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Comments by Lisa Mohan-Ram on Saturday, August 11, 2001 at 09:22 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I am a former teacher at Grace Episcopal Day School where your nieces attended last year (I taught 6th Grade). After seeing your article in the Washington Post, my husband bought Seabiscuit as a surprise for me. I've just finished reading it and can't wait for my husband and other family members to read it. There were lots of key passages read through tears on the metro! Thank you for writing such a wonderful book. Dick Francis is coming to Mystery Books in Dupont Circle in September--and I'm going to ask him if he's read your book! Have a great summer and thanks once again for such an inspirational story.--Lisa
Washington, D.C. USA

Comments by Maria Di Pasquale on Saturday, August 11, 2001 at 04:44 IP Logged
Thank you very much for a wonderful book. I learned so much and the story moved me deeply. Congratulations on a job well done.
Arlington, VA USA

Comments by kent gilmore on Saturday, August 11, 2001 at 04:05 IP Logged
Congratulations on a superlative achievement. The most emotionally charged and engrossing book I have read in along time.I ride, train, and breed dressage horses so it was unigue to see the word in print in your book. I grew up in San Francisco and the south peninsula where much of the history of Seabiscuit took place as, of course, you know. The great horse Pharlap died on my family's propery. You may have come across the name of my uncle, Bill Gilmore, in you research of Tanfaran Racetrack. Call me at 805-237-9892. I would like to meet you and discuss a novel I am working on currently. I think you would enjoy visiting the ranch and exchanging some historical information Kent Gilmore
paso robles, ca USA

Comments by Harry D. Frick III on Saturday, August 11, 2001 at 03:03 IP Logged
Laura: Your book "Seabiscuit: An American Legend" was marvelous. I'm an American history teacher and usually read only political, economic, and military history. However, the jacket cover of "Seabiscuit" caught my attention and I started reading. I couldn't put the book down. Thank you for telling an extraordinary, unforgettable story. You had me in the palm of your hand. Harry Frick
Culver, IN USA

Comments by Ed Richardson on Saturday, August 11, 2001 at 02:16 IP Logged
You wrote a wonderful book. Could'nt put it down. Now for the movie: I nominate Bridges as Howard, Hackman as Smith, and Duval as Pollard.
Indianapolis, IN USA

Comments by jann gath on Friday, August 10, 2001 at 07:32 IP Logged
as a long time racehorse owner/breeder i want to thank you for the best read i've had in a long while! cheers to you for giving this wonderful story life & credit to all those involved. i didn't want the book to end & cried at the bittersweet ending.i cannot wait to see the movie & found myself 'casting' it as i read along! i'm always pleased when a four legger gets the headlines! thanx again for this great pleasure!
long beach, ca USA

Comments by Cindy Scanlan on Friday, August 10, 2001 at 07:21 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I just finished reading your book and I immediately went to the jacket to look for a way to contact you. I laughed and cried and learned so much about that period of our history. Thank you for bring Seabiscuit back to life in such a wonderful story. I can'rt wait for the movie. Forget about finding actors to play Howard, Smith, Pollard, and Woolf. Who's going to play "The Biscuit"?
Osterville, MA USA

Comments by Cindy Scanlan on Friday, August 10, 2001 at 07:13 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I just finished your book and immediately went to the jacket to find a way to get in touch with you. I laughed, I cried, and I learned so much about life in the 30's. Thank you for bringing Seabiscuit back to life. Forget worrying about who will play Howard, Smith, Pollard, and Woolf in the movie. Who's going to play "The Bisquit"?
Osterville, MA USA

Comments by Bobby Lillis on Friday, August 10, 2001 at 06:16 IP Logged
The 12th Annual Thoroughbred Charities of America Ltd. Stallion Season & Sporting Art Auction, will be held on December 1, 2001 at Candyland Farm in Middletown DE. Over the past eleven years, the TCA, an affiliate of NTRA Charities, has distributed more than $5-million in grants to non-profit organizations that work toward making a better life for Thoroughbreds. The grantees range from large well-established research hospitals to the unsung hero's who work tirelessly and often without recognition to facilitate rescue and retirement of our equine friends that have lived beyond their racing careers. Would you be interested in donating an autographed by you, Sea Biscut book to this honorable cause? Your book and contribution would get enormous exposure and would fit well at this affair. If you would like to entertain this idea, please call me, Bobby Lillis, at 410-265-6843 my e-mail address is mdassistance@erols.com, or Wendy Moon at: Thoroughbred Charities of America 1343 Bohemia Mill Road Middletown, DE 19709 (302)378-7192. Visit their website at www.thoroughbredcharities.com . Respectfully yours, Bobby Lillis Benefits Coordinator Maryland Horsemen's Assistance Fund, Inc.
Baltimore, Md USA

Comments by Gene Sumi on Friday, August 10, 2001 at 05:55 IP Logged
Dear Ms Hillenbrand: I received a copy of your book from your father. He knew I grew up in Southern California and was familiar with Seabiscuit and the racetracks in the area. Your father has a reason to be proud of your work. I thoroughly enjoyed the book, not only because of the wonderful story of this remarkable racehorse and the very remarkable people who were a part of his story. I wanted to tell you that I think you are a excellent writer and the way you told this story was a great as the story itself. As an American of Japanese descent, I wanted to tell you that my family was interned at Santa Anita racetrack assembly center for a year prior to their wartime relocation to a camp in Poston, Arizona. My parents would tell me stories about life in the assembly center and about having to pass the statue of Seabiscuit on their way to the mess hall for meals. I also remember a game I had as a kid, a carboard racing game with a needle that you would spin and if it landed on a specific racehorse's color, you could advance your carboard racehorse. I remember that this is where I first learned of the great racehorses like Whirlaway, War Admiral and Seabiscuit. Seabiscuit was may favorite. Again, I think you richly deserve your place on the New York Times Bestseller list. You accomplish a rare feat - a great story written by a great writer. I look forward to reading your other works.
Beltsville, MD USA

Comments by Ilene Goulette on Friday, August 10, 2001 at 03:02 IP Logged
I think is my favorite horse book of all time and I've been reading horse books for over 40 years. You think you are riding the races yourself. What an exciting time to have lived. Thank you Laura Hillenband for writing such a wonderful informative book. And she looks so young.
Sidney, ny USA

Comments by Laura K. Hesser on Thursday, August 09, 2001 at 09:52 IP Logged
Hi Laura, My mom bought me your book for my birthday this year (31!). I've been "horsey" since I was 10, an anomoly in my family. I enjoyed the story and am very much looking forward to the movie. Do you know what I enjoyed reading about as well? I love the story about how you got the information that you did. It makes me wonder if some of the things that you didn't include in the book would make good books by themselves. I think I would even read a book called, "The making of Seabiscuit", a book about how you wrote the book! Whew, what a rollercoaster ride you must be on! Hang on, and we'll be rooting for you. Take care,
Portland, OR USA

Comments by Sandra Adickes on Thursday, August 09, 2001 at 09:14 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand: Your exhaustive research resulted in an extraordinary book. You endowed the major figures--including the central character-- with individual, idiosynchratic voices. Your narratives of the races were as exciting as any Clem McCarthy could have given.
Dayton, NJ USA

Comments by steve wax on Thursday, August 09, 2001 at 07:24 IP Logged
As a horse racing fan, I cannot tell you how much enjoyment I received from reading your book. What a remarkable gift you gave to us all. I was also taken by the article in USA Today regarding your struggle with chronic fatique syndrome. I have some information to pass along regarding this that I believe you would be interested in recieving. Thank you and best wishes.
boulder, co USA

Comments by Jan on Thursday, August 09, 2001 at 02:48 IP Logged
I'm a freelance writer with CFS. You inspire me!
Alameda, CA USA

Comments by Barbara Georgette on Thursday, August 09, 2001 at 02:14 IP Logged
You have written a beautiful history of a beautiful animal! I usually do not read non-fiction, but because I am a thoroughbred racing fan, the book was given to me as a gift. I plan to read it again and pass it around to my friends. You did a superlative job in bringing Seabiscuit's story to those of us who love racing. I hope the movie does your work justice.
Los Angeles, CA USA

Comments by Terry Deneen on Thursday, August 09, 2001 at 01:29 IP Logged
Radio station in San Diego to contact is 100.7 STAR. You want to speak to Jeff & Ger A great morning show that calls celebrities!!! Again your book was the greatest!!!
San Diego, CA USA

Comments by Ted Duggan on Thursday, August 09, 2001 at 01:17 IP Logged
Dear Laura - thank you for bringing Charles Howard, Tom Smith and Red Pollard to life by telling their stories. I can't wait for the movie -- I see Robert Duvall as the perfect Red Pollard -- he's got the right build, he's great with horses and he's a tough guy -- just like Pollard was. Long live Seabiscuit! - TGD
Edgewater, MD USA

Comments by Ted Duggan on Thursday, August 09, 2001 at 00:37 IP Logged
Dear Laura - thank you for bringing Charles Howard, Tom Smith and Red Pollard to life by telling their stories. I can't wait for the movie -- I see Robert Duvall as the perfect Red Pollard -- he's got the right build, he's great with horses and he's a tough guy -- jusy like Pollard was. Long live Seabiscuit! - TGD
Edgewater, MD USA

Comments by IAN CARTER on Wednesday, August 08, 2001 at 08:14 IP Logged
I WAS TAKEN BACK IN TIME BY YOUR WONDERFUL BOOK. I HAVE SEARCHED HIGH AND LOW FOR A NICE PRINT OF THE 1940 SANTA ANITA HANDICAP OR THE RACE WITH WAR ADMIRAL,I WOULD LOVE TO TRACE A PERMANENT REMINDER OF THIS MOVING STORY
DERBY, ENGLAND

Comments by Margo Kline on Wednesday, August 08, 2001 at 03:24 IP Logged
Dear Laura Hillenbrand--On all fronts, you have scored a winner--for Thoroughbreds, for racing, for fine writing. I cannot thank you enough. My heart belongs to Seabiscuit now. What a hero! You're not bad yourself!--Margo Kline, Santa Barbara, California
Santa Barbara, CA USA

Comments by Jane Tomlinson on Wednesday, August 08, 2001 at 01:19 IP Logged
I love horses and greatly enjoyed reading your book. I did wonder--perhaps you can tell me--why Seabiscuit's image is mostly hidden on the cover of the book (his face isn't visible at all)? I'm guessing someone involved in the book's production wanted to emphasize the people aspect to make it more universally appealing on the bookstore shelf. ("Not just another horse story"). True? Best wishes from someone who hopes horse racing will once again rise in popularity.
Rockville, MD USA

Comments by Lois Lehman on Wednesday, August 08, 2001 at 01:17 IP Logged
Dear Laura, Thank you for the greatest biography I've ever read. I was so moved by the warmth and energy of your storytelling, since biographers usually convey information with an impersonal remove from the emotions of the time. You have brought the time and the people who loved this horse and racing back to life. It is extraordinary that your writing is so filled with vitality and vividness, when you struggle with CFS in real life. In writing you completely rise above the limitations of your illness. As it happens, I also am a horse-lover, but the theme of this book has obviously touched many outside the "horse world", and made them understand the excitement and high stakes of this sport. Your contribution is worthwhile in so many ways. I hope that the many good wishes sent to you will raise your spirits and help give you the strength to fight and overcome CFS. You seem to share so much of yourself in this book, which must be why so many readers are reaching out to you as if you were a friend. Thank you again, and I hope you are cooking up ideas for another fabulous book!
Fairfield, Ct USA

Comments by Ed Bryla on Wednesday, August 08, 2001 at 01:03 IP Logged
Laura: Read the book and I cried. Read the acknowledgements - you are fantastic. Ed
San Jose, CA USA

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