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Comments by Susan Munson on Monday, July 28, 2003 at 08:32 IP Logged
Seabiscuit was a great horse. I read the book and its just as great as he was. I'm going to see the movie tonight and can hardly wait! If anyone wrote less about him he would be disgraced.
Ashaway, RI USA

Comments by Mark Stout on Monday, July 28, 2003 at 08:28 IP Logged
Hi, I just wanted to say keep up the awesome work. Seabiscuit is an awesome Movie, everyone should go and see it. Seabiscuit is the best darn horse their was on this Planet and still is. well thank you for listening to what i had to say. Sincerely Mark
Seattle , Wa USA

Comments by Mark Stout on Monday, July 28, 2003 at 08:27 IP Logged
Hi, I just wanted to say keep up the awesome work. Seabiscuit is an awesome Movie, everyone should go and see it. Seabiscuit is the best darn horse their was on this Planet and still is. well thank you for listening to waht i had to say. Sincerely Mark
Seattle , Wa USA

Comments by Dee Bryson on Monday, July 28, 2003 at 08:24 IP Logged
Just saw the movie! I'm so impressed with Seabiscuit and the people who had a part in helping him become the great champion to the underdog. An inspiration to us all!
McMinnville, OR USA

Comments by Jay Taylor on Monday, July 28, 2003 at 08:20 IP Logged
Thank you so very much for your inspiring story of such a magnificant horse and the people who surrounded him.Their lives have touched me deeply, and I will never forget them.They all personify the word "Heart".
Sacramento, CA USA

Comments by on Monday, July 28, 2003 at 07:37 IP Logged
For your CFIDS, I suggest becoming a member of a foundation that supports CFIDS Research if we are ever going to find a cure for this disease. See www.ncf-net.org Al
CA USA

Comments by KELLY PASCHALL on Monday, July 28, 2003 at 07:26 IP Logged
WHAT A GREAT STORY YOU HAVE TOLD SO WONDERFULLY! GROWING UP AROUND SANTA ANITA RACE TRACK AND HAVING JOCKEYS IN MY OWN FAMILY, IT IS SO GREAT THAT YOU HAVE HELPED THE HISTORY OF THIS CROOKED LEGGED HORSE BE KNOWN TO ALL. THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART! MAYBE AGAIN "THE BISCUIT" CAN INSPIRE A NEW GENERATION!
SIERRA MADRE, CA USA

Comments by Sue Khan on Monday, July 28, 2003 at 06:56 IP Logged
Hi Laura,I'm sure the many messages prior to this one have put it more eloquently, more completely. I can't add anything other than to say thank you so, so much for bringing the story of this incredible gift of a horse and the people who loved him to our attention. What a horse! What a story! And what a writer you are -- tremendous ability. Horses in general, but racing horses especially, thrill me (I tear at the first notes of "My Old Kentucky Home" on Derby Day, when they're coming down a backstretch, when that first one pounds ahead to cross a finish line). And, of course, I go to mush quickly over watching or reading or talking about anything having to do with Seabiscuit. (Yes, it's a problem, I realize!) Thank you again; my husband, who read the book first, also loved it and adds his thank you, too. With great appreciation for your enormous efforts to bring Seabiscuit to life once again -- Sue Khan
West Des Moines, IA USA

Comments by MaryLea on Monday, July 28, 2003 at 06:54 IP Logged
Laura, You have inspired me to keep on going, I have been in pain and dealing with fatigue and depression for over a year now. I was laid off my job and have not been interviewed for a job since then. My Grandfather built many race tracks, I have ridden horses all my life and had to sell my most recent horse because I had no money to support him. I had an idea to write a book about re training the OTTTB and had shelved it until I felt inspired to write again. Well, when I learned you had CFS I was shocked! I am still in the diagnosis stages but it has been narrowed down to either CFS or Lupus. One more test and then I think we will have an answer, but I can't be sure what the doctor will say. I have started a TB history page on my website that I encourage you to check out. www.equiture.com is the home page. When I read about your health, I no longer felt alone in my battle against fatigue-pain and depression. If you could do it - perhaps so can I??? I don't know of any other way of contacting you but I do hope to hear from you. Kind regards, MaryLea
San Jose, CA USA

Comments by ETC on Monday, July 28, 2003 at 06:54 IP Logged
Read the book, loved it. Saw the movie tonight, and thought it was really long and boring. The book had 100 times more dramatic tension. Plus, the movie was pretty much fiction and had little to do with reality. The cheesy way the final Santa Anita race was filmed really annoyed me.
Los Angeles, CA USA

Comments by on Monday, July 28, 2003 at 06:49 IP Logged
I saw the movie. I loved it. I recommend it to everyone. Very inspiring.
USA

Comments by on Monday, July 28, 2003 at 06:48 IP Logged
Every since reading Margaurite Henry's "Come On, Seabiscuit" in 1970, I have loved the story of Seabiscuit, Red Pollard, Tom Smith and Charles Howard. For anyone who has not read it, I highly recommend it as a short book (written for children/adolescents) that captures the wonder of this story. And now we have your extraordinary book. The depth of your research and your vivid, rigorous, heartfelt writing so exquisitely brings their stories to life. The movie is okay, but it just doesn't have the depth of your book--just one example: unless they read your book, people who only see the movie will never know what George Wolf saw and felt at the moment he knew Seabiscuit would win his race against War Admiral--it was one of many times that I cried while reading your book. I treasure your book--thank you, thank you, thank you.
West Shokan, NY USA

Comments by KERA PAMSON on Monday, July 28, 2003 at 06:47 IP Logged
I ABSOLUTLEY LOVED THE STORY OF SEABISCUIT. I READ IT TWICE IN ONE WEEK, I HAVE ALWAYS WANTED TO BE A JOCKEY BUT I HAVE NO IDEA HOW TO GET MY FOOT IN THE DOOR. NOT TO TOOT MY OWN HORN BYT I AM AN ACCOMPLISHED RIDER. I STARTED OUT DOING FLAT WORK AND AM CURRENTLY DOING SHOW JUMPING AND DRESSAGE IN THE SHOW RING AND A LITTLE HUNTING FOR FUN. I HAVE THE STATURE AND WEIGHT TO BE A JOCKEY. I ALSO HAVE THE COURAGE, HEART, AND DESIRE. IF ANYONE KNOWS HOW I COULD ACCOMPLISH MY LIFELONG(NOT A VERY LONG LIFE,ONLY 21) DREAM PLEASE CONTACT ME AT bunnyburner@earthlink.net. I LIVE CLOSE TO LOS ALIMITOS AND SANTA ANITA. PLEAS HELP! THANK YOU
ANAHEIM, CA USA

Comments by Mike Yothers on Monday, July 28, 2003 at 06:39 IP Logged
Wonderful book, reread it again and did notice a editing glitch on page 114 regarding the "tempermental" rails shouldn't this be temporary. Your research and documentation was extraordinary. Are you thinking of a new project? I can't see where the movie could do justice to your story but I am compelled to see it anyway. Thank you for bringing this period of history to your reading public.
Edmonds, WA USA

Comments by Gwendolyn Meade on Monday, July 28, 2003 at 06:20 IP Logged
Ms. Hillenbrand, just had to tell you how much I enjoyed your book. You have a talent for description that is lacking in most writers. My favorite example of this is on p.142 (Chap. on War Admiral) ... It was just the look of him. Even at a standstill, he was a glittering thing. He was the picture of exquisite, streamlined elegance, light and fine and quick. He moved like a bird: flickering, darting and fluttering... And then, in the next paragraph, in contrast to that perfect description, came the simple statement : The foal grew up and Riddle named him War Admiral. How effective that was!!!!
Pearland, Tx USA

Comments by Harold Jewell on Monday, July 28, 2003 at 04:56 IP Logged
Dear Laura Hillenbrand, Thanks for a wonderful book, a beautiful job. So many great horses to write about. Do you like Kelso? Harold Jewell
Rochester, NY USA

Comments by Lynn on Monday, July 28, 2003 at 04:31 IP Logged
I justed saw the movie Saturday night and loved it!!!! This is the best movie I have seen in a long time. Academy awards will be coming your way for sure. I bought the book today, Sunday, and can't wait to get started reading it. Thank you soooooooo much for adding fantastic true story for our growth and entertainment.
Los Alamitos, CA USA

Comments by Karen Ketchaver on Monday, July 28, 2003 at 04:07 IP Logged
Dear Laura: I loved your book - it opened a whole new world that I'd known nothing about. Once I started it, I couldn't put it down. It's a wonderful book, and on so many levels. I saw the film yesterday and really admire it; the cast is exceptional, and the film gives such a good picture of those times in America. Now I want to read the book again! I hope filmgoers who hadn't read the book will do so, because the book provides so much richness and depth. Thanks a million for sharing Seabiscuit's story with us!
Cleveland, OH USA

Comments by Jim Taylor on Monday, July 28, 2003 at 03:51 IP Logged
Now I am even more impressed. I just watched a documentary about Seabiscuit on a PBS station (13) here in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex area. It proved that the movie/your book stuck very close to the facts of this great story of grit and determination. I am sure the movie was a little off-track at times because that's Hollywood. I still can't wait to read your book. The comments you made in the PBS show were revealing and it was nice to see you. Keep up the great work.
Richardson, TX USA

Comments by Laura on Monday, July 28, 2003 at 03:45 IP Logged
What a coincidence to finish the book the same weekend the movie started playing in the states... Just wait and see if it comes to Europe. You've done a very good job in telling a story about a branch of horse-sports not very common over here, I just couldn't put the book away. I guess the way you described the peculiar things about Seabiscuit attracks any horselover, not just the racehorse fans. Fantastic!
Rijsenhout, The Netherlands

Comments by Barbara Nelson on Monday, July 28, 2003 at 03:35 IP Logged
Hi Laura, When I was 7 years old my Grandfather told me the story of a wonderfull horse called Seabiscuit. Every now and than I'd would find articles on his life. Who would think 43 years later I would find your book walking through Barnes and Noble store on a Saturday afternoon. The book made you feel like you were right in that peiod of time and also in the race. I just came back from seeing the movie "Seabiscuit" and it was outstanding! Everything I expected it to be. People stoodup and applauded when it was over. It was so good to see a movie that has some substance to it. I pray that it gets a oscar for best picture. Jeff Bridges was made for the part of Mr. Howard. Toby McGruire did a great job of playing Red. Gary Ross should get award for Best Director. I know that your have CFS and I can't tell how much your book has meant to me. It gives everyone hope. That's the best gift you can give someone. All your hardwork have made you an outstanding author. I have one question that you may answer. How did Seabiscuit get his name? Please keep in touch. Barb
St. Louis , MN USA

Comments by Virginia Tynan Leone on Monday, July 28, 2003 at 03:34 IP Logged
Dear Laura, My grandfather, Murray Tynan was a sports writer for the New York Herald Tribune in the 30's and 40's covering horse racing. He wrote about Seabiscuit and I was wondering if you were able to acquire any these columns for research on your book? My family has been trying to find these columns for years as my grandfather passed away soon after in his early 40's from a heart attack. If you know where we might be able to get copies of his columns, especially the column he wrote about the match race with War Admiral, I would really appreciate it. Thanks, Virgina from Saratoga Springs
Saratoga Springs, NY USA

Comments by david e. concino on Monday, July 28, 2003 at 03:20 IP Logged
saw the movie last night--and finally --a great movie--what a great story. read parts of your books--fantastic--from everyone---thanks for bringing SEABISCUIT back to us!!!
york, pa USA

Comments by Debra Hosmer on Monday, July 28, 2003 at 03:08 IP Logged
How did Seabisguit get his name?
EL CAJON, ca USA

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