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Comments by JANE HAUTANEN on Sunday, July 27, 2003 at 01:18 IP Logged
I am a member of the local CFIDS support group and e-mail support person for the local mitral valve proplapse support group. Congratulations!
WASHINGTON, DC USA

Comments by JANE HAUTANEN on Sunday, July 27, 2003 at 01:16 IP Logged
I am a member of the local CFIDS support group and e-mail support person for the local mitral valve proplapse support group. Congratulations!
WASHINGTON, DC USA

Comments by JANE HAUTANEN on Sunday, July 27, 2003 at 01:16 IP Logged
I am a member of the local CFIDS support group and e-mail support person for the local mitral valve proplapse support group. Congratulations!
WASHINGTON, DC USA

Comments by John E. Brainard on Sunday, July 27, 2003 at 01:09 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, Congratulations for writing SEABISCUIT AN AMERICAN LEGEND. Your book is an excellent presentaion of everything that is right with America and the opportunity it offers. I have read many important books regarding life in American and yours is among the best. An important aspect of your book, which makes it unique, is the objectivity of your presentation of the events. One of the best ways to teach my grandchildren is to have them read good books. I have endeavored to do that by giving them a collection of books they can learn from and enjoy. Your book will be an excellent addition to the collection. If you would be kind enough to inform me how I could arrange to have you inscribe some copies of your book for my grandchildren I would appreciate it. Thank you for writing such a fine book. Kindest regards, John Brainard
New Canaan, CT USA

Comments by norm solberg on Sunday, July 27, 2003 at 01:06 IP Logged
Like so many others, I found your book to be probably the best I have ever read. I hope your health will allow you to write many more. "You have a gift". Thank you.
minneapolis, mn USA

Comments by George Brown on Sunday, July 27, 2003 at 01:02 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, I did the reverse of a lot of your readers, I saw the movie Seabiscuit first and then started reading about this famous racehorse. I sat through the movie twice. The thing that struck me most was the real life vulnerability of the characters and the time that they lived in. There were none of the 'super hero' characters that are so typical of movies these days(Unless of course you want to include War Admiral in that category and Seabiscuit proved that this myth was not true.) The film entertained me and aroused my curiosity. I foumd your website and found to my delite, how historically accurate the movie is. I read with great interest your article from The Backstretch magazine in 1998. I also read much of the other information at the Seabiscuit online website and enjoyed the slide show presentation. I have not read your book yet. However, I plan to do that next. Thanks for sharing the story with us. Run Biscuit run.
Round Rock, TX USA

Comments by George Brown on Sunday, July 27, 2003 at 01:02 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, I did the reverse of a lot of your readers, I saw the movie Seabiscuit first and then started reading about this famous racehorse. I sat through the movie twice. The thing that struck me most was the real life vulnerability of the characters and the time that they lived in. There were none of the 'super hero' characters that are so typical of movies these days(Unless of course you want to include War Admiral in that category and Seabiscuit proved that this myth was not true.) The film entertained me and aroused my curiosity. I foumd your website and found to my delite, how historically accurate the movie is. I read with great interest your article from The Backstretch magazine in 1998. I also read much of the other information at the Seabiscuit online website and enjoyed the slide show presentation. I have not read your book yet. However, I plan to do that next. Thanks for sharing the story with us. Run Biscuit run.
Round Rock, TX USA

Comments by FM Lorenz on Sunday, July 27, 2003 at 00:53 IP Logged
After reading Laura Hillenbrand's exquisite book, I was positive no film could do it justice. There was just too much to the story. Having had the honor of reading beforehand, however, allowed me to fully enjoy the movie all that much more. Thank you all.
San Juan Capistrano, CA USA

Comments by Jan on Sunday, July 27, 2003 at 00:49 IP Logged
We saw the movie last night and it was wonderful. I plan on buying the book today,we were wondering if Red Pollard ever reconnected with his parents and siblings. I guess I will just read the book and hope to find this out>
Fairfield , Ca USA

Comments by Jan on Sunday, July 27, 2003 at 00:49 IP Logged
We saw the movie last night and it was wonderful. I plan on buying the book today,we were wondering if Red Pollard ever reconnected with his parents and siblings. I guess I will just read the book and hope to find this out>
Fairfield , Ca USA

Comments by Pat Oswald on Sunday, July 27, 2003 at 00:43 IP Logged
Dear Laura Hillenbrand: What a truly fascinating and absolutely mesmerizing story. After seeing you in an interview on TV, my wife recommended your book to me as a "must read". She was right. It now ranks as one of my all time favorites and I will recommend it to everyone. I haven't seen the movie yet, but I certainly hope it doesn't disappoint me after reading the real thing. Pat
Anaheim, CA USA

Comments by Pat Oswald on Sunday, July 27, 2003 at 00:43 IP Logged
Dear Laura Hillenbrand: What a truly fascinating and absolutely mesmerizing story. After seeing you in an interview on TV, my wife recommended your book to me as a "must read". She was right. It now ranks as one of my all time favorites and I will recommend it to everyone. I haven't seen the movie yet, but I certainly hope it doesn't disappoint me after reading the real thing. Pat
Anaheim, CA USA

Comments by Robert Benson on Sunday, July 27, 2003 at 00:42 IP Logged
I have an autographed painting signed by Steve Donaghue. Donaghue is mountedon a horse named Humorist. The painting is signed: To Christopher Fitzgerald With Every Good Wish Steve Donaghue" The painting was left to me by my uncle Fred Fitzgerald the son of Christopher who is referenced in your book. I am interested in learning anything you can tell me about the relationship between Mr Donaghue and Christopher Fitzgerald. Also was Humorist a horse of any fame? Is there a collectors market? I would be interested in corrsponding to learn more. My uncle Fred Fitzgerald had quiet a reputation in his day for playing the horses. Sincerely Yours: Robert Benson
Darien , CT USA

Comments by Robert Benson on Sunday, July 27, 2003 at 00:42 IP Logged
I have an autographed painting signed by Steve Donaghue. Donaghue is mountedon a horse named Humorist. The painting is signed: To Christopher Fitzgerald With Every Good Wish Steve Donaghue" The painting was left to me by my uncle Fred Fitzgerald the son of Christopher who is referenced in your book. I am interested in learning anything you can tell me about the relationship between Mr Donaghue and Christopher Fitzgerald. Also was Humorist a horse of any fame? Is there a collectors market? I would be interested in corrsponding to learn more. My uncle Fred Fitzgerald had quiet a reputation in his day for playing the horses. Sincerely Yours: Robert Benson
Darien , CT USA

Comments by C Killingsworth on Sunday, July 27, 2003 at 00:28 IP Logged
I read this story when I was in the 8th grade and have held it dear to my heart since then. I have told my children, now grown, about Seabiscuit and when ebay arrived I got all of them their own copies of Come On Seabiscuit. I even bought copies for my nephews. All because the story is true and magnificent and inspiring. And I thank you for digging for the whole story and sharing it with all of us.
N. Little Rock, AR USA

Comments by Tony Acquaviva on Sunday, July 27, 2003 at 00:19 IP Logged
Hi, Laura. Long time, never see. It seems you've become quite the international sensation. I shall try to make time to read your book and see your movie. I'd love t hear from you; sorry I've not stayed in touch. Say, see if you can get a copy of a screenplay for a live-action "Speed Racer" movie. I used to have a copy but I lost it. I'm in B-Town at 346-2651 or chimp43c@yahoo.com. Congrats on your work. -Tony Acquaviva
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Comments by on Sunday, July 27, 2003 at 00:06 IP Logged
Not since I was a child and read and reread books by Henry, James, and O'Hara have I been so captivated and thrilled by a book. You have so captured the personality and feeling of the horses. As someone who has loved and been loved by a horse (who was a grandson of War Admiral), I was particularly spellbound by your writing. Thank you for writing the book. It is one I will enjoy reading over and over again.
USA

Comments by on Sunday, July 27, 2003 at 00:06 IP Logged
Not since I was a child and read and reread books by Henry, James, and O'Hara have I been so captivated and thrilled by a book. You have so captured the personality and feeling of the horses. As someone who has loved and been loved by a horse (who was a grandson of War Admiral), I was particularly spellbound by your writing. Thank you for writing the book. It is one I will enjoy reading over and over again.
USA

Comments by liz mcsween on Saturday, July 26, 2003 at 09:57 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, I absolutely loved reading your book. It's amazing how much love that Howard, Smith, Pollard, Wolfe and others had for Seabiscuit, devoting their lives to his development, training and nurturing. I felt through your writing that you dignified Seabiscuit with feelings, mannerisms and psychology of a person, which animals do have. I loved how they made Seabiscuit a happy horse with Pumpkin and other animals to give him security. I finished it last night and cried my eyes out because such an exciting and intimate experience in history ended for me. I felt priviledged to be privy, on the inside, knowing all of the smallest details, like the alarm clock that Smith used to train, wound up being used in the race. The description, depth, and understanding of characters was brilliantly insightfull causing me to marvel at their experiences and accomplishment, and to grieve for their pain, disappointments and failures. The ending of Smith and Pollard's lives were especially upsetting. Those two deserved more money and recognition in their later years. I can't express to you how touching reading your book was to me. Thank you for connecting me with such powerful history and making their lives a part of mine. If you ever come to Alexandria, La., my mother and I would love to have you stay with her. We'll have delicious food and a wonderful time. I could even get some precious people over, including a living "YaYa sister". You know it took place in Alex. We know all of those people. Thanks again. One of your biggest fans and promoters! Liz McSween
Boyce, La USA

Comments by James Wallin on Saturday, July 26, 2003 at 09:02 IP Logged
I have followed the horse-racing industry over thirty-eight of my forty-eight years and can honestly say that the Seabiscuit story is the best. It shows beyond a shadow of a doubt that even those of us who are beat up by life can rise above what has happened to us. Our past does not have to render us helpless in the pursuit of our future. Thankyou Ms. Hillenbrand for rendering this 'old' forty-eight-year-old 'young' again. I've a renewed ache in my heart and a satisfied torrent of tears in my good eye. May God above smile upon you and grant you health and happiness during your journey upon earth. Bless you.
Dartmouth, N.S. Canada

Comments by Karen Renzelmann on Saturday, July 26, 2003 at 08:48 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I can't thank you enough for your incredible book. It was a joy to read and an inspiration for us all. I saw the movie yesterday and was equally impressed. I'm sure the Academy will reward the film with many Oscars, and I hope the moviegoing public rewards it at the box office as well. I was touched by your battle with CFS, and I have studied herbology for several years. If you are interested in a natural approach to your affliction please feel free to contact me any time. Good Luck and thanks again for giving the world another look at the Biscuit! Sincerely, Karen
Waukesha, WI USA

Comments by Michael Morine on Saturday, July 26, 2003 at 08:46 IP Logged
Laura, My wife and I watched the Movie last night - I don't recall ever going to the movies and having the entire audience clap and cheer during and after the movie ended. Maybe it's because we live in Saratoga but I have a feeling that movie goers throughout the country are also cheering - Thank You for bringing this story to all of us. - Getting the book tonight, and we will be seeing the movie again! Mike
Saratoga Springs, NY USA

Comments by Barbara on Saturday, July 26, 2003 at 08:44 IP Logged
Thank you, Laura, for writing a book that spoke to my spirit. I was equally inspired by Pollard, Smith, the Howards and, of course, The Biscuit :) I was so thrilled that the movie was excellent as well!
Goodlettsville, TN USA

Comments by Theodore H. Kollar on Saturday, July 26, 2003 at 08:09 IP Logged
I just finished your book and my second martini. They were both equally delicious. Well, your book had a slight
Dayton, NJ USA

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