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Comments by Christian M. Rastetter on Sunday, March 18, 2001 at 06:12 IP Logged
Please let me know if your book is coming out on tape.
Mahopac, NY USA

Comments by Robert Neely on Sunday, March 18, 2001 at 05:59 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand Today I acquired your new book on Seabiscuit. I am 77 and remember some of the publicity about this horse in the 1930's. My interest and appreciation for this excellent book is primarily one, my mother's cousin, Judith Barrett,an actress during this period, was married to Chas Howard, Jr., and two, my father had owned some pacers and loved to follow Seabiscuit,s carrer. You made reference to Chas. Jr. on page 10 in the book but none to Ms. Barrett. I realize this book is about Seabiscuit and rightly so. However if in your research you found any info about this couple that would be of interest to a distant relative I would greatly appreciate knowing of it. I plan to obtain copies of the book for each of my children and would like to pass on any tidbits you might have regarding these people. Congratulations for recording this great bit of American history. I am enjoying the book immensely and am looking forward to the movie. Robert Neely NBobJen@AOL.COM
Houston , Tx. USA

Comments by tom ernhart on Sunday, March 18, 2001 at 05:09 IP Logged
I am a 44 year old man and remember reading about Seabiscuit in my younger days. I boughtyou book and am reading it.I seem to remember a horse witn the nickname oldbones or olebones and was wondering if it was Seabiscuit or another horse.Just getting to where the three main characters get together so wil work on finishing it. Thanks for bringing back memories. TOM
osceola, ar USA

Comments by Sue McMurray on Sunday, March 18, 2001 at 04:54 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, Happened upon your book while browsing for something to read on my trip to Switzerland next week. Made the mistake of taking it out of the bag to skim through the overleaves this morning at breakfast. Was totally sucked in and now will have to find something else to read on the long boring flight. Am trying to think of something appropriately literary, gushy or horsey to say to express my pleasure. Enjoyed your command of arrested time sequences and prose during the races. Enjoyed feeling intimately involved with the inner circle of characters surrounding this horse's life. Thank you for having the passion and tenacity to complete this project for my reading enjoyment. Nice horse. Sincerely, Sue McMurray
Hillsborough, CA USA

Comments by bruce on Sunday, March 18, 2001 at 02:31 IP Logged
i am an avid racing fan and this is a great tribute to a great horse..i also heard your interview on sat march 17th an wfan in ny..great job..thanks ..bruce
new york, ny USA

Comments by gil hallenbeck on Sunday, March 18, 2001 at 00:18 IP Logged
I was born in March 1939. I can remember as a youth during the forties hearing about Seabiscuit. I only knew him a a name of a racehorse. Now as an owner of Stakeswinning filly, and a person who owns horses, I have found out how great he was. Your description of the match race sent chills up my back along with tears in my eyes. There is nothing grander then watching two magnificant racehorses going eyeball to eyeball. Great Book. Can't wait for the movie.- Gil Hallenbeck
wellington, fl USA

Comments by Donald Richardson,Jr on Saturday, March 17, 2001 at 07:57 IP Logged
I was born in 1945, but during my childhood in Southern Maryland heard a lot about Seabiscuit. My grandfather E.T. Chewning was a Maryland Racing Commisioner during the 50s and 60s and had a large thoroughbred farm named Tacaro 20 miles south of Annapolis. He looked a lot like Charles Howard and probably knew him. I grew up on that place and remember there was a great deal of Seabiscuit memorabilia around the farm, glasses, pictures newspaper clippings and other items with Seabiscuit's name on them. I was always fascinated with his name and heard some of my grandfather's trainers and jockeys talk about Seabiscuit with such awe. His best horse was Weepers Boy who was Maryland leading money winner one year and won many races at Maryland, Delaware and NJ tracks during the 50s and 60s. Also there was King Challa who did very well during those years. There were about 50 more that had mixed success but usually kept my grandfather happy. I rode steeplechase horses in this area from the 60s-80s. I worked with Tom Voss mostly and my cousin William Chewning. We had a horse named Blue Nearco who won the Bolla in 1979 when it was the richest steeplechase race in America. I was born in D.C. not far from where you live. I am a writer of poetry with four books published and I teach writing, but I wish I had done what you did. Your book is wonderful and I truly admire your research efforts. I spent the better part of a year at the Agricultural Library in Beltsville researching a paper for G.W. University. I wish I had been looking for stuff about Seabiscuit. I hope you are enjoying your work on the movie. I read the great Post article about you and the book. I was sorry to hear about your condition. You are one inspiring writer. I hope you enjoy every bit of your well-earned success.
Annapolis, MD USA

Comments by Karen Soupcoff on Saturday, March 17, 2001 at 07:27 IP Logged
Wonderful book! I've read some of the sections over and over. Congratulations
Toronto, on Canada

Comments by Steve Croat on Saturday, March 17, 2001 at 07:02 IP Logged
Your book was wonderful. My only regret is that I could not stop reading it and finished it in one sitting. If we could make your book required reading for highschoolers, there would surely be a future for racing.
Aiken, SC USA

Comments by John Burket on Saturday, March 17, 2001 at 03:49 IP Logged
Hi Laura, I read your article in the Postand I am very impressed. Where can I get the book? I used to ride horses until I had an injury in 1996. I work with wellness technologies. After reading your story on CFS, I may be able to help you because I have known many people with your condition have had dramatic success using these technologies. I would like to share this with you. Please contact me at my or my phone: 301-606-6978. Sincerely, John Burket
Middletown, MD USA

Comments by Dave on Friday, March 16, 2001 at 08:24 IP Logged
Laura, after reading your article in the Post last week, I knew yours would be the next book I read. Sold out at Daltons, sold out at Olsons... I finally found it yesterday and will probably have it done by the weekend. I was too young to remember the horses in Bowie, though it's a lovely sight in the early morning on the way to the train, to see them up and about; in full stride before the sun is up. I work in DC and am wondering if you'll be doing any book signings down here? One last question - why isn't Seabiscuit's face on the cover? Hope to hear from you.. and look forward to your next work; Man-o-War, perhaps? Affirmed??
Bowie, MD USA

Comments by gary eagling on Friday, March 16, 2001 at 05:35 IP Logged
Dear Laura, What a terrific book! The racing world owes you a big vote of thanks. It was like being a member of the Seabiscuit family every fleeting step of the way. Good luck with your movie. I hope Hollywood isn't up to its old sandbaging tricks. Are you going to be doing any booksignings?
Ocean City , Md USA

Comments by John Rogitz on Friday, March 16, 2001 at 00:16 IP Logged
An incredible story by a wonderful writer. It got to be too hard to tell whether the tears were from the gut-wrenching tales of heartbreaking human drama juxtaposed with the glorious courage and strength of the thoroughbred or the raucus humor of the descriptions of the Molino Rojo and the manure hill (what possessed you to invent a phrase like "a mighty shit Godzilla sliding out to sea and vanishing" to describe a manure pile washed away by a downpour?) I'm a writer who loves a craft but you're an artist. I used to think that reading writing this good was my second favorite activity but your stuff might have gotten elevated to number one, so don't stop now.
San Diego, CA USA

Comments by dbonar on Thursday, March 15, 2001 at 07:31 IP Logged
Ms. Hillenbrand: Thank you for your wonderful book and your perserverance. And your courage to bring into the spotlight how this disease changes lives. My retired racehorse Artie sends his thanks for reminding people how horses are still a vibrant part of our collective consciousness (well, he probably wouldn't say it that way, he'd just lean close to you and exchange breaths).
Sacramento, CA USA

Comments by Carrie Everly on Thursday, March 15, 2001 at 06:15 IP Logged
Laura, we are extremely interested in hosting a book signing with you at Pimlico Race Course on Saturday, May 12 -- the date of the 36th running of the Pimlico Special. Please contact me regarding this possibility.
Baltimore, MD USA

Comments by W. Hoffman on Wednesday, March 14, 2001 at 07:53 IP Logged
I ride horses. Your book is terrific. You have really captured the eccentric side of the horse world. Please write more.

Comments by drew mollica on Wednesday, March 14, 2001 at 06:15 IP Logged
garden city, ny USA

Comments by Sharon Petrello on Wednesday, March 14, 2001 at 00:57 IP Logged
Thank you for your wonderful, wonderful story. It made me feel as if I was there for each race. What a marvelous, gallant hereo horse. Thank you again for "The Buscuit" - I know I will think of him many more times, and I'm glad his proud heart rests easy.
Waterbury, CT USA

Comments by Susan McCullough on Wednesday, March 14, 2001 at 00:28 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, Your wonderful book is an inspiration not only to horse lovers and to people who face obstacles, but also to writers. Thank you so much for bringing Seabiscuit's story to the world, and for showing those of us who live by the written word that muses can be found in very unusual places.
Vienna, VA USA

Comments by stanley davis on Tuesday, March 13, 2001 at 07:07 IP Logged
i would love to have the book signed and would appreciate you responding to me..........thanks
washington , d/c USA

Comments by Paul Dietrich on Monday, March 12, 2001 at 08:45 IP Logged
I was a Seabiscuit fan as a young boy in Indiana. Now I'm an architect and designer of sports museums. I am looking forward to getting the book. Do you only write about horse racing? Have you written anything about events and /or persons in the history of New England horse racing?
Cambridge, MA USA

Comments by Anne Macdonald on Monday, March 12, 2001 at 08:36 IP Logged
Well, I read it in two days and am sick that I have finished! A wonderful book for anyone, whether interested in horseracing or not. Well researched, beautifully written. And I fell in love with Pumpkin!
Old Greenwich, CT USA

Comments by Rose Mccune on Monday, March 12, 2001 at 06:32 IP Logged
I have a filly (Am. Saddlebred) that I name Rosie's C-Biscuit last year--story behind it. I loved your book! When if the movie coming out?
East Bank, wV USA

Comments by Marilyn Maracic on Monday, March 12, 2001 at 05:33 IP Logged
Hi. I bought the book last week and like some others who have written, I'm trying to "pace" myself and not finish reading the book too quickly. I am thoroughly enjoying the book so far. I do have one question - why is the horse's head cut off in the photograph on the jacket cover? After all, he is the title character. After the blurbs about his poor conformation, small stature and wispy tail, I wanted to see Seabiscuit on the dust cover so I could judge for myself. I will have to be content with the pictures in the book. Congratulations on your achievement. I hope it gets the general public interested in the sport again. When will the movie be released? Marilyn Maracic
New York, NY USA

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