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Comments by Verna McGann on Saturday, June 23, 2001 at 02:39 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, I saw an interview with you on the local PBS station. I knew I had to read your book. I went to my library to get on the waiting list only to find there were 57 others ahead of me. But I waited, and finally finished the book. I'm sorry it's over. I hate to have to take it back to the library. I plan on buying a copy of my own. I live close to Tanforan, which is now Tanforan Shopping Center. There is a statue of Seabiscuit in motion, with Red Pollard riding him. I have passed by this statue a million times, but yesterday I went and actually went up to it. There is a plaque telling about the owner and the jockeys. I stood there motionless for a few moments Also, I have driven through Willits, never realizing the significance of Ridgewood or that Sabiscuit is buried there under an Oak tree. I will never look at Tanforan the same again. I cried when I read of Seabiscuit's win at the Santa Anita Handicap. Thank you for writing such a truly wonderful book.
San Bruno, Ca USA

Comments by Mary Stempien on Saturday, June 23, 2001 at 02:35 IP Logged
Hi Laura- I am 28 years old and never heard of Seabiscuit until I listened to your interview with Diane Rehms several weeks ago. I sat in my car an extra 25 minutes after reaching my destination in order to hear the end of the interview. I bought your book that same day but then put it aside until this past week. Once I finally started reading your book I didn't want to stop. I have a new five month old baby girl and am a stay at home mom. Every night this past week I stayed up late after my daughter and husband went to sleep and read. I have earned two bachelor degrees studying literature and as a result have read many books, but I honestly can't remember the last time I enjoyed a book this much. I love Seabiscuit! I can tell by all the responses that I am not the only one...
Livonia , MI USA

Comments by gregor on Saturday, June 23, 2001 at 02:13 IP Logged
Thanks a million for the inspiration!

Comments by w r sims on Saturday, June 23, 2001 at 01:00 IP Logged
DEAR Laura: I thoroughly enjoyed the book. I laughed and I cried.I was also happy to see that Seabiscuit spent some time here in South Carolina. Kudos to you and to my newest hero-Seabiscuit!
kershaw, sc USA

Comments by Arthur Samuel on Friday, June 22, 2001 at 08:34 IP Logged
Ms. Hillenbrand, I lived not far from Tanforan and Bay Meadows and my parents were friends of the Howards. Naturally, I knew of Seabiscuit, who didn't? Quite obviously I wanted to read about Biscuit and the times etc. As I got into the story I realized I was reading the work of a very gifted author. The story of Seabiscuit and the surrounding characters was fasanating. Your telling of it was truly masterful. You could write about catsup flowing out of the bottle and make it interesting. Thank You !
Palm Desert, CA USA

Comments by Linda C. Gardner on Friday, June 22, 2001 at 07:05 IP Logged
I just finished reading your wonderful book. I was most impressed with the way you let your reader know and feel just how close all three of the men involved in Seabiscuit's life were with him. As a horse owner and being involved with horses for over 35 years I can certainly relate. I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of the book. I realised that I have two numbered edition etchings, one of Man O War and the other of Seabiscuit. They both were done by Pierre Nuyttens a Belgian artist. On the back of the etchings is a newspaper article of Seabiscuit and Red Pollard. After reading your book and now looking at Seabiscuit's portrait it feels good to know all about him. Thanks.
Rockport, mass USA

Comments by Larry Sullivan on Friday, June 22, 2001 at 03:59 IP Logged
Madam, you have created a true CLASSIC! As a 72 yr old man I lived through the time you write about,and I have spent the large part of my life on the race track. Most books on the races are filled with inaccuracies, yours is not. I had the privelege of knowing many of the people you write about. Buster Millerick, Farrel Jones, Lin Howard, Neves, Longden, Mosbacher, Dorfman, Whittingham etc. Smith was in fact "typical" of the trainers in that era. Close mouthed, distrustful, secretive, they had to be in order to preserve the integrity of thier stables. A close friend of mine married George Woolf's widow , he passed away in 1991. I just wanted to let you know that those of us that know the "backside" appreciate your hard work, and admire the results. I read the book in one day!
Hendersonville, NC USA

Comments by Al Chidester on Friday, June 22, 2001 at 03:28 IP Logged
Your writing is magnificent. I have not read an author since Hemingway that can create for the reader a mental image like you can. I am enjoying your writing very much. I thought the "shit godzilla" was delightful.
Denver, CO USA

Comments by Al Cuda on Friday, June 22, 2001 at 03:23 IP Logged
Laura: Great book, captures the spirit of the times, and well-written, as one would expect from a Kenyon gal. The Kenyon literary tradition lives on! I look forward to more of your writings. Al Cuda, Class of 1970.
Succasunna, NJ USA

Comments by SARAH BENVENUTO on Friday, June 22, 2001 at 03:02 IP Logged
I just finished reading "Seabiscuit" and now I'm bummed that I don't have it to look forward to at the end of each day! He was even in my dreams! It was a wonderful story. My Dad had raed it and told me he had just finished reading about Seabiscuit. I asked him if that was a racehorse which since I was born in 1961 I don't know how I had heard the name. Now I'm telling everyone about Seabiscuit and your wonderful book. Thank you so much!
Chester Springs, PA USA

Comments by George H. Gates on Friday, June 22, 2001 at 02:52 IP Logged
One of my daughters gave me "Seabiscuit: An American Legend" for Father's Day. She chose well. It's a wonderful book, but it left me a bit sad because, clearly, the general public is less interested in horse racing these days. Maybe this book will stir interest again.
Buffalo, NY USA

Comments by Scott Cameron on Friday, June 22, 2001 at 02:50 IP Logged
A few years ago in San Francisco at a vintage photography shop, I happened to come upon the sepia photograph of Seabiscuit and War Admiral that is partialy displayed on this website; having no real knowledge of horses or thoroughbred racing, I found it interesting that I would be so facinated by this photograph, and especially the animal in the foreground. I bought the picture and, not being able to decide the appropriate location to display it in my home, I stored the photograph until a few months ago, when I hung Seabiscuit above my french doors. Three weeks ago, my girlfriends uncle came to our home and upon seeing the picture, stammered, "Is that Seabiscuit?" He quite fairly could not believe his eyes, just having finished your book and realizing at no time, had I exhibited any knowledge of horse racing. He sent me your book which I have just completed; thanks to you, I now understand why I had to have the photograph of that omnivorous, effulgent face.
Seattle, WA USA

Comments by James R. Doty on Friday, June 22, 2001 at 00:40 IP Logged
In the past you were under the docturs care. Can you please tell me what was wrong, And how did you recover from it... Thank You.....
Culver , IN. USA

Comments by Johnny Carra on Thursday, June 21, 2001 at 09:56 IP Logged
I enjoyed your book especially about Yummy. I was born and raised on the race track. My dad was assistant starter at the time. He worked six days a week at Santa Anita then drove to Agua Caliente for Sunday racing. My dad, mom, and I drove back to Chicago from California. One year Yummy rode with us. I remember having to stop for gas. Yummy had to go to the bathroom so bad that he rushed out of the back seat of the car kicking over a gallon jug of homemade wine, breaking it on the ground. My dad was mad as "hell". If you write another story about the race track, I have many stories.
Tinley Park, IL USA

Comments by Linda Kurtz on Thursday, June 21, 2001 at 09:44 IP Logged
Laura: Thank you so much for this wonderful story. I was born in 1939, so I do not know why Seabiscuit's name was so familiar to me, but it was and as soon as I heard about your book I knew I had to have it. I have just finished reading it and wish I could see the movie today. I also hope they don't ruin the story. Please write more books! I wish the news media carried horseracing news today like they used to.
Ann Arbor, MI USA

Comments by Paul Magee on Thursday, June 21, 2001 at 08:35 IP Logged
What a great read. The match race was page turner and I found my heart racing as if I had a grand on Seabiscuit. Thank you for a wonderful book!
Aldan, Paul USA

Comments by Steven Joseph on Thursday, June 21, 2001 at 04:48 IP Logged
I have purchased your book as a gift for my father and would like to have you sign it if possible. Is there and address I can send it to you with return postage. Thanks, Steven Joseph
Chesterfield, MI USA

Comments by Caitlin D. on Thursday, June 21, 2001 at 04:18 IP Logged
Wow! I am reading Seabiscuit right now and it's all true! My math teacher asked me today if it was a novel or history, I told him it was both (well, it is!) Kudos, wonderful job, I'm enjoying it and I haven't spoken to one person who hasn't!
Farmington, CT USA

Comments by Michael R. Smith on Thursday, June 21, 2001 at 02:32 IP Logged
I am half way through the book. I asked my mother, who was born in 1928, if she had heard of Seabiscuit. She knows nothing about horse racing and nothing about sports. There is no chance that she knows who Secretariat is, much less Seabiscuit. Yet I only said Seabiscuit's name, and she said he was a famous race horse who had some health problems. That was stunning. She could not have heard or read his name for nearly sixty years, and when she heard it she was about ten years old. Seabiscuit must have burned in quite a memory.
Barnesville, MD USA

Comments by Deniz Hardy on Thursday, June 21, 2001 at 01:41 IP Logged
The audio version often sent literal chills over my arms and legs.
Bowie, MD USA

Comments by Lorraine Findlay on Thursday, June 21, 2001 at 01:15 IP Logged
Ms. Hillenbrand: I have just finished your book "Seabiscuit" and must tell you it is the most wonderful book I have ever read. I laughed out loud and tears rolled down my face reading the triumphs and trials of this spectacular horse and the special people who brought out his greatness. I feel sorry for anyone who misses out reading this great book. Thank you. Sincerely, Lorraine Findlay
St. Charles, MO USA

Comments by Barb-Rita on Thursday, June 21, 2001 at 01:07 IP Logged
We laughed, we cheered, we cried. What a great horse and insight into the whole of the horse racing venue. Thank you
Homosassa, Fl USA

Comments by Chuck Reed on Thursday, June 21, 2001 at 00:58 IP Logged
Thank you very much for such a fabulous book. I am a huge horse racing fan, and I used to work for the race track here in Iowa. The best part of my job was getting the chance to go to the barns and visit with the horses and the people who worked with them. In reading your book, I was so wanting to be a part of this all. To be with Seabiscuit, to watch Tom Smith, to have a sip of that wine with the Cougar, and to talk to Mr. and Mrs. Howard and try to get into words what it was like to own such a courageous and talented animal. Also, I wanted to be a part of that era. The book smells of the 30's. It's a feeling only great books can give you, when you think you are actually there. It certainly wasn't a great time in American history, but I wish I could go back and sense it and be a part of it. Thanks, again, very much for a great book and maybe our paths will cross in the future where I can talk to you about it in person. Sincerely, Chuck Reed
West Des Moines, IA USA

Comments by Mark Schwartz on Wednesday, June 20, 2001 at 08:14 IP Logged
Laura: Even in my worst days as a "handicapper," I have never lost my love of Thoroughbred racing. Yet, until reading your book, I never fully understood my own feelings for the sport. Thank you for your considerable efforts. The passions of your book's characters has been exceeded only by your eloquence in telling their stories. I wish you the best of health in which to enjoy your well-deserved success.
Deerfield, IL USA

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