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Comments by Himalayanhikers on Sunday, November 18, 2001 at 01:13 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, Thank you for writing such a fascinating book about Seabiscuit. I agree wholeheartedly with the opinions of the other readers of your book. Your work is superb. I really enjoyed reading the book. I don't know if I am allowed to mention it here but if anyone wants to acquire Seabiscuit memorabilia, they should check out the on-line auctions. I have seen some great (and not so great) items listed. Yes, I do have a beautiful, old lithograph of Seabiscuit racing around a track. It is in an on-line auction which ends on November 27, 2001. It was created by C. W. Anderson. Thank you for looking at it. Ms. Hillebrand, Thanks again!
USA

Comments by Liz on Saturday, November 17, 2001 at 09:37 IP Logged
Laura, I can't express enough how much I enjoyed your book. At times I was so enthralled by the action you put into your writing I would actually start skipping sentences just to read the outcome of the described event!!!! Your book was writing excellently and by reading your acknowledgements I only appreciate more your hard work and dedication... I can only imagine how overwhelmed you must have felt at times. You seemed to include every detail and nuance that made the book complete and I whole heartedly appreciate that. I can not wait for the movie... I am sure if you have a say in the making that it will be quite excellent. Once again thank you!!!!
Bronx, NY USA

Comments by Ralph Christiana on Friday, November 16, 2001 at 08:38 IP Logged
Dear Laura: Just read the book and thoroughly enjoyed it. My wife (who also read the book) and I were born and raised in southern California to parents who enjoyed horseracing. We spent much of our 20's and early 30's at Santa Anita, Hollywood Park and Del Mar. I often stopped to admire the statues of Seabiscuit and George Woolf while prowling the grounds at Santa Anita. Since we moved to this part of the country a number of years ago we have not had the opportunity to go to the races as often as we would like (although we have taken our children during spring vacations to Keeneland, a wonderful place). While horseracing is no longer the major sport it once was, there is nothing like the atmosphere at the track or the thrill of watching your horse take the lead in the home stretch. Thanks for bringing Seabiscuit to life and for rekindling memories of wonderful afternoons watching the most beautiful animals on earth. Ralph Christiana
Chattanooga, Tennessee USA

Comments by Jennifer E. on Friday, November 16, 2001 at 08:37 IP Logged
I have read reviews in magazines and I have read this whole site and the book looks excellent! I love horses and I ride atleast twice a week, so I feel like I can relate to the story somewhat. I have read books on Seabiscuit and he is one of my favortie horses in history ever because he is such a strong, intlligent, persevering horse. I can't wait to read the book and see the movie! Jennifer

Comments by Patricia Scott Fernandez on Friday, November 16, 2001 at 05:07 IP Logged
I read a lot and this is one of the best books I have ever read. I only wish my mother who loved horse racing and was pretty good at picking winners could have lived long enough to read it. I too came down with Chronic Fatigue Syndrom about fifteen years ago. It was not diagnosed until 1991 when I was finally able to get Social Security disability. One thing that showed up was that I had Ebstein-Barr (whatever it's called) that showed up in my blood. I woke up one morning with very achy muscles and thought I had flu. However, this flu would not go away. I came down with multiple symptoms such as spastic color but no real disease with it and ulcer-like symptoms but no ulcer. I found that many of these were caused by allergies and helped by allergy shots. Treatments such as sauna baths, taking Niacin, etc. to take the poisons out of my body also helped. I have a theory that Chronic Fatigue syndrom may be caused by the body being overstressed...in short, perhaps by pushing yourself to do too much for too long. I had smoked for 30 years and never took vitamins. Especially not Vitamin C during a winter with very little sunshine and a diet that included very few foods that contain Vitamin C. I did not really get a good diagnosis until I went to Dr. A. Robbins in Boca Raton, Florida, who is an expert in Environmental Medicine. Thank you for one terrific book. Patricia Scott Fernandez
West Palm Beach, FL USA

Comments by Robert Terry on Friday, November 16, 2001 at 03:57 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I have just finished reading your excellent book on Seabiscuit, and enjoyed it very much. Since I live in Willits, I have heard of Seabiscuit often, and know the story of how Howard Memorial Hospital came to be. Our Willits museum has received three reels of home movie film from the Doctor Babcock family for use in our up-coming special exhibit of Seabiscuit. The film is now over 50 years old and is showing signs of deterioration. One reel concerns the casting of the full-size bronze Seabiscuit statue for Santa Anita, another is from the classic race of Seabiscuit and War Admiral, and the third shows Doc Babcock working around the horses at the ranch here in Willits. I was wondering if you thought any of your contacts from researching the material for your book would be interested in helping us fund the restoration and preservation of these films. We are exploring sources of funds locally and may need more than is available here. Please let me know if you have any ideas. Any interested readers may contact me if you would like to participate. Sincerely, Robert W Terry rwterry@saber.net
Willits, CA USA

Comments by Kathe Schreyer on Friday, November 16, 2001 at 03:46 IP Logged
After 25 years of Art directing/designing record covers, posters and rock and roll photography books (The Photographers' Led Zepplin") my professional opinion regarding the dust cover of your compelling biography on the Legendary Seabiscuit, is that it's completely inferior! I want to see the horse, not the horses ass, the egotistical owner or his self abusive jockey. What's wrong with this picture? Your publishing company has has done more than edit the printed word. Tell them to place their 20% off sticker over their logo instead of croping Seabiscuits' head off. Who is this BOOK about anyways. SEABISCUIT is the HERO of this story. And if your publishers don't know that, let them read MY comments!!!
Sherman Oaks , CA USA

Comments by v. seitz on Friday, November 16, 2001 at 01:50 IP Logged
dear laura: a wonderful tale with colorful characters and an extraordinary horse! i was drawn right into the story...made me wish i could travel back to the time of "seabiscuit"!
ridley park, pa USA

Comments by Michael on Friday, November 16, 2001 at 01:42 IP Logged
Hello Laura,I just finishing reading the book. I'm not much of a reader, but I felt compelled to keep turning the pages. Thank you for inspiring me to push on. I have always felt like an underdog. Nothing seemed to have ever come easy to me. But now I finally can relate to someone else's story. Thanks
South Amboy, NJ USA

Comments by Laura Giese on Thursday, November 15, 2001 at 06:38 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I gave Seabiscuit to my sister in-law for her birthday and she just loved it. She lent it to me and since than it's been passed around to several people and every one of them love it. I recently bought a horse and that story inspired me. After I read that book I couldn't stop thinking about that wonderful horse and those wonderful people who took care of him. Fate, how lucky for that horse that such a thing exsits.
Alameda, CA USA

Comments by Laura Hillenbrand on Thursday, November 15, 2001 at 03:10 IP Logged
FROM THE AUTHOR: National Public Radio's Diane Rehm Show will rebroadcast its hour-long feature on Seabiscuit on Thanksgiving, November 22, from 10:00-11:00 AM EST. Tune in while you cook! Thank you to all my readers who wrote to Diane requesting a broadcast.
Washington, DC USA

Comments by Ron Ziskin on Wednesday, November 14, 2001 at 05:09 IP Logged
Dear Laura, It's interesting that 60 years later in 1998, Americans would be following Mark McGwire's every move, while plowing money into their 401Ks. Your beautifully written story was an engrossing and welcome respite from today's headlines.
Los Angeles, CA USA

Comments by Kathy Accorsi on Wednesday, November 14, 2001 at 04:01 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I bought your book for my Dad (a race horsing fan)last Father's Day after I heard your interview on NPR. He fell in love with the book, then I fell in love with it. You tell a beautiful story, and my family looks forward to more of your books. PS. I hope this finds you feeling well.
Eatontown, NJ USA

Comments by Debi Wade Jordan on Wednesday, November 14, 2001 at 03:48 IP Logged
Excellent research, excellent details, excellent writing, excellent story. This is one of the best in a long time. You have crafted an insightful, educational, empathetic and entertaining chronicle. I caught your interview on Good Morning America a while back and, being a horse lover, thought I'd pick up the book. Well, I did pick it up and couldn't put it down. Thank you for the effort it took to create such a jewel.
Bowling Green, Ky USA

Comments by walter crane on Wednesday, November 14, 2001 at 02:40 IP Logged
Dear Laura, Loved Seabuiscuit. Thanks for telling a wonderful story.
Clevland , Tn USA

Comments by Susan Portas on Wednesday, November 14, 2001 at 01:59 IP Logged
I am reading your book and find it very charming. I would never have chosen a book about a race horse except for your interview on the show on PBS a couple months ago. Your telling of the story of Seabiscuit compelled me to buy the book the next day for my husband and of course I could borrow it! The book is every bit as entertaining as you made it sound. Thanks for the pleasure in learning about Seabiscuit and his world!
St. Louis, MO USA

Comments by Jacqueline J. King on Tuesday, November 13, 2001 at 06:00 IP Logged
Dear Laura: This is the sort of book I wish I could write! I have tremendous respect for (and love) what you have done with this wonderful story. I spent the first 8 years of my life on Greenspring Avenue in Baltimore County, Maryland -- less than 5 miles from Sagamore Farm. I am so proud to know how much you thought of Mr. A. G. Vanderbilt. I never met him, but visited his beautiful farm as a child. I am glad to know what a kind man he was. Thank you for bringing the horses, people, and places of Seabiscuit's time to life in your book, and for keeping me company for a week. All the best to you -- good health, energy, and much, much happiness -- Your friend, Jackie King
Mechanicsburg, PA USA

Comments by Bonnie Lind on Tuesday, November 13, 2001 at 05:17 IP Logged
I just finished reading your book and thought it was GREAT! As a child I read all sorts of horse stories and had read about Seabiscuit. Your book made him and all those involved around him come alive again. I would like to know when you write another book.
Hayward, CA USA

Comments by heinz wiegand on Tuesday, November 13, 2001 at 00:31 IP Logged
hi HAVE READ WITH INTEREST THE ARTICLES ABOUT YOU AND YOUR FINE BOOK. SAW ON GUEST BOOK YOU GET ALL KINDS OF INFO ABOUT HOW TO FIGHT CFS. I'VE TRIED MOST OF THAT STUFF TO NO AVAIL. I,M SUPPOSE TO BE ONE THE WORST CFS PATIENTS. HAD IT FOR 25 YRS, NOW IN 1974 WAS HEALTHY ENOUGH TO RUN ACROSS THE USA AND WAS NATIONAL RANKED DISTANCE RUNNERTIL I GOT ILL. HAD TO BE PUSHED AROUND IN A WHEELCHAIR A YEAR AGOTILL I STARTED A PROCESS THAT HAS MADE MY CFS NON-EXISTENT, JUST RAN A 5K RACE SUNDAY, I BROKE DOWN CRYING WHEN REFLECTING ON HOW FAR I HAVE COMEBACK FROM THIS AGONIZING PROBLEM, HAVING PRACTICALLY ALL YOUR SYMPTONS IN THE PAST.CFS SUPPORT GROUP I WENT TO WAS FLABBERGASTED AT THE CHANGE, SOME PEOPLE HARDLY RECOGNIZED ME. AT ONE TIME I WAS CONSIDERED THE WEAKEST OF THE WHOLE BUNCH, AND NOW I CAN'T RELATE TO CFS FOLKS. OUR LEADER SAY YOU CAN'T ARGUE AGAINST RESULTS. WHAT I DO IS ACTUALLY PRETTY SIMPLE, SEEMS TO SIMPLE TO SOME TO GET THESE KIND OF RESULTS. BUT DOES TAKE TIME AND SOME DISCIPLINE, BUT IT'S BETTER THAN LIVING WITH THE HORROR OF CFS LIKE I HAVE HAD TO. THE SPECIALIST WHO HAS HELPED SAYS HE FEELS THERE IS NO TRUE CFS, IT'S BASICALLY A SYMPTON PROBLEM. HE SAYS LET'S GET TO THE ROOT . I DISAGREED AT IST BUT NOW I CAN SAY PROOF IS IN THE PUDDING I GUESS. HOPE YOU ARE DOING WELLAND CONTINUED SUCCESS, HOPE YOU DIDN'T MIND ME TELLING OF MY EXPERIENCE. REGARDS HW
new hope,al. , al USA

Comments by Helm Roberts on Monday, November 12, 2001 at 09:24 IP Logged
Laura: "Seabiscuit" was loaned to me by a friend who said he couldn't put it down. After three late night sessions I finally put it down, totally taken by the detail and passion of your story. Only after reading the acknowledgements, did I realize how much you put into this work. We have lived in Lexington for almost 40 years but have not been a part of the horse world. I now have a better understanding of the pure genius that goes into the making of a winner. Thank you.
Lexington, KY USA

Comments by Steve Roszel on Monday, November 12, 2001 at 05:39 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I just finished the book this afternoon. I am still tense with the excitement of Seabiscuit's race against War Admiral and his last in the Santa Anita Handicap. I can't wait for the movie. Some months ago I heard you on WAMU being interviewed, I believe by Diame Rehm. Your own personal story and perseverance drew me to the story more than anything else. Your love of these characters, the horse and the story make it evident that your heart is as large as Seabisuit's. Thank you.
Alexandria, VA USA

Comments by M. C. MacKenzie on Monday, November 12, 2001 at 02:05 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand: I have been a lover of horses all my life but never much of a race enthusiast. Having read some of the terrible things that go on in the racing world, namely the abuse and sometimes brutal murder of horses for high priced insurance policies. A friend offered me your book and I couldn't put it down. Your style of writing really does make it seem more of a novel than a biography. The description of the races made me feel as though I was actually watching them and found myself breathing hard and reading faster to see who won! Have also always been a champion of the underdog, especially one who has had to work extra hard to make the grade and the team of Seabiscuit, Howard, Pollard and Smith certainly filled the bill. All I could think was what a great movie this would make but with the hope that the excitement, integrity and facts would not be sacrificed to make a Hollywood hit. With you as the consultant, I feel certain that will not happen. I look forward to reading more of your work and will search my old Equus magazines for your name and look for it in the future. Bravo on a magnificent accomplishment and for further immortalizing a team in American history that needed recognition. I always knew my own horse tries her best when I ask her to try something new or give me that little bit more when I want it. Others say I have a vivid imagination but she and I know better. Kudos to you and thank you for a terrific read!
Redlands, CA USA

Comments by Sue Alpers Mondello on Sunday, November 11, 2001 at 08:12 IP Logged
Dear Laura: Your book was wonderful and inspired me to send you a note. I was a 'racetracker' from 1971 until this year when I retired from training thoroughbreds at Belmont and Aqueduct Racetracks. I would like to inquire about somethings relating to my grandfather: George Frederick Alpers, a leading gentleman rider in the early 1900s. I have aquired his scrapebook, some riding programs (including General Patton), a list of signatures of the members in his Cavalry unit and a book "There's a Fox in the Spinney: Memoirs of fox-hunting, racing and publishing" by Stuart Rose, who fought and rode with my grandfather.Is it possible to inquire about the method needed to try and contact some of these families listed in his unit? Also, is there someone I can contact to preserve these newsclippings which are now close to a century old? Thank you for any help you can offer. I am using my sister's computer. If you can contact me at this email address, I will be glad to send you my own home address for further correspondence. My appreciation for the perfect book to enjoy and for any assistance with my questions.
New Bern, NC USA

Comments by Wally Broege on Sunday, November 11, 2001 at 04:36 IP Logged
Dear Laura: Just a quick note to tell you how much I enjoyed your book. I have never been to a horse race AND I have never written a fan letter. You really opened up my eyes to a world I knew nothing about. What an assortment of characters. I enjoyed reading every word tears rolled down my face when I read the Epilogue. I still laugh when I think about that wonderful phrase "shit godzilla!" Thank you so much for an enjoyable read. So when is your next book coming out?
Wading River, NY USA

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