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Comments by cheri rupp on Thursday, July 26, 2001 at 02:58 IP Logged
Dear Laura, My heart went out to you when I read your story. I know what it's like to have doctors tell you it's all in your head when you can hardly walk across a room. I have been using 2 specific supplements for my CFS and they have greatly helped me, although my CFS is not nearly as bad as yours. They are grape seed extract and milk thistle. I would love to talk to you more about this if you have the time and energy. My prayers are with you. God bless. Cheri
USA

Comments by wil johnson on Thursday, July 26, 2001 at 00:59 IP Logged
I just finished riding Seabiscuit!! Err... I mean Reading Seabiscuit. Actually, I listened to the Audio version. It was great! Thank you.
Palm Beach Gardens, FL USA

Comments by Kat Walker on Wednesday, July 25, 2001 at 09:24 IP Logged
To Kathy Shoemaker: No, Tom Smith was not Ted Smith, but Ted was one of his brothers. I am excited to hear of yet another connection to our family. My grandfather was Tom's brother. I just finished a trip to the Unaweep for some history research on the subject. Please e-mail me directly and we can set up yet another conversation with Tom Smith's long-lost relatives! I have photos of Ted from a LONG time ago.
Kerrville, TX USA

Comments by Kathy Shoemaker on Wednesday, July 25, 2001 at 08:50 IP Logged
Was Tom Smith also known, at any time as Ted Smith? In the early 1950's, my family used to go visit and elderly couple named Ted and Jenny Smith on various ranches that Ted was managing near King City, California. My Grand Junction, Colorado relatives claim that Ted was the trainer of Seabiscuit. Are Tom and Ted Smith one and the same? There is a distinct resemblance between the book's photos of Tom and my memory of how Ted looked. Can anyone help me clarify this?
USA

Comments by Beth Williams on Wednesday, July 25, 2001 at 03:34 IP Logged
We have relatives in Louisville and I have always loved horses and horseracing. My husband grew up in Lexington. I have never been to a "real" horserace in thoroughbred country of Kentucky, but that is my dream. I am bedridden with CFS for 11 yrs, with seizures, and all the rest, as you well know what it is like. I bought the book because I have CFS and love horses, but was amazed to find I could not put the book down. You are a brilliant writer! And a great hero to writers everywhere but MOSTLY a hero to us suffering with CFS. Your story gives me hope to keep hanging on when I feel like giving up. What a book and what a writer! You're my heroine! Hope you make a million after all you went through to write it - a hero just like Seabiscuit's story. Love and good wishes, Beth
AL USA

Comments by David Burgman on Wednesday, July 25, 2001 at 02:20 IP Logged
Hello Ms. Hillenbrand, My family has greatly enjoyed your fine book. Being Marylanders we especially enjoyed the "home" associations. The article in USA Today has led to many health suggestions. One that I did not see is perhaps the very best. Please accept my recommendation that you investigate Tahitian Noni Juice. It is a relatively new juice produced from fruit harvested in the Tahitian Islands. In five years, Morinda, the originator of the initial product has reached $1,000,000,000 in sales. We constantly share it with our friends and loved ones. CFS is just one thing that it seems to help. My wife has had great success with her Fybro Myalgia. My parents with a Cancer like blood disorder. I would be happy to send you literature with no obligation if you supply me with an address. Please give it a serious look. (You can log on to www.tahitiannoni.com to see more.) Dave Burgman 624 Sawgrass Bridge Road Venice FL 34292 941-412-1103 dburgman@valspar.com dburgman@home.com
Venice, FL USA

Comments by bob on Wednesday, July 25, 2001 at 01:49 IP Logged
I read Seabiscuit as soon as it came out and I've watched the incredible reader response with great interest. I'm not a big message poster but I'd like to add my 2 cents now. In 1978 the NY Times said this about my standard for non-fiction, John McPhee's "The Pine Barrens": "It will be a long time before another book appears to equal the literary quality and human compassion of this one. Among books of its type, it could be a classic." Well . . . . I think you've done it. Your reaction, at the moment you realized just what a book this could make, must have been much like old Tom Smith's when he understood for the first time the world-beater he had in his hands. It's a great story. But your writing does it credit. You put your heart on your sleeve in writing this book but did not lapse into sentimentality, which is quite a trick. The tension of the match race was perfectly teed up, and my sense of being there cheering in amazement as Seabiscuit "sailed into history, running easy" is one that many seem to have had and few will forget. That chapter, and a number of other passages, go beyond the printed page in a very rare way. The theme of finding and redeeming great value among the cast-aside and forgotten also resonates -- be it people or horses. I couldn't help comparing Seabiscuit's transformation from "mean, restive and ragged" to the change we've watched as one of our rescue dogs settled in, filled out and (more or less) got it together. My wife gave me quizzical looks when I'd try to explain why I kept re-reading this book. Then she read it. Her first comment was "this woman is a really good writer." As soon as she finished, she started again. So we're both hooked. This was easily one of the most enjoyable, engrossing reads I've ever run across, and any and all accolades are most well-deserved. Good luck in overcoming your health problems and keep on writing!
washington, DC USA

Comments by Ted Pearce on Tuesday, July 24, 2001 at 09:48 IP Logged
I knew virtually nothing about horse racing but fell in love with the "biscuit" You did a wonderful job of not just telling the story but allowing me to feel every stride. I don't think I have ever been quite so emotionally charged from one book. Who ever thought that a non-fiction book would be a "page turner?"
Charlotte, NC USA

Comments by Norm White on Tuesday, July 24, 2001 at 06:55 IP Logged
Ms. Hillenbrand, I read your original article on Seabiscuit in the July/August 1988 issue of AMERICAN HERITAGE magazine. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I have since read the book, which I enjoyed even more. If not for the former, I probably would have missed the latter. As it is, I'm happy to have read both. I've read quite a few histories of people, places, and events, and SEABISCUIT ranks among the best. The story is interesting in and of itself, but it benefits enormously from your telling. I sincerely hope that the Pulitzer committee gives it serious consideration; it is certainly deserving of such an honor. Best wishes for continued success, and all the best as well in your struggle against CFS.
Burke, VA USA

Comments by Dawn on Tuesday, July 24, 2001 at 05:32 IP Logged
I loved the book. I've just returned from Saratoga Springs, NY. There's a great Seabiscuit exhibit at the National Museum of Racing. Check it out!
Holt Summit, MO USA

Comments by juliane Brida on Tuesday, July 24, 2001 at 05:25 IP Logged
July 2001 Dear Ms. Hillebrand, The Belmont Child Care Association (BCCA) will hold its fourth, annual Fourstardave Gala and Auction on Wednesday, August 22. The fundraising event, held at Saratoga's Canfield Casino, attracts more then 200 members of the New York's prestigious Thoroughbred racing family. Proceeds from the evening will supply scholarships to families unable to afford the cost of tuition at Belmont Park's new child care center. With your help, we hope to exceed the $150,000 raised last year. Please add to the evening's success by contibuting an item to the auction. For your convenience, an auction contribution forn is enclosed. BCCA is not a not-for-profit corpration established to create and sustain a child care center for the benefit of working families at New York area racetracks. Plans to build a 7,500 square foot facility are underway. The center is expected to open next summer and has been designed to care for 80 children, ages six to five years, daily. Contributions to BCAA are tax deductible. I have just finished reading your wonderful book Seabiscut, An American Legend, and it has by far surpassed my greatest expectations. Our organization the BCCA would be honored and grateful if you would consider donating an autographed copy to be auctioned at our Gala. In advance, thank you for helping us care for the children. Sincerely, Juliane Brida Address: 2160 Rowley Road Malta, NY 12020
Malta, NY USA

Comments by Gale Lucy on Tuesday, July 24, 2001 at 03:56 IP Logged
Laura, I loved your book! I'm sorry to hear that you've been ill with CFS. I have MS so it is difficult to ride horses, but I still do -- I love horses! It is so wonderful that you wrote the book about Seabiscuit. He was so for gotten. Although I knew of him (photographs, etc. in books about horses) your history about him was so refreshing. It's a shame he died so young. However, it was a grand history of an incredible horse. Keep up the good work -- I've read some of your stuff in EQUUS. You must be very excited about the Seabiscuit movie, and I can't wait to see it! Gale
Miami Beach, FL USA

Comments by john on Tuesday, July 24, 2001 at 03:37 IP Logged
I READ THE STORY ABOUT YOU IN THE USA PAPER AND I THINK YOUR AND A AMAZING BEAUTIFUL WOMEN,AND I WAS VERY TOUCHED BY THE STORY. I HAD A FAMILY MEMBER GO THROUGH A VERY BAD DISEASE FOR SIX YEARS AND LOST THE BATTLE.WE HAD DOCTORS TELL ME AND MY SEVEN BROTHERS THAT SOME OF US MY GET THE DISEASE. I SAW WHAT MY FATHER WENT THROUGH, I COULD NEVER DO IT. I WISH YOU THE VERY BEST AND IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO DROP A LINE IT WOULD BE MY PLEASURE. MY EMAIL IS CHEVMO71@VELOCITY. NET
erie, pa USA

Comments by Jim Willcox on Tuesday, July 24, 2001 at 03:11 IP Logged
I was going to write something attemptedly eloquent but when I read all the other notes it's all pretty much been said. I just finished the book and my heart is in my throat. Also finding out the physical obstacles you are faced with and still able to pour incredible passion and feeling into your work is heroism of the highest order. I've been to the track at Pasadena many times and never knew the statues you described even existed. I'll sure look them up next time. My whole family will enjoy your book. My only concern is the making of the movie. I loved Bonfire of the Vanities and spoke to Tom Wolfe as it was being filmed. He told me he had no role and was very concerned about the outcome. The rest is history. God bless you, Jim
Kansas City , Mo USA

Comments by Edward Allen on Tuesday, July 24, 2001 at 03:06 IP Logged
Ms. Hillenbrand, I read an article about you in USA Today regarding CFS.. Well, I am a CFS sufferer as well, have been for the last 3 years. Since being under the care of an Alternative Doctor, I now travel for business 2-3 weeks per month, can function somewhat like a normal person, do some light exercise. Still can't play sports like I used to or do too much at one time...hmm "pacing myself".... I would love to tell you the path to my success, what has worked for me, would certainly help you I'm sure.... I am living proof that it's working!! 3 years ago, I was burning the candle at both ends, got a bacterial infection and my body totally shut down and out of work for a year and a half..so I can fully understand what you have and are still going through..I want to help. You can reach me at my email. My website has a relaxation album I wrote and recorded and have used many times to relieve stress...a major factor in a recovery plan. Hope to hear from you soon. My best to you.
Lawrenceville, NJ USA

Comments by Jennifer Discher on Tuesday, July 24, 2001 at 02:29 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand: I cannot tell you how excited I was when I saw yur book on the shelf of my local bookseller. Tears filled my eyes as I caught a glimpse of my favorite equine hero, the one whose story I will never forget: Seabiscuit! Thank you, thank you for writing his story for the new century.
Baltimore,, MD USA

Comments by JW on Tuesday, July 24, 2001 at 02:29 IP Logged
Laura : I would like very much to talk to you about your article in USA Today about your CFS. I am a Talk Show Host ( 2 Hours Mon - Fri. ) I have had CF for 8yrs. A sick like feeling. I have been to alot of doctors - I have found one that has reaaly helped me. Please email me @ArkatectPaneling.com Congralations on your wonderful book. Jeff
USA

Comments by Jock Reese on Tuesday, July 24, 2001 at 01:56 IP Logged
In a note in yesterday's (7/23)Guestbook, Laura, you thank all of us for keeping Seabiscuit: An American Legend on the Best Seller lists for 20 weeks now. It is we who collectively must thank you for having written this masterpiece which deserves to be on the list beyond the time they hopefully award it a much deserved Pulitzer Prize. What a wonderful thrill it must be for you to read this Guestbook every day and see what a positive influence your book has had on us. I recomend it to every reader I know. Thank you so much.
Holiday, Fl USA

Comments by Lynette Doele on Tuesday, July 24, 2001 at 00:48 IP Logged
This wonderful book was the selection of the month for the book club I am a member of. I have loved horses all my life, but never followed horse racing, and had never heard of Seabiscuit. I wasn't sure I would find the book enjoyable...was that a misconception! I love this book and will cherish it as a good friend forever. I truly became so engrossed that I was late back to work over a couple of lunch hours, because I just hated to stop reading. The descriptions of the races had me on the edge of my seat, heart pounding and palms sweating. What a great story. Our discussion of the book is in 2 days...I'm anticipating some enthusiastic responses! Our potlucks are always determined by the settings of the books. This one is going to be a Race Day Buffet. Should be lots of fun! Congratulations on a masterpiece. Lynette
Shelbyville, Mi USA

Comments by Rae Ciardi on Tuesday, July 24, 2001 at 00:37 IP Logged
I read about your book and your physical suffering as you wrote the book. My heart goes out to you and I am greatful for the opportunity to read the book you have written. This is a wonderful website ~ well done! I will add my prayers to hoping and praying that you will get well soon. I have recently learned about hormones and something called Natural Progesterone. There is a website where you can have your hormone levels tested thru saliva (including thyroid which I'm sure you've had tested already). My doctor told me I had nothing wrong with me, except that she doesn't know that my TSH number on the thyroid test has double in 4 yrs and that I was already tested for seritonin levels and they were low. My tests came within the normal ranges, but I still did not feel normal or good at all. I could barely get out of bed some days. Here is the website for hormone level testing. If the hormones are out of balance that will cause everything else to go out of balance. The hormones can affect the whole body clock and system including sleep, healing, strength..etc. http://www.womenshealth.com/orderitems/biobalance.html I have found that the doctors of mainstream medicine ~ do not know much about this, though it has been used by a doctor in England for some 20 yrs. I was suffering from Chronic Fatigue... I suffered for 7 yrs. I am only just starting to use the natural progesterone... but it has healed most of my symptoms and issues. This website also put me in touch with doctors in my state of CT in New England who can help me. My insurance covers 2 out of 4 who are the only doctors in the area that I know treat with natural progesterone. The one doctor was trained in Ireland, maybe that is why she knows about the treatment and usees it. I am feeling much better though I've only ben on the treatment for a week and it will take some time to balance the hormone levels out. If this does not help you, I continue to pray that you will find out what is the cause of your illness that you may find health and wellness again. Sincerely, rae ciardi
Monroe, CT USA

Comments by Bob Rush on Monday, July 23, 2001 at 09:21 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand - I am in the process of reading your book. Absolutely captivating - I felt I must write as I was very impressed by your continued determination to battle CFS. My wife is in much of a similiar situation. CFS put her flat on her back for at least two years and we are still feelings the effects. We operate a small boarding, training and breeding business primarily focusing on event horses in Middleburg, VA. I was wtiness first hand to what CFS does. My heart goes out to all who suffer this terrribly misunderstood dis-ease. I am hoping my wife will contact you be e-mail directly and share more of her story with you. I am thoroughly enjoying your book and am fulfilling my jockey fantasy through good reads like yours. I hope Seabiscuit is one of many successes. Prayers go with you. Thank you for your masterwork. Bob
Middleburg, VA USA

Comments by Janelle Manno on Monday, July 23, 2001 at 08:48 IP Logged
June 20, 2001 Dear Laura Hillenbrand, Two days ago I finished reading your book, Seabiscuit. I have never written a letter to an author before. I have also never been interested in horseracing before. Your book changed all that for me. After hearing you read from the book on National Public Radio (NPR) here in Chicago, I had to purchase it. My husband was worried that after paying so much for a hardcover book, I would never read it. Every night I read a few pages before going to bed. I became so captivated by the book, that reading it was what I looked forward to doing the moment I arrived home. (My husband was probably feeling a little neglected by now.) What I enjoyed most about your book was having the feeling that I was there. You managed to thoroughly capture the feeling of the Seabiscuit obsession in your book. Each character (human or horse) seemed so real to me that I could envision them and their mannerisms as I read. I thoroughly enjoyed the way Seabiscuit was described by you, Woolf, Smith, and Pollard as wanting to race and win with all his heart. The manner in which you described every detail-how Seabiscuit would torture his fellow racehorses by letting them come from behind only to wipe their noses in his victory, and the story of how Seabiscuit was first able to relax by sleeping in the same stall as Pumpkin, and how he would sleep through the cross-country train rides-made the story of Seabiscuit that much more enjoyable.. Your description of the races was perfect. I know very little about horseracing, yet I still felt like I was present in each race, cheering on Seabiscuit and riding as George Woolf or Red Pollard. I could feel my face in Seabiscuit’s mane, his galloping speed beneath me, and the other horses nearing, trying to close in his lead. In reading your book I not only learned the tortures of being a jockey and how to train a racehorse, I learned to love Seabiscuit. I loved the fact that he wasn’t physically built like a racehorse, yet was the best racehorse of that era. I became a fan and can now defend him in conversations regarding his ability. Howard, Smith, and Pollard cared for Seabiscuit enough not to let him race under poor health or track conditions; you, obviously, love Seabiscuit enough to want to share his life story in such compelling detail with the world. Thank you for writing this incredible book. It was an absolute pleasure for me to read Seabiscuit! Sincerely, Janelle Manno antonio_reta@msn.com
Chicago, IL USA

Comments by Margaret Menotti on Monday, July 23, 2001 at 08:04 IP Logged
A fabulous story told in way that will visually transport a reader back in time. A great character study of people who lived in an era that needed hope for something better and found it in a horse named "Seabiscuit." A riviting story. Thank you for writing it.
Denton, Tx USA

Comments by justcurious on Monday, July 23, 2001 at 07:12 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand: My grandparents were at the race between Seabiscuit and War Admiral. As the family story goes, my grandfather took her to this race with seats very close to the owners as a thank you for her patience with his love for racing. I have opened the film and can see that it is a race between two horses, but have not completely reviewed the film for fear of damaging it. Toward the end, where I did review it, I can see the sideview of two horses completing the race. It also shows the horses being lead back. One horse appears to have a white blanket and the other red. I have been saving this film in hopes of having it restored since it is the only film of my grandparents we have. Do you believe that this film is worth marketing? If so, could you direct me to the best place to investigate? Thank you.
USA

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