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Comments by Margo Andrews on Saturday, July 26, 2003 at 05:20 IP Logged
My mother's uncle (George Keilty) was said to be a horse trainer. The story I have heard my whole life was that he trained Seabiscuit. He was born in Broxburn, Scotland in 1902. However, other that a photo of him with Seabiscuit and that on his death certificate it says he was a horse trainer. We have never found solid evidence that this story is true. I have been trying to find the truth for over 6 years. Could you please help me. (Or anyone) that you very much. Can't wait to see the movie. going tonight.
Chase, MI USA

Comments by Mazie on Saturday, July 26, 2003 at 04:23 IP Logged
God Bless You Laura..How can anyone not like the film. I have heard so much about it. I sure hope you are a Oscar Winner. I know I will root for you.
Norwood, Ma. USA

Comments by Carla on Saturday, July 26, 2003 at 04:07 IP Logged
Just saw the movie tonight! Wonderful. The story of the little horse who could! Seabiscut has always been my favorite horse!
Greeley, Co USA

Comments by Marianne Snapp on Saturday, July 26, 2003 at 03:35 IP Logged
This is one of the most incredible books i have ever read. The description of these charaters and the horse were amazing. I DID NOT want it to end!!!!! So i read it again. I felt transported back to this time period and enamored by these incredible men and this phenomenal horse. The sections detailing the horse races were amazing!!!! I felt i was there. Applause, Applause, Applause, Author, Author!!!!!!
Hollywood, Fl USA

Comments by Bernie Steininger on Saturday, July 26, 2003 at 03:17 IP Logged
Dear Laura, Saw the movie yesterday and am half way through your book. Loved the movie and am enjoying your book even more. Very touched by the story. Men with spirit and an incredible horse wtih spirit. You book has captured this in such a beautiful fashion. Love the history in the book. Thank you for this book. Just don't want it to end! Take care of yourself. Bernie
Vancouver, BC Canada

Comments by Liz C. Pineda on Saturday, July 26, 2003 at 03:16 IP Logged
I read your book, Seabiscuit twice and I love it. I saw the movie today, and I wonder why it did not follow the book. I believe the movie will be a hit, but it would be much better to tell the story as truthfully as possible. Thank you, for writing a wonderful, beautiful,inspiring story that is needed today just as Seabiscuit and company were needed during the 30's. I have become Seabiscuit/horseracing fan.
San Antonio, Tx USA

Comments by Roland L. Wack on Saturday, July 26, 2003 at 03:16 IP Logged
I have just read many of the thoughts of others re your book - I have little to add, other than you deserve ANY recognition you get PLUS!! The movie opened today, I guess, though I am reluctant to see it, as in the past, no film can match the thrill and images I conjure up when I read a book. Though I will see it. One personal note: Back in 1935, when I was 4 years old,in Chicago (Arlington Park), I would go marketing with my mother. The "butcher boy" where we traded, and who apparently played the horses suggested to my mother that she should put some money on Seabiscuit. I was with her at the time and have remembered that horses name ever since. My mother is still alive,96,and I told her about your book. Unfortunately, she is not a reader, but she did remember Seabiscuit - and also the "butcher boy" - Humm!! Thanks again for an incredible read. Roland Wack, Prescott,AZ
prescott, az USA

Comments by Pam Smith on Saturday, July 26, 2003 at 02:59 IP Logged
We just went and saw the movie "Sea Biscuit" it is the best movie of the summer with a great story. We would like to know if Sea Biscuit sired any off spring? And if he did were they also great race horses?
Newton, Ia USA

Comments by on Saturday, July 26, 2003 at 02:44 IP Logged
i love to see the movie my life long dream is to race a horse and be as good as seabiscut this is for everybody who has a dream to live it out
Charlottesville, va USA

Comments by Frank Evanov on Saturday, July 26, 2003 at 02:36 IP Logged
Loved the book and really enjoyed the movie. One factual inquiry. In the book, you claim that in the race before Howard bought Seabiscuit, the Biscuit faced one other horse and broke 10 lengths behind before rallying to win. The Racing Form chart howerever shows that the horse won wire to wire by 4 lengths! Which is correct?

Comments by on Saturday, July 26, 2003 at 02:31 IP Logged
I'm not into horse racing or even horses; I think they are obstreperous, but this was an amazing story. Your ability to tell it is the true marvel! The movie was a fairly good representation of the book, though I wish there was time to fit more of your story into it.
Austin, TX USA

Comments by christophe on Saturday, July 26, 2003 at 02:24 IP Logged
what an inspirational and amazing story! i've seen many shows on tv prior to this movie... but all in all, go see it!
phoenix, az USA

Comments by Carole Bartolotto on Saturday, July 26, 2003 at 02:15 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I grew up with parents who loved going to Hollywood Park and Santa Anita. As a result, I spent many a weekend at either place bored and a bit annoyed. I wanted to be outside playing, reading or anywhere but there. So it was a minor miracle that I made it to the movie "Seabiscuit" and I am certainly glad I did! The only reason I went was that I read about your health issues in Newsweek. I too was diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome in 1988. After a hellish experience, lost friends and an abandonded dream of getting a doctorate degree, I did get better. I still struggle with my health but I lead an pretty normal life. I would love to tell you about the things I have done to get better. Please do email me. I find it interesting that you wrote a book about people who had to deal with such adversity and overcame it (against all odds) when you have done the same with your book. That alone is inspirational! I look forward to reading your book and I hope to hear from you. Carole
Los Angeles, CA USA

Comments by tom barbuto on Saturday, July 26, 2003 at 02:12 IP Logged
Recently purchased your book, out of curiosity mainly. I had heard of Seabiscuit (I'm on the sunny side of 50), but not knowledgable. I am not an avid book reader, but I could not put the book down. Bought it at an airport bookstore, finished it 2 days later and I was glued to every sentence. Your writing style is very "grabbing" and your discriptive style of the events had me daydreaming as I was reading. Just saw the movie, and felt it did your work justice. Certainly, in a movie format many things have to be condensed, curtailed and eliminated all together. But on a scale of one to ten, it was an 11. Yes, I teared up many times, reading your book and during the movie. I just had one question, though. In your book and the movie we did not hear much about Howard's other son, Lin, only in your book did you bring him into the picture in the end of your story. Just curious. GREAT JOB,,
rochester hills, mi USA

Comments by Annette M. Dodge on Saturday, July 26, 2003 at 02:03 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I have just ordered the Collector's Edition of SEABISCUIT and am looking forward to reading it and to seeing the movie. My father took me to see the original STORY of SEABISCUIT shortly after my 11th birthday in 1951. It was a beautiful northern Ontario winter night and I remember how much we loved the movie and what a special evening it was. As it turned out, my father passed away that July so it has always remained as one of the last memories I have of my Dad. A couple of years ago, I managed to track down a copy of that movie and it was a wonderful experience to watch it again and it did bring back a lot of memories of that special time. Thank you so much for writing the book and, in doing so, bringing so much joy to so many. Sincerely, Annette M. Dodge
Mallorytown, ON CanadaSA

Comments by mike gettelman on Saturday, July 26, 2003 at 01:59 IP Logged
saw the movie friday afternoon. although it captured me emotionally, the more i think about it i dont think it does your book (or the story) justice. too chopped up at the start, too much left out, too many racing repetitive racing scenes (i guess once they figured out how to do all that, they had to use it a lot--i would have preferred tapes of the real thing, or at least the real calls (hernandez, clem ?, etc.), more enmphasis on the way the country was inspired, etc. thanks again for bringing this story to life. fortuntely, funny cide lost the belmont; we are so hungry for a real american hero we would have accepted him even though he'll never be SEABISCUIT.
big sky, mt USA

Comments by Kristy B. on Saturday, July 26, 2003 at 01:31 IP Logged
ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC! I've read the book at least 10 times already! :) Saw the movie last night...I just love this story!
Doylestown, PA USA

Comments by Chris Williams on Saturday, July 26, 2003 at 01:30 IP Logged
Ms. Hillenbrand - I'm writing to you after reading about your battle with CFS. Your CFS diagnosis and vertigo experience seem very similar to something I was diagnosed with...waardenburg syndrome. The doctor who treated me was Dr. Owen Black in Portland Oregon. He is a head & neck surgeon who along with about five-six doctor's nationwide are exploring the genetic link to inner ear disorders. I don't know if this will help you, but I hope it will. He had a grant from NASA at the time I was treated and it certainly improved my spirits to be put through a bunch of sophisticated tests, but even more so to improve dramatically after treatment. I link my symptoms to what a nuerosurgeon called a viral infection...just sounded so familiar to your food poisoning story. You may contact me if you have problems reaching Dr. Black. P.S. The book was a great read...excellent storytelling and research on bringing the characters to life.
katonah, NY USA

Comments by CS Olson on Saturday, July 26, 2003 at 01:24 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand: I just finished reading your novel, and I am just stunned at how great it is. Your characters were so well developed, I just felt like I really knew them. Your description of the horses and the races really made me feel like I was there. I look forward to seeing the movie. When I was a child, my favorite book was "Old Bones," the story of an ugly underrated horse who would become the mighty Exterminator. Your novel brought me the same joy I felt as a child. Thank you for bringing this story to all of us!
Oregon City, OR USA

Comments by Brian Brooks on Saturday, July 26, 2003 at 01:20 IP Logged
I havent read the book but just got back from seeing the movie. I am not one who has been interested in horseracing but was totally blown away by this story. My Father remembers seeing Seabisquit and Man Of war in Willits Ca. In the early 40's as a young boy.This story touched myself and my family in a profound way.I plan to make a trip to Ridgewood ranch in the future.I have called Northern California my home my whole life,and live less than 45 minutes away from Willits. Thank you for bring this story back into focus for a whole new generation. Go Seabisquit.
Lakeport , Ca. USA

Comments by michele on Saturday, July 26, 2003 at 01:16 IP Logged
winnipeg, mb canada

Comments by John Herrmann on Saturday, July 26, 2003 at 01:16 IP Logged
I saw Seabiscuit run at Bay Meadows probably in the very early 1940s prior to WW2 when tracks many tracks were closed. By the way, do you know anyone who remembers the distance horse Malicious? I saw his last race, again at Bay Meadows. He was a come-from-behind closer, and this was a FOUR MILE RACE! I've never heard of one again. The caller would always yell, "And here comes Malicious," who would move up so fast that the other horses looked like they were running backwards. In this last race, Malicious finished second. I remember it as though it were this afternoons featrure race. Good book. Now do one on Malicious. John Herrmann
Libby, MT USA

Comments by Christine G. Anastos on Saturday, July 26, 2003 at 01:06 IP Logged
Dear Laura, Ever since I read of your story in the Pond's Dramatic Results SKIN DEEP success stories, I laminated your page and have had it in plain view as a daily reminder of how adversity can be overcome with strength, perseverance, and dedication. Naturally, I was also compelled to read your novel, Seabiscuit: An American Legend, and it was simply incredible. You are truly an inspiration to those who are afflicted with illness and you have most certainly given new meaning to your life and have reconnected with the world in a way that most people never will; you have touched the lives of many in such a positive way. Attending the movie premiere with my father, Ernest, who was born the same year as Seabiscuit and also read your book, was a very special experience for both of us and we had been looking forward to it for quite some time; we enjoyed it tremendously. Like the extraordinary little Seabiscuit, you have overcome the odds - and won! I wish you not only relief from the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and vertigo with which you have been afflicted but also all the best that the life has to offer. Warm regards, Christine
Arlington, MA USA

Comments by Jane on Saturday, July 26, 2003 at 01:04 IP Logged
Dear Laura: I have just purchased your book today, I had my daughter go to purchase for me, I was SO inspired to purchase this book after my sister who has fibromalgia told me about seeing you being interviewed last week and you talking about your Chronic Fatigue. I only wish I had seen that interview. I too have severe chronic fatigue, though I don't believe it came from an infection etc. I am bed-ridden a great deal of the time, when I heard you can only get downstairs on occasion, I could not believe my ears. I have laid in bed for the best part of four years ill, more tests, no real answers, and I've prayed and prayed to God saying "out there in that big world there must be someone else who has severe chronic fatigue like me." Because anyone I have heard of with fibro/CFS seem to be living quite normal lives, you are truly an inspiration to me. When I get my eyes open and they are not too bad vision wise (blurry) I can not wait to read Seabiscuit. It may take me a long time, but as you know there are better days and terrible, torture days. Thanks you Laura for this book, I would love to know more about you, how long you have been ill and how it began? If there is anyone who answers your E-Mails I would love to hear from you. I am not selling anything, just looking for someone's story of suffering and perserverance. God Bless you and congratulations on such a wonderful book. They are already talking on the Canadian entertainment shows that this movie will probably be one nominated for an Oscar. Thank you and best of luck.
Saint John, N.B. Canada

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