair to stand up. She told me she had MS. I was giving her a hug, and she was crying. Her legs gave out, and I slowly helped her back into her chair. She said, ‘thank you very much! I’ve never had a hug from Santa.’”It wasn’t December, and Don Simonson wasn’t wearing a Santa suit, yet people approach him and think he is Santa.
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".