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Comments by CS Olson on Saturday, July 26, 2003 at 01:24 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand: I just finished reading your novel, and I am just stunned at how great it is. Your characters were so well developed, I just felt like I really knew them. Your description of the horses and the races really made me feel like I was there. I look forward to seeing the movie. When I was a child, my favorite book was "Old Bones," the story of an ugly underrated horse who would become the mighty Exterminator. Your novel brought me the same joy I felt as a child. Thank you for bringing this story to all of us!
Oregon City, OR USA

Comments by Brian Brooks on Saturday, July 26, 2003 at 01:20 IP Logged
I havent read the book but just got back from seeing the movie. I am not one who has been interested in horseracing but was totally blown away by this story. My Father remembers seeing Seabisquit and Man Of war in Willits Ca. In the early 40's as a young boy.This story touched myself and my family in a profound way.I plan to make a trip to Ridgewood ranch in the future.I have called Northern California my home my whole life,and live less than 45 minutes away from Willits. Thank you for bring this story back into focus for a whole new generation. Go Seabisquit.
Lakeport , Ca. USA

Comments by michele on Saturday, July 26, 2003 at 01:16 IP Logged
winnipeg, mb canada

Comments by John Herrmann on Saturday, July 26, 2003 at 01:16 IP Logged
I saw Seabiscuit run at Bay Meadows probably in the very early 1940s prior to WW2 when tracks many tracks were closed. By the way, do you know anyone who remembers the distance horse Malicious? I saw his last race, again at Bay Meadows. He was a come-from-behind closer, and this was a FOUR MILE RACE! I've never heard of one again. The caller would always yell, "And here comes Malicious," who would move up so fast that the other horses looked like they were running backwards. In this last race, Malicious finished second. I remember it as though it were this afternoons featrure race. Good book. Now do one on Malicious. John Herrmann
Libby, MT USA

Comments by Christine G. Anastos on Saturday, July 26, 2003 at 01:06 IP Logged
Dear Laura, Ever since I read of your story in the Pond's Dramatic Results SKIN DEEP success stories, I laminated your page and have had it in plain view as a daily reminder of how adversity can be overcome with strength, perseverance, and dedication. Naturally, I was also compelled to read your novel, Seabiscuit: An American Legend, and it was simply incredible. You are truly an inspiration to those who are afflicted with illness and you have most certainly given new meaning to your life and have reconnected with the world in a way that most people never will; you have touched the lives of many in such a positive way. Attending the movie premiere with my father, Ernest, who was born the same year as Seabiscuit and also read your book, was a very special experience for both of us and we had been looking forward to it for quite some time; we enjoyed it tremendously. Like the extraordinary little Seabiscuit, you have overcome the odds - and won! I wish you not only relief from the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and vertigo with which you have been afflicted but also all the best that the life has to offer. Warm regards, Christine
Arlington, MA USA

Comments by Jane on Saturday, July 26, 2003 at 01:04 IP Logged
Dear Laura: I have just purchased your book today, I had my daughter go to purchase for me, I was SO inspired to purchase this book after my sister who has fibromalgia told me about seeing you being interviewed last week and you talking about your Chronic Fatigue. I only wish I had seen that interview. I too have severe chronic fatigue, though I don't believe it came from an infection etc. I am bed-ridden a great deal of the time, when I heard you can only get downstairs on occasion, I could not believe my ears. I have laid in bed for the best part of four years ill, more tests, no real answers, and I've prayed and prayed to God saying "out there in that big world there must be someone else who has severe chronic fatigue like me." Because anyone I have heard of with fibro/CFS seem to be living quite normal lives, you are truly an inspiration to me. When I get my eyes open and they are not too bad vision wise (blurry) I can not wait to read Seabiscuit. It may take me a long time, but as you know there are better days and terrible, torture days. Thanks you Laura for this book, I would love to know more about you, how long you have been ill and how it began? If there is anyone who answers your E-Mails I would love to hear from you. I am not selling anything, just looking for someone's story of suffering and perserverance. God Bless you and congratulations on such a wonderful book. They are already talking on the Canadian entertainment shows that this movie will probably be one nominated for an Oscar. Thank you and best of luck.
Saint John, N.B. Canada

Comments by on Saturday, July 26, 2003 at 00:58 IP Logged
Just had to tell you, how much I enjoyed your book. Just got done reading it and it is one of the best I have read. You made me feel like I was there watching one of the greatest horses that ever lived. Never give up, if you want something bad enough, that is what your story said to me. Please keep writing such great stories like you have written here. Thanks again and never give up...
Tabernacle, NJ USA

Comments by on Saturday, July 26, 2003 at 00:55 IP Logged
I just saw the movie last night. It was terrific! I have read the book twice and listened to the audio tape in my car twice. What a wonderful horse! I was very impressed with the fact that Charles Howard really loved Seabiscuit and would not let him race when he was hurt. I just wish that todays owners of race horses would think about the horse first and then the money. A horse will give its all to his owner. It is up to us to protect them when they are hurt, even the slightest injury. Thank you for this beautiful true story about Seabiscuit. I really always treasure this book.
Plymouth, WI USA

Comments by R.MINSKY on Saturday, July 26, 2003 at 00:39 IP Logged
Great book, when I finish reading it I will go see the movie. Thank you for the good reading.
Milton, ma USA

Comments by Stacey Cantrell on Saturday, July 26, 2003 at 00:35 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I just came home from seeing the movie and I am completely blown away. What an inspiring, uplifting story. I am so touched by the tale of that amazing horse. Thank you Laura for bringing this story to the attention of today's audience. It's just what this country needs. Seabiscuit is inspiring this country all over again. Thank you. Sincerely, Stacey Cantrell
Bettendorf, IA USA

Comments by Annie Pettit on Friday, July 25, 2003 at 09:58 IP Logged
Spring, TX USA

Comments by Shadi on Friday, July 25, 2003 at 09:54 IP Logged
Hi Mrs.Hillenbrand. I don't know if you remember me or not, after reading your book about 2 years ago (when I was 14) I wrote in this guestbook. I lived in Pakistan and you were very interested and curious that someone from there had read and enjoyed your book that much. Since then I have moved to Canada, and I just came back from watching the movie. I wanted to congratulate you on it, thought it was beautifully made. Toby Maguire did Red Pollard justice.
Toronto, ON Canada

Comments by Becky Larson on Friday, July 25, 2003 at 09:50 IP Logged
Miss Hildebrand This is probably the wrong place to contact you. I saw your interview on abc Good Morning show this morning. I have heard great things about your book and intend on purchasing this weekend. The other reason I am writing is that I was so interested in your story concerning fibromyalgia and its debilitative effects. My husband and I have also had some serious health challenges. We and hundreds of thousands of others have had great results from natural food supplements from Mannatech. We have had several friends with fibromyalgia who have had tremendous results with these products. They have gotten there life back because they did the research and found out about this company that was birthed on prayer. I would only say do the research your self I am sure your excellent at that. This autoimmune disease can be greatly improved. Checkout websites: or and this one is Mannatechs award winning website for doctors. If I can get you any more information please don't be afraid to contact me. At my website. Again I apologize for contacting you this way. I am sure you have heard from all sorts of people on this. I am sure this would be the answer to your prayers. Sincerely, Becky Larson
West Des Moines, Ia. USA

Comments by Jere Witherspoon on Friday, July 25, 2003 at 09:40 IP Logged
All week long I looked forward to Friday, July 25th. I went to the first showing of the movie Seabiscuit. It was well worth the wait. The best book I have ever read was successfully made into a wonderful movie. Congratulations Laura... for writing a book that truely captures the best of humaniity and to Gary Ross... for you successfully presented this story on film for the rest of the world (those who may never read the book) to enjoy. Bless you ALL!!!!!
Newberg, OR USA

Comments by Lauren Keltos on Friday, July 25, 2003 at 09:33 IP Logged
SEABISCUIT RULES! I just saw the movie today, and having read the book already I would say the movie is good (it could have used more Biscuit, less people) and the book is GREAT!!!! I

Comments by Jill Johnson on Friday, July 25, 2003 at 09:25 IP Logged
When your book Seabiscuit first came out, the Book Club I run was excited to read it. Our group meeting was scheduled for a lunch on what became September 11th...Because the book was so wonderful, we rescheduled it and I wrote asking if you had developed a book club discussion guide. Your were kind enough to write back. We had our club meeting and everyone just loved the book. I wanted to follow-up again to let you know that our book club is now evolving into a Movie Club... with Seabiscuit as our first movie. We have over 20 people signed up to go see it next week and everyone is extremely excited. I could not wait and went to see it earlier today at the first showing... it was incredible. I was so thrilled to see that they captured the essence of your book... the people... the times... and the spirit of this wonderful creature of God. Thank you so much for sharing this story. It is so terrific. I cannot wait to bring my group to see it and to hear what they have to say about it over dinner. All the best in the future!
Fridley, MN USA

Comments by Katherine on Friday, July 25, 2003 at 09:02 IP Logged
Dear Ms Hillenbrand, I'd heard of Seabiscuit when I was in my 20s, but had no real concept of the magnificent athlete he was. I bought the book last year for my husband, and ended up reading it myself. Your talent shines from the pages; it's evident you have not only great talent for turning facts and statistics into a lyrical and moving story, but also that you have a great love of the characters in it. The fact that you have a personal health challenge only makes your accomplishment more inspiring. I, too, cried when it was finished, and intend to take tissues to the theatre -- this is one I will not wait for to come out in DVD before I see it. All the best to you and your future endeavours. Come on, Seabiscuit! kbryant
Virginia Beach, Virginia USA

Comments by Terre Meth on Friday, July 25, 2003 at 08:48 IP Logged
My husband and I just returned from the movie. My husband was 12 years old in 1940 and lived in California. He remembered this wonderful story. This has to be the best film I have seen in a decade. I can't wait to get the book, sorry I didn't read it first
Pembroke Pines, FL USA

Comments by Scott on Friday, July 25, 2003 at 08:48 IP Logged
Just one question. What happened to Seabiscuit after the racing career? Where is he buried?
Mokena, IL USA

Comments by Kera Pamson on Friday, July 25, 2003 at 08:46 IP Logged
Dear Ms.Hillenbrand, I have just finished your heart wrenching and beautifully told story of Seabiscuit's life for the second time. I cried through the third part of the book on both readings. I am preparing to see the movie today. You are a wonderful writer and your love of horses comes across in your writing. I have been riding since I was five and it haws always been my dream to be a jockey. I am small enough and have enough experience to accomplish this goal if I knew the right course to pursue. I live quite close to Los Alimitos and Santa Anita but it is almost impossible to get access to the owners or trainers. I have a Throughbred of my own but he will be seven on New Year's so he is not fit for racing, not to mention he isn't the fastest horse on Earth. If you could give me any ideas on how to get an audience with an owner I would be greatly apprecative. It would be the start of fulfilling a life long dream. Thank you for your book and any assistance that you might be able to give me. Incedently I'm 5'2" and I weigh 103lbs and I am only 21. Young enough and small enough to be a jockey. Thank you again for reviving Seabiscuit's legend and telling the world of a horse that all but the horse world had forgotten about. Sincerly, Kera Pamson email me at
Anaheim, Ca USA

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Comments by Carol Schultze on Friday, July 25, 2003 at 08:22 IP Logged
Dear Laura, My Grandfather George H. Schultze who is 103 had a dual wedding with another jockey who rode Seabiscuit. Not the one you portray in his book. He is a native Washingtonian and is very excited to see your movie. He knows all the characters as he was a big horse owner back then. My father also shared this passion for horses. I hope one day you could meet him. He still has all his faculities, lives alone and cooks for himself. He is truly one amazing man and I am sure he would love to tell you old horse stories. I hope to take Granddad to your movie today or on Monday. He is very excited to see it. Best regards, Carol
Bethesda, MD USA

Comments by Kristen Merkett on Friday, July 25, 2003 at 08:19 IP Logged
Ms. Hildenbrand ~ My husband, Bob, was so moved by your work has written an extraordinary song based on your novel. We would like to send a copy of the published CD to you, invite your opinion, and if you are as excited about the song as we are, ask your endorsement. Please forward a proper FedEx address, and thank you so much for bringing inspiration to all horse lovers! All the best, Kristen Merkett Austin, TX (512) 914.9615
Austin, TX USA

Comments by Marge Hozian on Friday, July 25, 2003 at 08:08 IP Logged
My husband and I haven,t been to the movies in years, Cant wait to see a beautiful good movie again. Instead of vulgar movies tha are shown today. THANK YOU!
Ashtabula, OH USA

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