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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

Comments by mary s on Sunday, July 27, 2003 at 08:35 IP Logged
Have watched the interest grow in your book at my job (library) since it came out and now the movie. I think it's just marvelous to know that hard work and perseverence in the face of adversity probably brought you more than you bargained for!! Good for you!! I have worked in the Thoroughbred industry in one form or another for many years, and can say in all sincerity it's nice to see the industry itself as well as the bond between the horse and his people portrayed accurately. Seabiscuit helped everyone put all the pieces of their lives back together again to become a huge story--a sum greater than all of its parts. Thanks, Ms. Hillebrand, for giving us a great gift.
lexington, ky USA

Comments by John Bigham on Sunday, July 27, 2003 at 08:26 IP Logged
Dear Laura: Your guestbook is replete with lavish praise for your wonderful book and great admiration for your courage, dedication and sheer literary genius. I wish I had the eloquence to add some comments of my own that would be at least as impressive. Let me just say that I agree with your many fans...and then some! I also agree that the movie "Seabiscuit", while very exciting and entertaining, does not do full justice to your masterpiece. I would surely like to know how much input you had with regard to the screenplay. I know it is not possible to put everything into a 2-hour movie and I suppose the film is as good as it could be, but we lovers of the book are just a wee bit disappointed. I have another reason for this entry in your guestbook: I am hoping that you or some of the contributors who are familiar with your family background can tell me if you are related to the illustrious Hillenbrand family (The Hllenbrand Industries) from Batesville, Indiana. I understand that William Hillenbrand, youngest son of John W., has a daughter, Lauren or Laura. Could that be you? I ask because you bear a striking resemblance to the girl in that family who would be your Aunt Mitzi. In my youth I used to lifeguard for Mitzi and her Girl Scout friends at the family's JAWACDAH Farms resort. I would just get a kick out of knowing that a family from my old home town produced such a successful literary talent! If so, they must be very proud, indeed.
Bradenton, FL USA

Comments by Annie on Sunday, July 27, 2003 at 08:15 IP Logged
I found your website by accident. I read your book and loved it. I am a stable girl in England so I can relate to what you wrote. Can't wait for the film to come to England, any idea when that will be?? Love the website too.
York, USA

Comments by Ronald Barnett on Sunday, July 27, 2003 at 07:45 IP Logged
Loved the book. I have a copy of a photo taken on Sept. 23, 1952 at the Goff's Bloodstock Sales in Dublin ,Ireland with myself and Johnny Longden. Would you like a copy? Best wishes, Ron Barnett
Los Angeles, CA USA

Comments by on Sunday, July 27, 2003 at 07:43 IP Logged
I loved the Flash in the introduction. I myself use swhish to do my flash. Cool site Great job.
USA

Comments by vince osrud on Sunday, July 27, 2003 at 06:59 IP Logged
I am contacting you about Fibromyalgia,CFS and all the oyher things they call it. I have found a treatment that works,not drugs,not herbs,nor execises. This is an electrical stimulator(not a TENS unit)and does not hurt. This has worked on all the people tried for the last 2 years(over 200). It removes all the symptoms of fibro over a short period of time and is safe. If you e-mail back,I will send all the information I have compiled to your return address. I have filed for patent and contracted w/ the Norwich Clinical Research Lab to take this to the FDA for approval,which I am assured by Norwich will happen. It is easy for me to find people w/ this condition since they are everywhere but the scepticism is rampant.I will prevail however.You must have prevailed to be able to write a book while suffering from "fibro fog" (whoever coined that term). Whatever you decide is ok w/ me there are so many that I sometimes feel a bit overwhelmed and want to help all of them and get impatient that htings take so long(try working the FDA). BEST OF LUCK, Sincerely Vince Osrud Founder Fibro-Fix Vestal, New York 13850
vestal, NewYork USA

Comments by Roger B. Fox on Sunday, July 27, 2003 at 06:56 IP Logged
I presume that this will never get to you or never get read or dismissed as a prank or whatever but my father, Allen (Gallant)Fox was a reporter for the Daily Racing Tab in New York from 1935 to 1940. He is probably one of the few people alive today who witnessed what you wrote about first hand. Too bad no one knew he was still alive because he would have been a great source of information for you. Today at 90 years old he is still as sharp as a tack and remembers every little detail like it was yesterday. He is very modest but I wanted to to know.
Los Angeles, CA USA

Comments by Crystal on Sunday, July 27, 2003 at 06:52 IP Logged
After reading Seabiscuit, I felt like I had traveled back in time to an era where horse racing was more than just a sport- it was life. While reading your novel I became engrossed by it and torn between wanting to never put it down, and yet never wanting to finish it because that would mean that it was over. I loved every minute of it and I marvel at how wonderfully you put it together. I loved how you told of each character's story and introducing them to each other without losing speed. There was no faltering. I am amazed at how you were able to include so much detail and compare it to today's racing world without taking the story out of context. I appreciate you showing what jockey's really went through (and still do) to try and make weight, and how detrimental it is to their health. While reading Seabiscuit, I lived and breathed him. I dreamt about him and Pollard and Woolf and Tom and Charles and Marcela and the whole gang. Now having finished the novel I am ready to watch the movie, but I have a feeling it will by no means compare to your novel. Ever since I was little I have always wanted to be a jockey, but where I live at there is no way. Now I am 18 and I'm about to move to Florida and try to get involved in any way I can. I was in powerlifting and now my wieght is up to 120, but I'm going to try to wittle my wieght down to where I can at least be able to be a lighter exercise rider. I wanted to talk to u more about all your findings that u listed in the acknowledgement section of your book. I would love for u to tell me of what it took to write this book and about all the people you met. Please email me-it would me the world to me. If for any reason you can't get to me, try my other email address at crystal_tate7@hotmail.com. I look forward to hearing from you. Sincerely, Crystal.
Alvord, TX USA

Comments by M.H. on Sunday, July 27, 2003 at 06:40 IP Logged
As a licensed public Thoroughbred trainer, I can only say you have a heart as big as Seabiscut's for bringing this story to the world. Having trained a horse that EVERYONE said would never break his Maiden (he ended up winning 4 races and is now retired on our farm) I know the melding of spirit between the human and the creature.
Chesapeake City, Md USA

Comments by Adam Simons on Sunday, July 27, 2003 at 06:20 IP Logged
I have just finished the book. I had told my wife that the next movie I really wanted to see was Seabiscuit. Was not very interested in reading the book though. In a book buying frenzy my wife bought me the book. I said thank you very much not wanting to upset my wife I took it. I am traditionally a slow reader I finished this book in less than week. Seabiscuit flowed it was great the book itself read like a horserace just could not wait to get to the other page. I was so into it when Seabiscuit lost to stage hand by the photo finished I yelled NOOOOO!!! and thew the book. I would like to know if Laura you are happy withe the movie adaption. Thank you for a wonderful book. Can not wait to go to the races.
santee, ca USA

Comments by Adam Simons on Sunday, July 27, 2003 at 06:20 IP Logged
I have just finished the book. I had told my wife that the next movie I really wanted to see was Seabiscuit. Was not very interested in reading the book though. In a book buying frenzy my wife bought me the book. I said thank you very much not wanting to upset my wife I took it. I am traditionally a slow reader I finished this book in less than week. Seabiscuit flowed it was great the book itself read like a horserace just could not wait to get to the other page. I was so into it when Seabiscuit lost to stage hand by the photo finished I yelled NOOOOO!!! and thew the book. I would like to know if Laura you are happy withe the movie adaption. Thank you for a wonderful book. Can not wait to go to the races.
santee, ca USA

Comments by Kathie E on Sunday, July 27, 2003 at 06:08 IP Logged
I saw the movie "Seabiscuit" yesterday, 7/26/03 and was thrilled and felt like I was there with them. What extraordinary life experiences surrounded these people and Seabiscuit with such heart and how they fought back together and never gave up. I haven't read your book, but after reading the comments on your guest book I feel I must. I have always love horses and read every book about them as a child/young girl, when I could find them, also drew pictures of them quite well. At one time I wanted to raise them, but circumstances in my life did not allow that. I saw the old movie back in the early '50s and loved it then. Thank you for making a difference. On the negative side, I didn't like the sex scene or the foul language and the taking of the Lord's name in vain, this wasn't necessary. I pray to God that you will get better from your illness, and continue your writing career God willing, in Jesus Christ's name. I have a friend who has a similiar illness for years and still working on it. God bless you and yours, Kathie E
West Palm Beach, Fl USA

Comments by on Sunday, July 27, 2003 at 04:50 IP Logged
Dear Mrs. Hillenbrand - saw the movie at 3:40 PM Friday, bought the book at 6:00 pm - been reading it since Friday night - Thanks you so much - what a heart warming story and you make it so interesting - what was it that even got you thinking about writing this story - its absolutely amazing. I've seen the interviews, know how hard it was for you to write this book. I had never heard of it before the 2 week lead up to the movie. I've never seen a movie and then walked right into a bookstore to get the book. You have incredible talent. Thank you so much for bringing us this story. Lynn B. Skilling
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Comments by Tai Kreidler on Sunday, July 27, 2003 at 04:09 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, My wife, Holle, and I live on the West Texas High Plains and have been thrilled to read such a wonderous and uplifting book as is yours about Seabiscuit. Just by happenstance, the other night we were watching the Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn classic movie "Woman of the Year" (1940). To our astonishment and thrill, Tracy's character makes reference to Seabiscuit in the dialogue at the 1 hr, 48 minute mark. Paraphrased here, he declares that for his wife (played by Hepburn) to change course in midstream and alter her ambitions, is "like asking Seabiscuit to stop in the middle of a strech run in a race and drink a glass of water." What is interesting to us, is that this provides further evidence of what you point out in your book: that Seabsicuit attained amazing stature as the highpoint personality of the late 30's and early 40's, emblazoned irrevocably on the imaginations of Americans everywhere, leaving his imprint as the cultural icon of his time, marking even the dialogue of characters played by the Hollywood signature film stars of his day. We are so pleased that by bringing the story of Seabiscuit back to life for another stretch run in the 21st century, you have restored the concept of nobility and humanity in the literary arts and hence brought it back to the fore in the cultural landscape and minds of Americans everywhere. We cannot help but think that in a world much jaded by the cynicism of the Postmodern era, and overrun with recession, adn depressed by war in remote Irag and now Liberia, that with your eloquent tale of Seabiscuit, you have breathed life once again into the somnolent American Dream. Sincerely, Tai Kreidler (& Holle Humphries)
Lubbock, TX USA

Comments by Jim Furgason on Sunday, July 27, 2003 at 04:08 IP Logged
Thank you for a wonderful read. Having been an owner of several racehorses over many years,your book & the movie brought back many fond memories of racing as well as the obstacles of life.Horses are very proud & noble creatures. Thank you for bringing the personality of Seabiscuit to life. Jim Furgason
Cave Creek, AZ USA

Comments by Laura Drury on Sunday, July 27, 2003 at 03:59 IP Logged
Saw the movie tonight, wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Had to comment about the China used in the dinner scenes, I have the exact set given to me after my grandmother passed, What a fantastic message, cannot wait to read the book
coloradosprings, co USA

Comments by Jim Taylor on Sunday, July 27, 2003 at 03:57 IP Logged
I saw the movie yesterday. The race scenes almost made me want to run up and down the aisles. Was the movie derived from your book? Looks like SEABISCUIT's horse-sense is going to make someone a lot of "horse cents." Never the less, the movie was great and I can't wait to get the book. Was there a second match race?
Richardson, TX USA

Comments by judi marchand on Sunday, July 27, 2003 at 03:56 IP Logged
Laura..it is amazing to me how critics can say there is too much emphasis on the underdog theme when your fabulous book was converted to mass audience Hollywood. Is this not what made our country great! anyway..I am very interested in the earnest mr. pollard. I have not been able to find much on him post seabiscuit. Do you have any info? how much contact did he have with his family? How about charles Howards first wife? any sites or info would help satisfy a yearnig for completion! Thank you and thank you for your dedication to great truth's!
sugarland, tx USA

Comments by Marianne Soucy on Sunday, July 27, 2003 at 03:38 IP Logged
I just wanted to thank you for your absolutely amazing book - you have a rare talent to immerse your readers into worlds they have never even imagined.
Hooksett, NH USA

Comments by on Sunday, July 27, 2003 at 03:31 IP Logged
It has been a long time since I sat in a movie theater and when the story finished the audience broke into applause. I was overcome with emotion as were the majority of the viewers. What a great movie. I can hardly wait to read the book.
USA

Comments by katherine on Sunday, July 27, 2003 at 03:20 IP Logged
Seabiscuit is the best book i have ever read. i couldnt put it down and thats amazing coming from a person who doesnt like to read. being a horse lover myself i found it a very touching story. it just tells you that looks dont always matter and you should never give up on your dreams. i cant wait to see the movie. i hope its as great as the book
las vegas, nv USA

Comments by katherine on Sunday, July 27, 2003 at 03:20 IP Logged
Seabiscuit is the best book i have ever read. i couldnt put it down and thats amazing coming from a person who doesnt like to read. being a horse lover myself i found it a very touching story. it just tells you that looks dont always matter and you should never give up on your dreams. i cant wait to see the movie. i hope its as great as the book
las vegas, nv USA

Comments by Vicki Black Shanklin on Sunday, July 27, 2003 at 03:20 IP Logged
Truly a worthy movie for the next Oscar !!! The entire cast was talented and performed outstandingly. The music was appropriate and touching, the photography perfect. What a story - both Seabiscuit's and yours! I look forward to reading the book. Keep writing and may God bless you and make you well.
Garden Grove, CA USA

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