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Comments by gary eagling on Wednesday, May 09, 2001 at 08:16 IP Logged
Robert Duvall would be an excellent Tom Smith for the movie and he is a horse owner. Sam Shepard or Clint Eastwood for Charles Howard. Am at a loss for the jockeys.

Comments by Howard L. Poertner Jr. on Wednesday, May 09, 2001 at 06:27 IP Logged
Loved the book. My great uncle was Charles S. Howard. By the by, I have an original program from the match race. Please contact if you have any additional information about my family. Thank you. HLP
Beaufort, sc USA

Comments by Dave Tidwell on Wednesday, May 09, 2001 at 06:22 IP Logged
Dear Laura: Thank you for bringing back so many of my fondest memories! My father was a racing fan and so was I. Starting in about the 2nd grade, my father would pick me up from school about noon and we would drive to Santa Anita (and later, Hollywood Park) for the races. He only took me out of school for important races, like when Seabiscuit was running. Fortunately, most of the stakes races were on Saturday. I became addicted to thoroughbred racing, and an amazingly good race prognosticator. I loved Joe Hernandez's wonderful baratone: "There they go!" instead of "They're off!". He was a great story himself. I watched Seabiscuit lose to Rosemont and Stagehand with a broken heart, but when he won in 1940 (I was nine) I actually jumped with joy. I was standing by the rail in the infield a short distance from the finish wire. Your photo on page 316 is identical to the mental image I have carried for 61 years. I would swear that Haas was holding Kayak II back at the wire, but was thrilled that Seabiscuit had won. My father and I went often to both Santa Anita and Hollywood Park until they were closed for World War II. Every evening we would listen to Joe Hernandez call the races on the radio. After the war we seldom went to the tracks. Our lives had changed, but the days of Seabiscuit bring back some of the fondest memories of my lifetime.
Meridian, Idaho USA

Comments by bob striegel on Wednesday, May 09, 2001 at 02:40 IP Logged
wow, what a treat your book is. i just emailed cnbc and nominated SEABISCUIT to be put on their summer recommended reading list. thank you, and happy trails.
biloxi, ms USA

Comments by John Dietz on Wednesday, May 09, 2001 at 02:07 IP Logged
Best book that I have ever read.
Garden City, NY USA

Comments by Debbie Adenan on Wednesday, May 09, 2001 at 00:58 IP Logged
I have greatly enjoyed your book and wanted to thank you for resurrecting a wonderful piece of American history. True stories, when told well, are often more entertaining than fictional ones. The characters in your book are, therefore, all the more enjoyable because they were real. I am happy to hear that the story of Seabiscuit will be made into a film. I remember watching the film The Black Stallion when I was a child and being entranced with the match race of Cyclone and Sunraider. As it was with the Seabiscuit and War Admiral match race, the one in the film was east versus west. Perhaps the filmakers had the Seabiscuit/War Admiral match race in mind when they wrote the script for The Black Stallion? I hope that Universal Pictures does a good job of translating the book and does not make it too "glitzy" and artifical. The fact that this all happened during the Great Depression makes the Seabiscuit story so much more powerful. Beautiful things can happen, even when the chips are down. There are stories like this all throughout American history. They are little gems who have been overshadowed by larger world events. However, it is often the little gems that make life sparkle. Lastly, I really like the website and was wondering about one thing. In your book you claim that you had been able to obtain rare film footage of the match race between War Admiral and Seabiscuit (as well as some other old newsreel footage). It would be GREAT too see the old footage digitized and put onto the web. I am certain that there would be many people who would like to see both horses race once more. Would this be possible?
Washington, DC USA

Comments by Robert T. Buich on Wednesday, May 09, 2001 at 00:43 IP Logged
Hi: I own a small portion of the original Howard Ridgewood Ranch for 20 years now, about 375 acres. It was subdivided by the church that bought the ranch from the Howard estate. I read the book with great interest and facination. I am a native San Franciscan,and a member of St Francis Yacht Club, as was Mr. Howard. I would like to chat more about the ranch. Thanks
Redwood Valley, CA USA

Comments by Eric Leins on Wednesday, May 09, 2001 at 00:02 IP Logged
Ms. Hillenbrand: The most treasured book in my library has always been "Come on Seabiscuit", the first book I ever read, given me by my grandfather over 40 years ago. Your work is a perfect compliment and a very welcome addition. Reading this inspiring story once again, this time from your well-researched perspective, was a welcome reminder that perseverance will be rewarded. Congratulations!
Winter Park, FL USA

Comments by steve fenwick on Tuesday, May 08, 2001 at 08:34 IP Logged
I am a writer and television producer. I would like to discuss a possible new project. Please send me an e-mail address so that I can validate myself and share my ideas. Thanks, Steve Fenwick
Washington, DC USA

Comments by Ralph Steadman on Tuesday, May 08, 2001 at 08:06 IP Logged
Laura, Our interview last night on my radio show was one of the highlights of my years on the radio. I am not sure whether this is the right forum to tell you what an extrodinary person I think you are but, as it turns out, I am left with no alternative. I simply want you to know that you are now part of the lore of the Ralph Steadman show and your book is pretty cool too. I hope that this message finds you well and that we can chat again soon. God's Peace, Ralph Steadman Host, Ralph Steadman Show New Talk 860 KPAM Portland OR.
Portland, OR USA

Comments by John & Jane McNiff on Tuesday, May 08, 2001 at 06:41 IP Logged
We are ardent horse racing enthusiasts and long-standing members of the National Museum of Racing & Hall of Fame here in Saratoga. Last year's big treat was Jane Smiley's wonderful book Horse Heaven and getting to meet her when she had a book signing at the Museum the day before she gave the opening speech at the Hall of Fame inductions. We didn't think something that great would be repeated the very next year- but here we are having just read your wonderful book on Seabiscuit- all the kudos and commercial success are most well-desrved! If your health permits it, it would be a wonderful thing if you were to follow in Jane's footsteps at Saratoga this summer! You have more fans than you can imagine! Our very best wishes for your good health and continued success!
Saratoga Springs, NY USA

Comments by mike brown on Tuesday, May 08, 2001 at 06:18 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I just recieved Seabiscuit for my birthday. I can't wait to read it.I can relate tothis book as I was born and raised in Kentucky and worked on some of the best horse farms such as Three Chimneys,Lanes End and others.I'm sure I will enjoy your book very much. Are you doing any book signing's aroud the Fredericksburg area any time soon? I would love to have you sign my book.
Locust Grovev, VA USA

Comments by Thomas Tolworthy on Tuesday, May 08, 2001 at 05:26 IP Logged
As a boy of 12 years old, living on Staten Island, NY, each morning I went to the local newsstand to obtain the New York Daily News for my Mother. I remember clearly the date 11-02-1938, reading on my way home the story about Seabiscuit winning the greatest horse race in history. Thank you for the wonderful book you have written about this great horse. I am looking forward to the movie. Thomas Tolworthy
Tallahassee, FL United States

Comments by Terry Lilly on Tuesday, May 08, 2001 at 05:22 IP Logged
What was it? I felt currents of emotion going through me within the first five seconds of your interview with Terence Smith...I felt your presence, your passion for an age gone by, your earnest pursuit , your good heart. I am giving the book to my Mother, for Mother's Day, who was twenty in 1938. We both know next to nothing about horse racing, but I remember as our family would all cheer the favorite in any kind of contest, we shared a secret smile and a wink, every time a contestant was introduced as the "underdog". The underdog prayer was always heard. Thank you for your book.
Hollywood, CA USA

Comments by N. Torno on Tuesday, May 08, 2001 at 02:42 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, I am half way through reading your book. I have been enjoying it from an historic perspective. As I read I find myself wishing that the emotion of the day (race day, various events and dilemmas) were a larger part of the scenes being created. I understand that this is difficult to do if you were not present. I wonder if through the emotions of those whom you interviewed that there was not enough information to develop the emotional points in the story further. I want to be present at these extraordinary events. I find that my emotions ignore the fact that I am sixty years too late better than my intellect can. Again, thank you for a glimpse into another time and place.

Comments by Bill Patin on Tuesday, May 08, 2001 at 02:37 IP Logged
Enjoyed the book. Look forward to seeing the movie.
Houston, TX USA

Comments by Susan J. Duffy on Tuesday, May 08, 2001 at 02:12 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand: I am a horse lover, though I have only taken riding lessons, and, oddly enough, I have never been a huge horseracing fan. I am an avid reader, although I don't know why I decided I had to read your book. I have just finished "Seabiscuit." What a remarkable horse, what remarkable people, what remarkable relationships, and WHAT A REMARKABLE BOOK! I have bitten my nails under the strain, whooped with excitement at their wins, and cried in frustration and sadness. Yours is one of the best books I have read in a very long time - fiction and non-. Thank you for persevering.
Mooresville, IN USA

Comments by Joan McGinley on Tuesday, May 08, 2001 at 01:49 IP Logged
Dear Ms Hillenbrand, What a marvelous book you have written. Congratulations on its success. I have an interesting and cherished souvenir of Seabiscuit given to my grandmother by C. S. Howard. I'd be happy to share its story with you if you'd like. Best regards, and good luck on your next venture. Joan McGinley,
Jacksonville Beach, FL USA

Comments by Denny Fallon on Tuesday, May 08, 2001 at 01:27 IP Logged
Hi Laura & Greetings from Sunny San Diego As a rookie sportswriter off the campus of San Diego State University in 1973, one of my duties at the now defunct Blade-Tribune (Oceanside, CA) was to take the picks for the Del Mar Race Track by telephone from legendary southern California handicapper Ernie Mason. He would growl his selections to me in between cigar puffs, at 5:30 in the freakin' morning. Much to Ernie's distress, I would constantly interrupt his his machine gun delivery with stupid comments. Ernie: "Mary Anna in the second to win, to place I've got..." Denny: "Mary Anna? Jesus, my eighth grade nun was Sister Mary Anna. She hated sports. That's a poor pick." Ernie: "Can it. To place, I've got Lovely Loretta and to show..." Denny: "Lovely Loretta? Now that's a winner. There'a a cocktail waitress at the Beachcomber Bar & Grill by that name and she's a stone cold fox." Ernie: "Enough!" Eventually, Ernie discovered he almost liked me. One morning he asked me if I wanted to join him and his wife Louise, who as "Lucky Louise" sold her tout sheet at the track, for opening day at Del Mar. "Thanks, Ernie, but I like to play tennis or swim in the ocean in the afternoon," I joked. "Be at the Solana Gate at noon," Ernie snapped. Opening Day at Del Mar has been a tradition for me ever since, as are frequent excursions to Santa Anita in Los Angeles and to Golden Gate Fields when I visit my family up in the San Francisco Bay Area. Sister Mary Anna just wouldn't understand. Thanks for the splendid book. It's a real treasure. May I send my copy for you to sign? Just e-mail me your mailing address and I'll send it along in a postage-paid return envelope. Hope you're at full gallop real soon. Your readers are anxious for your next project. Cheers, Denny Fallon Pacific Beach Cheers
San Diego, CA USA

Comments by Catherine on Tuesday, May 08, 2001 at 01:10 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, I have just read interview article in US Weekly mag. I am a writer doing research on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and feel that since you were sick after getting food poisoning you could have parasites (20% of parasites don't show up in conventional testing). Quotes from web sites: “It has been our clinical experience that parasite infestation is extremely high in the United States. It can be from one, or many, things either from traveling in another country or even from the food we eat here at home, but once you have them a person can go for years completely asymptomatic. Or there can be cyclic diarrhea, which can eventually lead to a malabsorption syndrome. “One of the indicators of long term infestation is that the patient appears to have non specific transient symptoms in almost every system of the body which seem to come and go often with each reoccurrence being worse then the time before. A profile that can be very confusing as well as frustrating to the doctor as well as the patient. The symptoms can come and go changing in symptomatic presentation, and most of the patients seen come to us with a diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or Fibromyalgia. “Even with the lab tests that are used for parasitic infestation, more often then not, they give a false negative profile due to the cyclic stages that the parasite goes through. It is usually due to luck when and infestation is found, and the conventional method of treatment by the medical community is with antibiotics, which will give symptomatic relief at best. “It has been found that homeopathic remedies in conjuction with a sulfur bearing amino acid is extremely useful in treating the parasitic infestation of the intestine, both large body parasites and amoebas. Parasites don’t like sulfur; it’s that simple.

Comments by "Tom Smith" on Tuesday, May 08, 2001 at 00:49 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I read that promoting your book is causing a relapse in your CFS. Remember to take as much time as you need to curl up in the hay and get the rest you need. The Biscuit would understand! From a fellow CFSer.
Madison, WI USA

Comments by Carol Schriner on Tuesday, May 08, 2001 at 00:16 IP Logged
Fabulous! I too read stories of Seabicuit as a girl and fell in love with him.. Now I have an adult horsie fix! I haven't been reading much in the past 3 months as I was in a serious accident and this is the first book that I've been able to concentrate on. In a way ,it marks my comeback as a reader(next to horses, my favorite thing). KUDOS and THANK YOU.
Keizer, or USA

Comments by Susan Chadwick on Tuesday, May 08, 2001 at 00:16 IP Logged
Like all the others,I was totally captivated by the story of Seabiscuit. Not just because he was an underdog but because of the relationships you described between the horse and the three men and because of his wonderful heart and love of racing. Your desciptions of the races were so exciting that sometimes I had to put the book down for a minute before continuing - I felt as if I was part of the race. Your love of horses and people came through loud and clear. Thank you, thank you.
Oakland, CA USA

Comments by Garry O'Day on Tuesday, May 08, 2001 at 00:03 IP Logged
I have been a fan of Sea Biscuit for many years now. I cannot wait to see your book released in Australia. A great story that should be released as a Movie.
Cairns, Qld Australia

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