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Comments by Penelope Ann Bisbee on Friday, August 31, 2001 at 03:03 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I'm only on page 87 of your wonderful book and I'm completely smitten with Seabiscuit, the characters, the story, and your smack-'em-between-the-eyes, truth-telling prose and your float-'em-off-the-ground, artful poetry. I can hardly wait to finish up page 339. Also, I saw you on "Good Morning, America," I'll be hoping that a cure for CFS will come soon. Sincerely, Penelope Bisbee
Fort Worth, Tx USA

Comments by Amanda on Friday, August 31, 2001 at 02:11 IP Logged
I was just thinking about the Seabiscuit movie to be made. I think it would be realy cool if some notables from todays racing industry made appearances in the movie. For example jockies like Kent Desormeux could do some of the riding for the racing scenes and maybe even have a few lines. Also a suggestion for the race caller. Dan Louiselle from Woodbine Toronto is an excellent race caller and it would be realy neat if he had a part in the movie as well. Just something to think about. Amanda
Alberta, Canada

Comments by Al Leonardi on Friday, August 31, 2001 at 00:05 IP Logged
Dear Laura: First, congratulations to you for 'uncovering' this story. It is odd that no one had the foresight to realize that there there was a story. Seabiscuit deserved that it be written with passion and dignity. His place in history has been secured beacuse of you. I wasn't certain what to expect when I began reading the book. However, it was obvious after the first few pages that this was no ordinary sports book about a legendary figure. Over the years, I have frequented racetracks and always enjoyed the strength and beauty of these wondrous animals. I enjoyed this book immensely. I laughed and cried. I felt the pride that the men and women who loved that horse felt. The simple description of the end of the horses'life was perfectly insightful.You should be so proud of this marvellous book. I put 'Seabiscuit' neck and neck with Roger Cahn's 'Boys of Summer'. Bravo! Al Leonardi

Comments by donna ripple on Thursday, August 30, 2001 at 09:29 IP Logged
Could someone please forward to me the sites Ms. Hillenbrand wants us to email. I deleted by mistake. I certainly want to help her cause. Seabiscuit is one of the best books I ever read! Thanks
pittsburgh, pa USA

Comments by Dianne T. Thompson on Thursday, August 30, 2001 at 08:50 IP Logged
I was deeply impressed not only with Seabiscuit's remarkable story, but with your ability to convey it so beautifully within the context of the times. Before this book, I knew nothing of the amazing Seabiscuit nor of the unlikely trio who recognized and, facing long odds, nurtured a champion. Thank you for bringing Seabiscuit's astonishing saga, which once captivated this country, back into our national consciousness. You deserve all the accolades you are receiving, and then more.
Laurel, MD USA

Comments by Norman Kaufman on Thursday, August 30, 2001 at 08:40 IP Logged
Hi Laura...I'm a frequent visitor, though not often a winner, to Belmont Racetrack during the season. I enjoyed your book Seabiscuit very much and would like to send it to you for an autograph. May I ?
Brooklyn , NY USA

Comments by Helen Safford on Thursday, August 30, 2001 at 04:13 IP Logged
Dear Laura,I just read "Four Good Legs Between Us" and downloaded it for my husband, Art. Tomorrow I will buy him the book. Art had the good fortune to live on the Howard Ranch from the time he was 6 years old. His father, Ecton Safford moved the family to Willits from Danville, Ca. around 1929. One of the times when Seabiscuit was lame and sent to the Ridgewood Ranch my husband was about 14 and just the right size to exercise Seabiscuit every day. He just finished his autobiography and I loved his story. Your story is very special to us because my husband and his sister knew the Howards and Seabiscuit. Good luck with your movie and your health.
Ukiah, Ca. USA

Comments by Coralie DeWald on Thursday, August 30, 2001 at 01:07 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I, by good fortune, was able to see your interview with Dr. Nancy Snyderman, on "Good Morning America", yesterday. I am so impressed with your spirit in dealing with your health,and your obvious love for Seabiscuit, and the people in his life!! I read the book earlier this summer , loved it and your writing, so much, and was completely absorbed in it, that I emailed you immediately after. I consider myself fortunate to have seen the interview. I was so intensely impressed by the way your eyes sparkled, and your voice was full of admiration and enthusiasm during the interview for the phenomenon that was/is Seabiscuit. My sympathies in your battle with CFS. The toll each interview and public appearance take on your very fragile health commands such admiration from me. I find myself lamenting the energy I wish I had for some of my horse activities, but feel embarrassed when I see what you experience on a daily basis. I enjoy reading other additions to your guestbook, and am so enriched by the obvious love and respect, admiration and honor other emailers have for you, and for this great, great book. I am sure that I am not alone in contacting celebrities to request your presence on their shows. Great good things to you, Laura, you are a truly unique person! Sincerely, Coralie DeWald
Staples, MN USA

Comments by Amanda on Thursday, August 30, 2001 at 00:59 IP Logged
Hey. I'm just here to say what everyone else is saying. I'm 18 years old and was born a racefan. I have read many books on horses and so far Seabiscuit is the best book ever. There are not enough compliments in the world to do it justice. Keep up the good work and look forward to reading your future work. Amanda
Alberta, Canada

Comments by JEFF KESSLER on Wednesday, August 29, 2001 at 09:12 IP Logged
DEAR LAURA, I DO NOT LIKE HORSE RACING BOOKS, OR MOVIES. NONE OF THEM HAVE EVER COME CLOSE TO BEING ACTUAL. SINCE THE DAYS OF MICKEY ROONEY MOVIES, STATING THOSE FAMOUS LINES, SUCH AS...."GO BEAUTY GO, ASHLEY NEEDS THAT OPERATION SOON OR SHE'LL DIE". THINGS HAVE NOT GOTTEN MUCH BETTER. I WAS A JOCKEY IN THE 60'S AND 70'S MYSELF. STARTING ON THE TRACK AT THE AGE OF 13. LIVING IN STALLS AND GOING THROUGH MUCH OF WHAT YOU SPOKE ABOUT. IT WAS A DIFFERENT ERA. I HAD TO RETIRE EARLIER THEN I WANTED DUE TO SERIOUS INJURIES AND JUST PLAIN TIRED OF REDUCING FOR SO MANY YEARS.BUT MY MEMORIES WILL GO WITH ME TO MY GRAVE AND I WOULDNT TRADE THEM FOR ANYTHING. YOUR BOOK WAS ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE. YOU ARE THE FIRST PERSON WHO HAS EVER TOLD IT AS IT ACTUALLY IS. THE REAL WORLD OF JOCKEYS. IF YOU WERE TO ASK 10 PEOPLE TO NAME 50 ATHLETES....NOT ONE OF THEM WOULD COME UP WITH "JOCKEY". THAT IS REALLY SAD AND IT HURTS RIDERS DEEPLY. I WAS THRILLED WHEN I READ THE PART ABOUT HOW YOU THOUGHT JOCKS WERE AMONG THE GREATEST ATHLETES OF ALL. WE ALWAY KNEW THAT. MAYBE NEXT TIME SPORTS FANS WATCH ATHLETES SUCH AS FOOTBALL PLAYERS GET THEIR BELL RUNG, OR BREAK A FINGER, THEY DONT MAKE COMMENTS SUCH AS, "BOY THOSE BIG GUYS ARE BRAVE TO BE OUT THERE". HELL,THEY ONLY HAVE ON SOMETHING LIKE 25-30 POUNDS OF PROTECTIVE GEAR. SEE IF THEY WOULD HAVE THE COURAGE, BALANCE, STRENGTH OR REFLEX TO RIDE IN A HORSE RACE. I THINK NOT. ANYWAY, THANKS FOR THE GREAT STORY AND TELLING IT LIKE IT REALLY IS. IT IS OBVIOUS YOU SPENT A LOT OF TIME AND RESEARCH GETTING IT RIGHT. RETIRED "RACE RIDER"
PLANTATION, FL USA

Comments by Janet Crawford on Wednesday, August 29, 2001 at 08:58 IP Logged
Dear Laura, Congratulations on a wonderful book. I enjoyed reading it on our journey to the World Championship Horse Show in Louisville last week. When the great hackney pony that my husband trains took a wrong step and was unable to defend his world title, it helped to remember that even Champions have bad luck. I look forward to your next book! Janet Crawford
Somers, CT USA

Comments by lauren acton on Wednesday, August 29, 2001 at 08:57 IP Logged
Hi Laura- I saw Good Morning America and just had to write. Congratulations on your perseverance with writing so beautifully under the CFS condition! You are so inspiring to artists who suffer with this illness but still need to create. I too have had CFS for 10/12 years and am getting ready for a oil show in Boston in Feb. I too live around the horrible disease, taking naps and dealing with my miserable to bad days. I found strength in your persistent attitude to your writing in the throes of this illness. This is such a life-transforming illness that it forces you to take time to reflect on who one is and what's important. It made me happy to see an fellow artist challenge and win over this illness through the writing of your bestseller! signed Lauren Acton - fellow artfriend
boston, ma USA

Comments by Catherine on Wednesday, August 29, 2001 at 08:44 IP Logged
Hi Laura. I just saw your interview on Good Morning America. Congrats on the book! Regarding CFS ~ there are successful treatments. There is hope! Please check out this link ~ http://www.chronicfatigue.org/ Wonderful doctor and clinic with amazing results. These people have saved my life. Best of luck to you.
Lahaska, PA USA

Comments by Douglas Whyland on Wednesday, August 29, 2001 at 08:33 IP Logged
Hi Laura, I just saw your interview on "Good Morning America", I thought it was a great interview. I am on my way to get your book. I also felt a great compasion for your suffering with your illness. I feel compelled to tell you about some people I know that have gotten some releife from your illness by using alternative medicine. I would love to tell you more if you are interested. Please email me and I will be glad to put you intouch with them.
Sanford, ME USA

Comments by Nancy Koran on Wednesday, August 29, 2001 at 08:16 IP Logged
"SEABISCUIT" is one of the most fascinating books I've ever read. Bravo to Laura Hillenbrand!
New York, NY USA

Comments by Ann Freitas on Wednesday, August 29, 2001 at 07:41 IP Logged
I loved this book. It had everything, and I couldn't put it down. A story of race horsing, to be sure... but more a love story. Seabiscuit and Tom Smith. Seabiscuit and Charles Howard. Seabiscuit and Red Pollard. Seabiscuit and the entire country. And now, Seabiscuit and me. Thank you. Your talent is as great as Seabiscuit's heart.
Salem, MA USA

Comments by Cindy Caldwell on Wednesday, August 29, 2001 at 07:39 IP Logged
Wonderful story telling! Please write some more.
Huntsville, AL USA

Comments by Gayle M. Garrison on Wednesday, August 29, 2001 at 07:10 IP Logged
Hi laura: I saw your story on Good Morning America this morning and was very impressed with your personal accomplishment in writing this book. I of course had heard the name Seabiscuit, but was unaware of his fascianting story. Looking forward to reading the book! My best wishes for your future.
NY USA

Comments by Rob Secinaro on Wednesday, August 29, 2001 at 05:24 IP Logged
Hi Laura, Congratulations on your book !! We are using non-medical wellness products that have been significantly helping people with your condition. Let me know if you are open to trying them. Sincerely, Rob
New Durham, NH USA

Comments by Jim on Wednesday, August 29, 2001 at 04:58 IP Logged
Hello Laura, I've never written to anyone like this, author or otherwise, but for some reason, after seeing your interview, felt compelled to do so... You seem to epitomize the feeling that in certain people, the creative urges compel us to overcome tremendous obstacles. I wish I could write as well as you, I am trying but find that my creativity lies in my photography - I strive for pictures that, through composition & subject matter, communicate to people on an emotional level. My love for & pursuit of photography has had many obstacles, but none as overwhelming as the physical hurdles you have had to endure - obviously you are a determined woman with tremendous willpower! Such determination & relentless pursuit of ones dreams is to be admired! Okay, though sincere, this is beginning to sound like I'm laying it on a little thick! I don't want you to get a big head! ;-) If you would would like, I would love to keep in touch - I have this feeling we would have much to talk about - I've had horses most of my life and even 'used to' have a subscription to Equus! Perhaps I should renew it, huh?! Anyway, if you want a new friend to chat with - tough times as well as the good... I'd love to hear from you! Have you ever just encountered someone that you felt you already knew, but had never met before? I just did... Jim
Redwood City, Ca USA

Comments by howard tepper on Wednesday, August 29, 2001 at 04:27 IP Logged
Laura Thank you for a great book. I have been a horseracing fan for over 50 years and your book made me feel as though I were there watching the Biscuit run.Unfortunately I was too young when he was running and I saw Secretariat win his Belmont by the length of the stretch and I thought that was the greatest race I had ever seen but the description of the match race lets me feel that I have seen two of the greatest races ever run. I would hope that the film remains true to the book because your story is woven from love and a deep desire to portray the true story of Seabiscuit and his entourage.(I hope Tommy Lee is cast as Tom Smith-I kept seeing him in my minds eye as the actor to best depict this great trainer. Again-reading your book was like drinking a fine fine wine. Howard Tepper
nashville, tn USA

Comments by Dianne Self on Wednesday, August 29, 2001 at 03:01 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I read Seabiscuit a few months ago and absolutely loved it! I saw you on GMA today discussing Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and wanted to ask you if you have been tested for lyme disease. My daughters have lyme disease and have had almost the same symptoms that you have. Most lyme tests are not very reliable so maybe you should see a doctor that specializes in it and who will know the tests to do, because it is treatable with antibiotics. After 3 years of treatment my older daughter is now in remission and has her life and much of her energy back. She was misdiagnosed with CFS and the other daughter (in another town at the time) was misdiagnosed with Epstein Barr, both with similar symptoms. Both girls were horseback riders and atheletes and evidently horses can carry ticks that carry lyme, which is in almost every state in the U.S. I personally have talked with people who have been misdiagnosed by such prestigious institutions as Mayo Clinic and Johns Hopkins, so I hope you will pursue this avenue so that you can recover your strength and be able to write prolifically for the rest of the world's enjoyment for many years to come. Sincerely, Dianne Self
Euless, TX USA

Comments by Bonnie Gorman on Wednesday, August 29, 2001 at 02:17 IP Logged
Dear Laura, Thanks for a great book. More importantly thanks for being such a thoughtful, articulate spokesperson for people with CFIDS/FM. Serendipity and perhaps providence thrust you into this role, but you have more than risen to the occasion and we are all so very grateful for your willingness to share your personal CFIDS story. Thanks so much from all of us with CFIDS/FM. Keep up the great work! Take special care, Bonnie Gorman Mass. CFIDS/FM Assoc.
Boston, MA USA

Comments by Laura Hillenbrand on Wednesday, August 29, 2001 at 01:43 IP Logged
FROM THE AUTHOR: Many people have asked about why Seabiscuit's head does not appear on the cover of my book. Seabiscuit was a phenomenon not only in the sports world, but across the American culture. His story is not only one of a horse, but one of fascinating and complicated men who came from disparate walks of life to combine into a marvelous partnership. It is also a story of Depression-era America. The Random House art director chose the cover photo because, by focusing on the men in the winner's circle and the enormous crowd, it underscores the human aspect of this story. He wanted to be sure that people gave this book a chance, and didn't simply dismiss it as a "horse book." By having Seabiscuit's neck lead off the right side of the cover, I think he was also trying to lure readers inside. I agree that it is odd not to have the horse's head on the cover, and I had to think long and hard before I accepted it, but I think it was the right choice. The book went straight to number one on the New York Times best seller list and has remained on the list for six straight months; had only the equine-loving population read it, it would have sold only a few thousand copies and never approached the best seller list. In the end, I think not having the horse's head on the cover was, paradoxically, good for the horse, because it helped bring him and the wonderful men who handled him back into the American consciousness, which was my primary goal. I hope so!
USA

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