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Comments by Sandy O'Connor on Monday, July 28, 2003 at 02:59 IP Logged
Hi Laura: I'm so happy the way the movie turned out. In April, 2002, I read the book and have been "hooked" ever since. You and Gary Ross did a great job of converting this story to the screen. Thank you for writing a beautiful book and keep well so you can write another one. (I have the collector's edition and the PBS video...cannot get enough)
Irvine, CA USA

Comments by Patricia Lawrence on Monday, July 28, 2003 at 02:56 IP Logged
Dear Laura, Thank you for writing such a heartwarming book. I produce Travel Radio International. This week's program is about Seabiscuit from Ridgewood Ranch, our production studio is about a 45 minute drive from there. Star Decker, the 'Audio Journalist' on this program rides there often. I hope to myself next week. Would you be interested in hearing our 1/2 hour program on CD? Travel Radio International is heard all around the world, on American Forces Radio, public radio stations and radio reading services for the blind. I saw the movie last night. I was very unhappy. They should call it something else, it's not about Seabiscuit. After the movie and when the applause died down, because of course they were thinking it was based on truth, I walked out making this statement. "If you want to find out the truth about Seabiscuit, read Laura Hillenbrand's book. This isn't" CD's of Travel Radio International's Audio Journey of Ridgewood Ranch and the real Seabiscuit Story are available. Thank you, Patricia
Mendocino, CA USA

Comments by Sandy O'Connor on Monday, July 28, 2003 at 02:48 IP Logged
Dear Laura: I read your beautiful book in April 2002, and was so "hooked" on this story. The movie was wonderful and Gary Ross and you did a great job of converting the story to the screen. I yelled out during the match race and I knew what was going to happen. I hope it does well at the box office so more people will read the book...which is certainly not suffering on the best seller list. Thank you for writing this!!! Keep well...you need to write more.
Irvine, CA USA

Comments by Anne Avery on Monday, July 28, 2003 at 02:40 IP Logged
Laura I saw the movie this weekend, and want to read the book. Is there anyway I can get a signed copy of the collector's edition? Thanks for writing a story that will never be forgotten. Anne
Oklahoma City, OK USA

Comments by Louise Belle de Leon on Monday, July 28, 2003 at 02:35 IP Logged
Hello! My name is Louise Belle, I am 14, and I just watched the movie 'Seabicuit' on Friday, the day it came out. I never knew of this story, and I suppose the trailers influenced me into watching it... I not only loved the movie, I was really captured in the story, in the hearts of the people and the horse which really gave this nation something to look forward to, when depression struck. Immediately after I watched the movie and got home, I researched the internet for Seabicuit, and I found that the movie was based your book 'Seabiscuit: An American Legend'. The next day, I went to the library, in hopes that your book was there, and all of them had been borrowed! I really do plan to read your book, considering all of the wonderful comments about them here. I made my dad promise to take me to Santa Anita track so I could see the statue of Seabiscuit....I hope more and more people could obtain knowledge about this 'underdog'....-louise belle
USA

Comments by Betty Volkart on Monday, July 28, 2003 at 02:34 IP Logged
Thank you so much for your wonderful book. My husband and I both read it and look forward to the movie. Thanks also for being open and candid about your life with CFIDS. I also suffer from CFIDS and have an idea of what you had to endure to write this magnificent story. I pray that you will have the strength to write the new book that is inside you, waiting to get out!
Columbia, MO USA

Comments by Lisa Shuping on Monday, July 28, 2003 at 02:30 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I can't tell you when I have enjoyed a book more than I have Seabiscuit. The way you wove the story - bringing the story of the owner, trainer, jockey and of Seabiscuit himself...You drew me into these peoples lives to the point where I felt like I was a member of the family. As I read the accounts of the races, it felt as if I were standing beside the track. I could feel the pounding of the hooves, feel the dirt being flung into my hair as the horses flew around the track and hear the rustle of the silks the jockeys wear. As the book came to its end and the stories of the characters came to a close, I cried. I just didn't want this book to end. Now I can't wait to see the movie. Thank you so much for bringing Seabiscuit's story to life. It was truly a labor of love and I look forward to reading more from you.
Claremont, NC USA

Comments by Gloria on Monday, July 28, 2003 at 02:19 IP Logged
I LOVED the book and saw the movie today. You are an exceptionally skilled writer. I have recommended the book to everyone---even my non-horsey friends! Congratulations on a fine contribution to the history of horse racing and the little horse that could. Best wishes, Gloria
Jackon Hole, WY USA

Comments by Mark McCauley on Monday, July 28, 2003 at 02:10 IP Logged
This wonderful book has forever changed my outlook on life. I wish I could get in a time machine and go back to that time to see this magnificent animal in person, overcoming impossible odds and inspiring a nation. His story gives me hope for all of those who are facing seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Thank you for giving us this story of hope, courage, and perseverance!
Fort Worth, TX USA

Comments by Dugald Stermer on Monday, July 28, 2003 at 02:09 IP Logged
Dear Ms Hillenbrand, What a beautifully written book. I was particularly interested in the material concerning Santa Anita, because Hugh Blue was my grandfather. Was he also, perhaps, the unnamed racing secretary who kept loading Seabiscuit with excessive weight? Hanging out with him in the Turf Club are some of my fondest memories of childhood. Thanks for bringing them back and giving me a an exceptional reading experience. Best wishes, Dugald Stermer
San Francisco, CA USA

Comments by Ann on Monday, July 28, 2003 at 02:07 IP Logged
Read the book long ago and have been waiting for the movie. We saw it on Saturday night - I loved it - was I the only one crying? A very moving and inspiring story. Thank you.
Edina, MN USA

Comments by Kimberly Sears on Monday, July 28, 2003 at 01:39 IP Logged
I saw the movie over the weekend and loved it! Now, Iím going to read your book....Since books are usually better than the movies based on them, I wanted to see the movie first, to avoid being disappointed. There are a couple of questions that I have about the movie. First, I would like to know if Red Pollard ever had any contact with his family after they abandoned him? Also, what was the purpose of the scene with the prostitute? Was it supposed to show how Red's past had prevented him from having loving relationships? Finally, did Red ever marry or have children? If you could take the time to respond, I would greatly appreciate it! Itís wonderful that Seabiscuitís story has been kept alive and remains an inspiration. Greatly because of your book, which generated the movie, Seabiscuit continues to bring joy to peopleís lives. Thank you for helping make this possible. I look forward to reading your book and know I will love it! P.S. Unless I missed it, I didnít see any credits given to the many horses that played Seabiscuit in the movie. Most of the time, animals in starring roles have their names listed in the credits. I wish their hard work had been acknowledged in that way!
Nashville, TN USA

Comments by on Monday, July 28, 2003 at 01:32 IP Logged
Hello Laura, I have been following your story ever since my sister sent me the Washington Post telling about your soon to be published book. She mailed the whole newspaper. Our dad grew up in California in foster homes during the depression and, of course, knows all about Seabiscuit from his youth. When you were profiled in the Smithsonian magazine last December, we all read the article even though we live in different cities. I have always loved horses, and bought the book as soon as it came out. The clerk was so excited about the book, he told us all about his family in Kentucky and how Seabiscuit would be a best seller. My son works for a movie theater so I can see all the movies I want for free, but because I have CFIDS too, I rarely watch movies at home, much less go out to see them. But after having your book read to me every night and hating for it to end, I had to go and see the movie when it opened 7/25, traveling 2 hours round trip. It was full house, with all the wheelchair spaces taken. People sniffled, cried, and applauded. The little girl sitting next to me was transfixed. I knew there would be a Randy Newman score, but didn't realize how atmospheric it would be. You could feel the tension of the audience during the race scenes, and they cheered after the races. At the end the audience applauded and many stayed to watch the full credits. I don't know why Gary Ross directed the movie, but he did such a superb job of telling the story of your book, and the character he wrote into the screenplay, Tick Tock (Macy), was fabulous. It almost seemed as if Pleasantville went back in time to a separate reality with artistic license. The film premiered in Atlanta at the Fox Theatre to benefit the RETT foundation so that must have been a swanky affair, but Kim Basinger showed up at the theater I went to in Athens. Incognito and beautiful. No one bothered her. Laura Hillenbrand, thank you for your grace and dedication to the beauty of a banged up life. When Red reads his poetry, its all poetry by people who were sickly and thus had time to examine their lives. Gary Ross, thank you for seeing Laura's vision and hearing the hoofbeats even before she finished. I know your autistic child is precious and your lens is the clearer and more sensitive for that. The horse of a different color has a huge heart. It takes a different trainer to see its future.
GA USA

Comments by on Monday, July 28, 2003 at 01:12 IP Logged
I just saw the movie, 'Seabiscuit' today - it's an excellent movie! It's actually the best movie since Titanic. I'm dying to read your book! Thanks!!
NM USA

Comments by on Monday, July 28, 2003 at 01:12 IP Logged
I just saw the movie, 'Seabiscuit' today - it's an excellent movie! It's actually the best movie since Titanic. I'm dying to read your book! Thanks!!
NM USA

Comments by Matt Stout on Monday, July 28, 2003 at 01:11 IP Logged
Laura, While reading Seabiscuit at work (lunch hour of course) I cursed out loud when Pollard broke his leg. Fortunately no one was present to laugh at me. I smiled to learn about a jockey named Stout and the reference to the old Butte, MT track. Thanks. Matt Stout Butte, Montana
Butte, MT USA

Comments by Marilyn on Monday, July 28, 2003 at 00:51 IP Logged
THANK YOU THANK YOU, Such a beautiful beatiful story. We need more of this in our country now. So much spirit hope and love, where has it gone. God bless you.
USA

Comments by Jerry Frazier on Monday, July 28, 2003 at 00:29 IP Logged
I spent three hours in a resturant today finishing reading this book. I cannot believe how you have created a book that makes one feel like they are on the track with the horse and jockey. I was hoping that no one would call 911 because I was crying so hard. Thank you for great literature. It must have been an incredible ordeal to have done so much great research into such an incredible time in history. I have not been so moved by a literary work in many years. You surely are someone special. Thank you, Jerry
Boulder, CO USA

Comments by Marshall W. Mason on Monday, July 28, 2003 at 00:09 IP Logged
Dear Laura: I hope you are well. Congratulations on getting the movie of SEABISCUIT made. Having spent 8 long years in LA, I know how difficult that it. I'm glad it's not a bad movie. I wish it were a better one. It so totally lacks the grace or your splendid writing and I missed the wonderful personality of the Biscuit himself. The poor horse didn't even get a credit! I hope a lot of people see it and are encouraged to read your book. After all, it's only the #1 best selling paperback for an year or so, and it should beat Harry Potter! MwM
Mesa, AZ USA

Comments by Kirsten Mulvey on Monday, July 28, 2003 at 00:08 IP Logged
Hi Laura, Read your wonderful book several times, and saw the movie opening night (first time in 52 years that I wanted to brave the crowds for a movie)!! My only disappointment with the movie is that they didn't bring out the wonderful personality of Seabiscuit!! I have my own thoroughbred (Bodacious Black) whose personality is unique (like most horses) and I was disappointed that the movie focused so much on the human players, that they lost the true essence of the story - - Seabiscuit!!! Without Seabiscuit, the other characters would have never happened. I loved the last words of the movie because it captured how I feel about my horse, and I think if the movie had focused a bit more on Seabiscuit, moviegoers would go away with a better sense of the relationship one can have with a horse!!! I loved the book - - you didn't miss a beat - - I just wish the movie had done more justice to the relationship between human and horse - - Seabiscuit, the ultimate HERO in this story!!
San Diego, CA USA

Comments by mary kay on Sunday, July 27, 2003 at 09:51 IP Logged
Just saw the movie and loved it. I plan on getting the book.I found myself wanting to learn more about that era. Thank you
fontana, ca USA

Comments by Liz Zegadlo on Sunday, July 27, 2003 at 09:13 IP Logged
Thank you so much for a wonderful book! I am so glad that I have had a chance to know the story of Seabiscuit, Red, Tom, the Howards, George, and all the rest of the compelling characters involved. It makes me rather envious that I have never had experience with horses. Thank you again, and I wish you the best of everything.
IL USA

Comments by on Sunday, July 27, 2003 at 08:49 IP Logged
i just saw the movie and its very touching. i like what you are doing by taking time out of your day and writing about this GREAT legend. you and everyone else who made this happen should be very proud of your selves
ewing, NJ USA

Comments by Laurence Cohen on Sunday, July 27, 2003 at 08:36 IP Logged
Just finished watching the new movie with Toby Mcguire and Jeff Bridges. Its a sure winner just like the horse. It has so much heart and the acting was superb- Mcquire is sure to get AN OSCAR NOMINATION. GO SEABISKET-NEVER QUIT!!!!
Longwood, fl USA

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