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Comments by Stan Slobodien on Saturday, July 14, 2001 at 01:37 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, Congratulations on a wonderful book Since I was born in 1930, Seabiscuit ran during one of the most formative periods of my life. He was my "hero." I don't know if you were aware of the "horse races" that kids had with specially treated paper? You would buy a dozen sheets of tissue like material for maybe a nickel. An adult would touch the paper with the end of a lighted cigarette, setting off 3 paths. Each path took a different route which allowed the "horses" to change positions. A runaway "win" was a half inch. My horse was always the Biscuit. Continued success. Sincerely,
Metuchen, NJ USA

Comments by judy johnson on Saturday, July 14, 2001 at 01:30 IP Logged
the book is excellent. i have spent countless hours trying to find out about certain horses, in the early 1900's. your book cooberates with other information i have. thank you for writing this book, it is a book/horse lovers' dream.

Comments by Samantha Mallory on Friday, July 13, 2001 at 07:23 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, My mother-in-law bought a copy of your book to give to me. I have just finished reading it and felt compelled to let you know what a wonderful job I think you did. Although I have never been around the Thoroughbred racing world, I did grow up on horseback and in the show jumping ring. Your description of Seabiscuit's heart and determination reminds me of my first showjumper. I just wanted to thank you for taking the time and effort to give the world an opportunity to learn more about history in such and interesting and detailed story. Once again, you did a wonderful job.

Comments by Joyce Richards on Friday, July 13, 2001 at 05:23 IP Logged
I worked on a dude ranch south of Cody, WY in the early '60s. Next to the ranch I worked at was a ranch owned by a Mrs. Howard, whose first name I cannot remember. I am wondering if this is the same Howard who owned Seabiscuit. The ranch was near Valley, WY. A.fred G. Vanderbilt visited the ranch I was at during one of the summers.
Fayetteville, AR USA

Comments by Arthur W. Scholbe on Friday, July 13, 2001 at 03:35 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand: In the depths of the DEPRESSION, when I was a lad, I lived amongst folks who just barely eked out a living. The primary amusement and interest of the time was horse racing, and the discussions which raged in our kitchen were an education for a young boy who wanted very badly to be a jockey. Fortunately, or unfortunately, I never got the opportunity, or perhaps I didn't have the nerve to run off from home and take it. At any rate, I did join the cavalry when I was 17 and I have been around horses much of my life. Your book is written with such style that each page brings back some nostalgic feeling, whether it is the oder of the stables, the muttered arguments with the horses to get them to walk into the gate, or thrill of the sight of their muscles stretched to full length as they give their all for the wire. My father was wont to repeat that the best tip he could give anyone who served him was, "Don't bet on the horses!", and I suppose that it actually is as I do not know many folks who have come out ahead trying to second guess horse races, but it always adds a bit of interest when one had a wager on the outcome. Now to my query: Is it possible to purchase an autographed copy of, "Seabiscuit"? Thank you for a most interesting and superbly written book. Art Scholbe
Farmington, MO USA

Comments by Michael J. Leddy on Friday, July 13, 2001 at 03:18 IP Logged
Dear Laura. My brothers told me of your book. I grew up across the street from Aqueduct Race Track and thought I knew a little about Horse Racing. Your book let me know how little I did know. Thanks for the education and the enjoyment I received from reading. I will enthusiatically recommend it to all my friends.
Bronx, NY USA

Comments by Ruth Fiege on Friday, July 13, 2001 at 01:52 IP Logged
Thank you for your amazing book. I also heard the NPR interview, and bought the book soon after. I am a native of the DC area (Potomac, MD) and grew up surrounded by horses. Your book brought back the smells, sounds, and emotions I have not experienced in so long. Reading your book made me want to jump into the pages to experience it all first-hand. You and the characters you brought back to life are a true inspiration. Thank you again
Denver, CO USA

Comments by Joy Peeler on Friday, July 13, 2001 at 01:29 IP Logged
7-13 Your book brought back fond memories to me as my folks were very much interested in horse racing before and after I was born. The horses' names and the jockeys were familar. I felt as though I was at the races you described. A wonderful reading book. congrats! Joy Peeler
Venice, Fla USA

Comments by Walt Borton on Friday, July 13, 2001 at 01:00 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, Yesterday afternoon I gave yet another copy of Seabiscuit to yet another friend, but this time it was even more special than usual. I'd driven up to Taos to take a look at a large collection of equine sketches and oils from the estate of illustrator Frank Hoffman, recently acquired by a painting gallery there, Robert Parsons Fine Art. Robert took me to his framer's shop, where the sketches are being matted and I started flipping through the work, primarily looking for polo sketches of Tommy Hitchcock. I must have flipped through a couple hundred sketches when suddenly there was this horse, saddled, riderless. Not a beautiful horse, just somehow special. I flipped up the mat and Hoffman had jotted in the bottom left "Trainer, Tom Smith (?)" and in the right hand corner "Sea Biscuit." I had to step outside to catch my breath, and wipe the tears from my eyes. We made it to the bookstore before it closed so Robert can read your book. The Biscuit came home with me last night, just to rest propped up on my dresser, on his way to the paper-restorer here in Santa Fe. I doubt I'll get to keep him, but at least he spent a night "in my yard." For a writer, red-letter days usually do, in fact, come from books, and this one came from yours. Thank you. Walt Borton
Santa Fe, NM USA

Comments by Kathleen Lamberti on Friday, July 13, 2001 at 00:57 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I just finished your wonderful book. I frankly didn't think a book about a horse could keep me so enchanted but I found I could not put it down. My father loved horse racing and he took be to Belmont Park as a teenager. Your book brought back many fond memories. We wanted you to know how proud we are that the little girl we knew from Edgemoor has made it BIG!! The Lamberti Family lived on Edgemoor Lane and I believe you went to Bethesda Elementary School with my son Peter. You might also remember my other children Gerry and Kathleen. Your Mom and I had many good times together. I was happy to notice that you mentioned her in your acknowledgements since I am sure she was a great encouragement to you. Please send her my fond regards. Again, congratulations and much success in the furure. Kathleen Lamberti
Mission Hills, KS USA

Comments by beverly mcminn on Thursday, July 12, 2001 at 09:49 IP Logged
thank you for telling the story of Seabiscuit. His time for greatness is long over-due. I am originally from Louisville and I can tell you, that horse never got the recognition he deserved. born sort of ugly and small, he was not what the owners were expecting and hopeing for so they overlooked Seabiscuit. But one day, the right man saw the little horse and Seabiscuit had the spunk to let him know it. the tales of him are endearing and the pictures were wonderful. you can see "those eyes" and know exactly what Smith was talking about. You tell the story of the lives of 3 men of a time so long ago, actually 4...Howard, Pollard, Smith and some of Woolfe, a time forgotton. There were times when I had to put the book down, the story was so sad but there were also times that I laughed out loud. Thank you very, very much for telling the story of Seabiscuit, especially so well.
west chester, pa USA

Comments by Rodney Nelson on Thursday, July 12, 2001 at 08:26 IP Logged
This was a wonderful surprize for me. I don`t read very much but had to see why a book about a race horse could be a best seller. You did a great job! The most fun i`ve had in years, can`t wait for the movie.
Newburgh, in USA

Comments by RJ Rosamilia on Thursday, July 12, 2001 at 08:03 IP Logged
A wonderful achievement about a true sports hero and legend. I always liked the name,Seabiscuit, having heard it now and then and perhaps I saw a newsreels of a race. The book confirms my affinity for the horse. The book is outstanding.
Toms River, NJ USA

Comments by Katharine Salas on Thursday, July 12, 2001 at 07:46 IP Logged
I'm with BowTie Press a division of Fancy Publications. I would appreciate any information on how to contact Laura Hillenbrand's Publicist. Please contact me via Email or by phone. Thank you, Katharine Salas Katharine Salas Editorial Assistant (949) 855-8822 ext. 404 3 Burroughs Road Irvine, CA 92618
Irvine, CA USA

Comments by ED POWERS on Thursday, July 12, 2001 at 06:21 IP Logged
I just finished your book and really enjoyed it. I do wonder if you have and informations as to what happened to Mr. Howards wife Marcella. Again thanks for the ride. ED Powers
Albuq, NM USA

Comments by Mike Frederick on Thursday, July 12, 2001 at 03:51 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand: I just finished reading "Seabiscuit" last night and wanted to add my compliments to the tens of thousands! I don't pay much attention to horses and my experience with horse racing is limited to one day at the Preakness years ago. When I heard you on NPR, however, and they played the broadcast of Seabiscuit's match race against War Admiral at Pimlico I had tears in my eyes. I rushed out and bought two copies and was moved to tears on several more occasions. Kudos! Now I can't wait for the movie. I loved the story and who wouldn't love that little horse? Outstanding job! Thank you.
Gaithersburg, MD USA

Comments by Bill Eldredge on Thursday, July 12, 2001 at 03:37 IP Logged
Dear Laura: What a wonderful book to remind me of my youth growing up in Arcadia, CA. My Dad was the track doctor at Santa Anita from the late 40's to 50's. I was born right after Seabiscuit's hayday, but as a kid I lived and breathed "The Track" and those 100 granders. We could hear Joe Hernandez's call from our house. Nick Wall was our next door neighbor, recovering from a bad spill (in '46?). He never returned to greatness after that and had trouble with alcohol. As a kid I could never understand why this 2 time Santa Anita Handicap winner never got decent mounts when he returned. I loved the way he greeted my Mom over the fence though. She was a good 9 inches taller than he, yet I remember his high pitched, "Hi ya Darling". Ralph Neves was a patient of my Dad's and I remember the proud day his wife delivered twins As a kid I remember him "returning from the dead"....heavy stuff for a ten year old. You brought all those wonderful memories back and certainly filled in the blanks in a great period of thoroughbred racing.
McCall, ID USA

Comments by deborah stone on Thursday, July 12, 2001 at 02:55 IP Logged
dear ms. hillenbrand, thank you for bringing me this story of this wonderful horse. i've fallen in love with him. and your book was so engrossing that i plowed through it, and was so sad when it ended. as a matter of fact, it's still sitting on my bedside table. i just don't have the heart to put it on the shelf. thank you again, d.stone
new salem, ma USA

Comments by Mark Wright on Thursday, July 12, 2001 at 01:22 IP Logged
Your interview on NPR hooked me. Now that I own the book--rather, now that the book owns me--I stay up way too late reading into the wee hours of the next work day. Thanks to your hard work, I get to stand closer to Seabiscuit than Tom Smith ever would have allowed. What a gift!
Washington, DC USA

Comments by annie on Wednesday, July 11, 2001 at 09:50 IP Logged
Ms. Hillenbrand: You are a magnificant storyteller - the likes of which we see very little anymore! Thank you for telling us the story of Seabiscuit and his family! I'm trying not to read the book too quickly because its a story I don't want to end.
arlington, va USA

Comments by Lois Hill on Wednesday, July 11, 2001 at 09:29 IP Logged
Thank you for the hours of pure pleasure you have given me. I haven't seen but a few races, except for TV, and love to watch the wonderful horses and Jockys. You have written a beautiful story.... I will treasure it. I hope you write about other people and horses. I was very moved by the book.
Reseda, CA USA

Comments by Emily Deck Harrill on Wednesday, July 11, 2001 at 09:13 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand: I can't tell you how much I enjoyed your book. I've had a serious "horse problem" all my life, and yet I found myself loving these beautiful animals even more after reading your moving and exciting book. Thank you for a great piece of art and for passing on your great understanding of the world of racing.
Columbia, SC USA

Comments by Jim Barthell on Wednesday, July 11, 2001 at 08:48 IP Logged
Thank you for this wonderful story. My father was a race fan and a fan of Seabiscuit and Mr. Howard. I came along a little late for "The Biscuit" but I was there the day Noor beat out Citation, Ponder and Two Lea. (Another great story). In your book you mention that a well known artist was fooled by Seabiscuit's "double" and actually drew him as Seabiscuit. I have a copy of "Black, Bay and Chestnut", written and illustrated by C.W. Anderson in 1939. In the book there's this drawing of Seabiscuit with an exercise boy up. Could this be the artist and the drawing you mention in your book? Again, thank you so much. I hope your wonderful book becomes a motion picture. I'm not much of a movie goer these days - but I would stand in line for "Seabiscuit - an American Legend".
St. George, UT USA

Comments by S.K. Murphy on Wednesday, July 11, 2001 at 07:14 IP Logged
Dear Laura: THANK YOU FOR THIS BOOK. I finished it last night and I am crazy about SEABISCUIT, Smith, Howard, Pollard, George. How human and how touched I am by their commitment to this horse. I heard your interview on NPR and was hooked by your own story - your courage and your inspiration are on each and every page. I don't know how the movie can honor your tribute. I hope you will be seriously consulted throught its production. I am not only crazy about this Seabiscuit story, I want to read everything you have ever written. Who YOU are lives on each and every page of your book. I hope you are feeling well. From a fan, S.K. Murphy
Los Angeles, CA USA

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