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Comments by brenda burdge on Thursday, May 24, 2001 at 00:31 IP Logged
dear ms. hillenbrand, just finished your book about seabiscuit!if i could have been born in another time and place, i would pick the late 1930's and would surely have been a racing fan. i felt like i was living the story myself. tears filled my eyes during several moments of reading. i am so glad there are talented people like you who can take ordinary people like myself and place us in other lifelike settings through the written word. thanks so much for the wonderful read! i am looking forward to the movie now.
USA

Comments by Pam Bacher on Wednesday, May 23, 2001 at 08:04 IP Logged
Ms. Hilldenbrand, Once I began reading "Seabiscuit" I couldn't put the book down. What a great story! What a great horse! You did a wonderful job. I hope you will be in the Washington DC area in the future so that I can come hear you talk. And, I am looking forward to the movie. Please keep involved in the movie production so that they do the Seabiscuit story justice. Pam Bacher
Vienna, VA USA

Comments by Jacqueline Clark on Wednesday, May 23, 2001 at 07:59 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand: Having just read some of the other e-mail comments, I agree with most of them. Being a lover of horses, especially Thoroughbreds I read whatever and whenever I can on the subject. Your descriptions of the races not only had me at the track in the stands, but on Seabiscuit's back. Also, walking the track, put my feet right in the furrows. Red Pollard with his injuries, his spirit, his sense of offbeat humor made me chuckle but broke my heart. God Bless Seabiscuit, all the folks who cared for and about him, and you, Ms Hillenbrand for your great writing talent. Give us more! Best wishes, Jackie Clark
Hillsborough, NJ USA

Comments by Jim Naylor on Wednesday, May 23, 2001 at 07:53 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hildenbrand: Thanks for SEABISCUIT. It is an excellent work and brought back many memories. I lived in Azusa, about six miles east of Santa Anita, from 1939 to 1949 (subtract three years for military service). I also lived in Fairfax County Virginia from 1971 to 1977. Great reading experience. Thanks again.
Longwood, FL USA

Comments by Sandra Thielz on Wednesday, May 23, 2001 at 07:11 IP Logged
Ms. Hilldenbrand, Your book is fantastic. Your book gave such a wonderful picture of the magnificence of horses. They are truly wonderful animals and Seabiscuit was the best. I could not put your book down and cried when it was over. Thank you for such a wonderful book. Sandra Thielz
West Chester, Pa USA

Comments by Kenneth Katzner on Wednesday, May 23, 2001 at 04:48 IP Logged
Dear Laura, My hat is off to you. Your Seabiscuit was one of the best books I have ever read. And after reading (and hearing on NPR) of your personal travails I am in awe of what you have accomplished. Of course, for an avid racing fan like me the book couldnít miss. But the fact that it is up there among the national best sellers shows that it is being read by countless others as well. There are just not that many of us around. Much as I love the sport, I think that for your next book you should turn to something else. Horse racing just isnít big enough to encompass your enormous talent for describing momentous events, the atmosphere, the drama, the emotions, and the high and low points in peopleís lives. Perhaps we can meet someday. I live right in the neighborhood. Have published a few books myself. Iíd love it.
Washington, DC USA

Comments by david hale on Wednesday, May 23, 2001 at 03:50 IP Logged
Thank you so much for a very exciting book as a retired jockey i cant find any good books that relate to horse racing like yours looking forward to your next one maybe it might be about a current or past jockey
neworleans, la USA

Comments by Dan Silvert on Wednesday, May 23, 2001 at 03:37 IP Logged
Hi Laura, I'm overwhelmed with what you've accoomplished, and I haven't even read the book yet! Caught a blurb in Newsweek the other day and re-realized that the movie stuff we talked about last year ... I guess I'm a bit behind the curve here! My goodness Laura. This level of appreciation and recognition could not have happened to a better person. I guess I'm off to buy your book now. Reach me if you have time! Your numbers have changed since we last spoke. Dan
Teaneck, NJ USA

Comments by David Yacawych on Wednesday, May 23, 2001 at 00:39 IP Logged
Dear Laura, Thank you, thank you. thank you. I've purchased five copies of your book and sent them to friends as far away as Australia. I grew up in the shadow of Santa Anita and fell in love with horse racing at an early age. I was lucky enough to work the summer after my first year in college at Claiborne Farm in Paris, Kentucky. The day I arrived Arthur B. Hancock's granddaughter who was seven or eight at the time (1961) showed me some of the horses stabled near the family mansion and a stall that had been retired with the nameplate "Seabiscuit" on the door. I assumed The Biscuit stood at stud at Claiborne. It wasn't until years later after I moved to Ukiah, which is near Ridgewood, that I learned Seabiscuit spent his few retirement years in Willits. I still wonder what that stall at Claiborne signified? Do you know the answer?
Ukiah, Ca USA

Comments by Deanne Emmons on Wednesday, May 23, 2001 at 00:29 IP Logged
Hi Laura, Congratulations on a great book!!! I loved reading about the race between Seabiscuit and Stagehand in Chapter 12. I felt like I was in the stands watching. You are a great writer.
Ft. Irwin, USA

Comments by Caroline Power on Tuesday, May 22, 2001 at 06:32 IP Logged
Dear Mrs.Hillenbrand, I WANT A COPY OF THE MATCH RACE BETWEEN SEABISCUIT AND WAR ADMIRAL. Can anyone help me? Please e-mail me if you have a copy of the race. I love your book. I rescue Thoroughbreds from certain death when they aren't able to race anymore. Your book tells of the troubles horses must go through to become heros.
Baton Rouge, La USA

Comments by Kathy Pratte on Tuesday, May 22, 2001 at 06:29 IP Logged
Laura, what can I say that hasn't already been said? I too bought the book after listening to your NPR interview. It was better than expected. I was so emotionally involved that with only 50 pages to go, I stopped reading for a week, I was filled with mixed emotions and then when I found the courage to pick it up again -- I cried when it ended. I may have a flair for the dramatic, but this story warmed my heart -- thank you so much -- what a wonderful talent you have -- thanks for sharing!
St. Louis, MO USA

Comments by john murphy on Tuesday, May 22, 2001 at 04:15 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, Thought you might like to know that I just sent a copy of your excellent book to the Pulitzer prize winning American composer, William Bolcom, on the occasion of his 63rd birthday. I am a pianist who recently recorded his complete "Rags for Piano" (Albany Records), one of which is entitled "Seabiscuits."
new orleans, la USA

Comments by Laura Lee Samford on Tuesday, May 22, 2001 at 03:33 IP Logged
Laura, I don't know what I could possibly say that you haven't already heard. I sat at my kitchen table while it poured down a spring rain, savoring each page and then it ended and I was sobbing. The rain made me feel as though I had gone back in time, when in your book, they were always waiting for the rain to stop. I am touched deeply. My mother, my uncle and now I have read your book. I ride and show American Saddlebred horses. I've never take any interest in horse racing. But now... I watched the Preakness and scan the sports section of The New York Times just to see if they have anything on horses or horseracing. If you ever take an interest in Saddlebreds, let me know. Or better you might want to come see the World Championship Horseshow for our breed in August in Louisville, Kentucky. Thank you for this amazing book, it will be the first time I've read a book twice. Laura Lee Samford
Birmingham, AL USA

Comments by Sarah Hundt on Tuesday, May 22, 2001 at 02:55 IP Logged
As an avid reader I am enthralled by this book Like Secretariat, Seabiscuit rose above the human players of his time. Secretariat the troubled times after the Vietnam War and Watergate Seabiscuit, the Depression and rising war clouds in Europe. I applaud this book and wish the author would write this same type of book about my hero Secretariat
La Crosse, Wi USA

Comments by Bruce Lehman on Tuesday, May 22, 2001 at 02:38 IP Logged
Ms. Laura... As inspired as I was by reading your wonderful book, I also got goosebumps watching your web page open up! I have always loved horses and have had a little experience caring for them, but now my sense of appreciation/admiration has reached a new height. Seabiscuit, and the story of those who cared for him, provided unbridled (pun intended) pleasure. I even asked my Aunt (86 and counting) what she knew about "Pops" and she coould tell me that "He was well-known and quite popular." I am so grateful for all the work and passion you provided and will cherish and share the book for years to come. Peace, Bruce
Fort Wayne, IN USA

Comments by David B. Brode on Tuesday, May 22, 2001 at 02:22 IP Logged
Laura --- So they're doing a movie? Plse don't let some mope Hollywood-type screw-up your poetry. Your characters are classical heroes --- even down to Pumpkin. To paraphrase Pollard, "...don't let (Hollywood) fuck it up like (they) usually do...". ---David Brode (again)
Glencoe, IL USA

Comments by Robert H Starnes on Tuesday, May 22, 2001 at 01:02 IP Logged
I heard you on NPR talking about your book and i immediatly put it on reserve at the local library(sorry I didn't buy it). Its a great human interest story and also great social history of the times. Growing up during the depression I remember well the exploits of Seabiscuit and other great horses of the time even tho horse racing was available in NC. Don't let the movie people mess with the true import of the history of these great people and the great horses. Thank you.
Charlotte, NC USA

Comments by David Beltran on Monday, May 21, 2001 at 08:47 IP Logged
Growing up in and around Agua Caliente, I could not help but remembering my childhood. I've been spending the last 2 years compling data on both Tijuana, and Caliente. And your depictions on Mexico during "that", only brought more focus to the history that took place in the little town of TJ. Today, Tijuana racecourse is gone, lost under the concrete that makes the ZONA RIO. And Caliente, is falling apart from the neglect. The people that were there, are in the same category as WW2 veterans, the are dying, and with them,their account on what went down in T-town. Your book shed light on many things, the risky work of a jock, their struggles, and their suffering to make weight. I just wanted to thank you, for your work, this is a timepiece, that is both timeless, and priceless. David, the friendly Mexican
Chula Vista, CA USA

Comments by Nina on Monday, May 21, 2001 at 07:04 IP Logged
Laura, For 15 years after an IBM career I "raised Thoroughbreads" on oats, corn, barley, raisins,etc. It was an outlet for my interest in the great racehorses and the people who shared their greatness. Foolish Pleasure is another one of my favorites..such a star crossed life, particularly having another horse's name called as Foolish crossed the Kentucky Derby wire first! He died in Wyoming after a short time of freedom. I visited him a few times and attended his induction into the Hall of Fame at Saratoga. I've done quite a bit of research but it's back in Wyoming, on hold while I care for my aging Mother. One of your Guests owns Dancing Pleasure. I hope to connect with his owner and add to my research about Foolish. He was a dear and was treated poorly from what I gather. HIs final owners did not attend his induction to my disappointment. Thanks for Seabiscuit and an age when the great horses hung around for a while. I've only just begun your book and look forward to making it last as long as I can. Nina
USA

Comments by Tom Coyle on Monday, May 21, 2001 at 06:27 IP Logged
After I read your book, I can now understand why the lifesize statue of Seabiscuit resides outside the National Racing Museum and Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, NY. I first heard about the book while viewing the Sports Reporters on ESPN. Can't recall whether it was Dick Shaap or Mike Lupica who gave it a glowing review, but I do remember it was the week Seabiscuit, An American Legend replaced the OReilly Factor as the Number 1 selling Non Fiction Book. I have been going to Saratoga every year since 1985, and am now fortunate that I have been able to go for the entire 6 weeks of the meet since 1997. I especially look forward to the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies each year. If the Board of Directors do not invite you to speak this August at the Induction Festivities, I may have to boycott the ceremony this year. Nevertheless, I will bring my copy of your book in the hopes that you will somehow be there during the meet, to autograph it. Tom Coyle
Dayton, Oh USA

Comments by Judy Boyt on Monday, May 21, 2001 at 05:05 IP Logged
Dear Ms Hillenbrand, I recently read a glowing and enthusiastic report about your book on the legendary Seabiscuit. (The Daily Telegraph, written up by afriend of mine Brigadier Alan Mallinson.) Now I have had the good fortune to have been sent a copy and am avidly devouring it. It is beautifully written. Well done. I am a follower of the racing legends having worked on one of our racing legends from the '30's - Golden Miller. I would very much like to get in touch with you concerning a possible project I have in mind on Seabiscuit - and this would involve you. Please conact me on my email - I will be out in Washington in June and would be keen to meet up and discuss.
Devizes, Wiltshire UK

Comments by Alex Cansino on Monday, May 21, 2001 at 04:18 IP Logged
Muchas Gracias,Muchas Gracias, Muchas Gracias. Just a wonderful book. Having been a racing fan for over 50 years I had no problem putting myself up in the stands watching the marvelous races as you described. Thank you again.
San Francisco, CA USA

Comments by Steve Lipke on Monday, May 21, 2001 at 04:05 IP Logged
Dear Laura, For many years I was involved in the sport of Thoroughbred Racing as a barn foreman, assistant trainer, farm manager, and stable agent meeting some very unique "characters" along the way. During all of my years, history has been my hobby and Thoroughbred Racing my sporting passion. Many of the legends of this sport have never been presented to the general public as you have here with Seabiscuit; your book is a gem. You have brought to my attention many terms, conditions, and traditions of the sport that I had never been able to discover on my own. The history of this sport is rich but not well documented to the general public, and as generations pass many of the heroes and prime figures are glossed over or rarely mentioned. I love this book, it places me right there at that time in all of the action. Thank you for bringing Seabiscuit to us, and enriching our knowledge of the times and Thoroughbred Racing in America in the late 1930s.
La Grange Park, IL USA

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