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Comments by Linda Whicker on Wednesday, June 20, 2001 at 02:50 IP Logged
Laura: I hadn't read any reviews, or seen any of your appearances on TV, just innocently walked into the small library in my small town in NC and check out the audiobook verson of SEABISCUIT. What a wonderful surprise, laughter and tears, I felt it all. Listening to it in my car during my work day, I found myself sitting in my parked car with the motor running when I should have been on an appointment! I've never owned a horse, but have been a devoted fan all my life, and got to visit Secretariat in his paddock in Lexington, KY before he died, and what a thrill! I would have loved to have seen Seabiscuit race, and my heart jumped when I heard that he was racing on February 9, 1940, the day I was born! A great book, outstandingly read for audio by Scott Campbell. You've enriched my life!
Mooresville, NC USA

Comments by Betty Scheldt on Wednesday, June 20, 2001 at 02:44 IP Logged
I read the book and it was great. I bought it thinking it would be about the horse. But all aspects of the book were very interesting. I learned alot about the way people lived during that era, the live of the jockies (I always wanted to be a jockey when I was a little girl and had a horse of my own), and the trainer and owner. I'm really anxious to see the movie and you can bet I will be in line as soon as it opens in my area. GREAT JOB! Do you plan on writing about any of the other great race horses. I can remember my Grandma telling me about a race horse named Dan Patch. Does the name ring a bell? Thanks again for the opportunity to read about these interesting people and animals. Betty Scheldt
Carlinville, IL USA

Comments by HAROLD GRATZER on Wednesday, June 20, 2001 at 02:04 IP Logged

Comments by Michelle on Wednesday, June 20, 2001 at 01:19 IP Logged
Dear Laura, Thank you for "Seabiscuit: An American Legend," a superb novel, exquisitely executed. I have also written feature articles about historical figures and I know how exciting it is to discover the details. What I really want to write to you about is that I am also a victim of chronic fatigue. After several viral illnesses I was diagnosed with C.F.S. in 1995 at the age of 29 with a 5-year-old child and a husband to tend to; every day was a physical and mental battle to get out of bed because of fever, flu-like symptoms, and unrelenting fatigue. Over the last four years the disease has subsided somewhat because of regular exercise, but my immune system has been compromised. I truly hope that you can overcome your affliction to the extent that I have, the success of which I attribute to a return to receiving the Lord's Supper every Sunday and regular worship. Drugs aren't enough, nor are the strange eastern methods of accupuncture and herbal therapy. You need to get right with God. May the Lord Jesus Christ heal your body, soul, and spirit.

Comments by PJB on Wednesday, June 20, 2001 at 01:08 IP Logged
Dear Laura Thank you for writing a terrific story,and thank you for all the hard work that you obviously did. It is a pleasure to have this book. Once again Thank You
Pt Pleasant , NJ USA

Comments by Laura Frantzen on Wednesday, June 20, 2001 at 00:35 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I loved your book. I have been owned horses all my life. Recently I purchased a four year old gelding. After I received his pedigree from the Jockey club. unbeknowst to me, he is out of War Admiral through Hoist the Flag, War admiral's son. In addition, he is the grandson of Alydar and great grandson of Secretariat. Knowing he is out of Man o'War and War Admiral made reading the book even more exciting. I felt as if I were reading about his heritage - in fact, I was. But more importantly I am proud to have a link to Seabiscuit. What an extrordinary horse. I hope you continue to profile horses in the future.
Chatsworth, ca USA

Comments by kristin gillard on Wednesday, June 20, 2001 at 00:28 IP Logged
Dear Ms.Hillenbrand, I have just finished your book and it was AMAZING!!! I know nothing about horses but I know alot more now! Your ability to place the reader in the time period of the Depression and more specifically, in the setting of jockeys and horseracing was fascinating! I felt awe and respect for the tough, hardscrabble men and women who you brought to life for your readers. I have a new found respect for what they endured. You have truly done a great service to these otherwise unknown, larger than life heroes. The horse had a great heart too! I will be looking for the movie but once again, it could never be as good as a well written book! Thanks so much for a quality book that you deserve praise for! Sincerely, Kristin Gillard
redlands, ca USA

Comments by Gretchen von Schneden on Wednesday, June 20, 2001 at 00:09 IP Logged
Laura, I have only just begun reading your book. I have been captivated since page one. I work with 37 horses in a State facility in CT. My favorite boys are the ones off the track that have been graciously donated to our unit. I am very excited that someone has taken the time and energy to write about these wonderful animals. I look forward to finishing your book. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for bringing to light that there were and are still people in the world like C. Howard and T. Smith. That even a crooked legged cow horse can succeed in a race world dominated by elite athletes. Thank you, Gret
Granby, CT USA

Comments by Jim Burnett on Tuesday, June 19, 2001 at 09:37 IP Logged
Laura, A wonderful book. The amazing research is only topped by the brilliant writing. I used to edit "The Oregon Horse" magazine for the Oregon Thoroughbred Breeders Association and I have a few clips from the magazine (one is about Mioland, a stablemate of Seabiscuit, another is about a jockey,Denny Jones, later turned Oregon state legislator, who rode the West Coast circuit in the 1920s) I'd like to send you, as well as a copy of a book I wrote a few years ago about a season following the women's professional golf tour called "Tee Times." Is there an address I can mail to?

Comments by Patsy Robinson on Tuesday, June 19, 2001 at 08:22 IP Logged
I just completed your book. What a writer!! This book was the most reading fun I have had in years and I read a lot. I wanted to reach out and touch Seabiscuit and kept telling myself that he was 'just' a horse. What heart! Your writing of this book is amazing. You have such talent! I got the book at the library, but plan to buy it right away. My 79 year old father will love to read this. I would love to have you autograph it and will gladly mail a copy to you with return postage included. I have about 30 autographed books and would love to add you to my collection. Pleas let me know it this request is possible.
Lilburn, GA USA

Comments by Laurel West on Tuesday, June 19, 2001 at 07:51 IP Logged
I am sorry that I have not the chance YET to read your book. I just wanted to add that like you I have been fighting the CFS, fibromyalgia, and vulvodynia (I am 30). I saw your story on television and just wanted to let you know that I am praying for you. Just wanted to see if you were tested for hypothyroidism. I have been tested for the last 5 years and it has been negative, until I found Dr Kenneth Blanchard (Newton Wellesley Hospital, Mass) and he diagnosed me. It does not have to show on lab tests. He is helping me get back the years I have lost and work on having a child. He believes that fibromyalgia is actually a misdiagnosed thyroid. He guarantees the fatigue will disappear with the medicine. Other ideas that may help: having mercury fillings removed and being tested for an atypical yeast infection (candida albicans or T. Glabata, etc.). Please read the book The Yeast Connection and the Woman. The fatigue it can cause is completely debilitating. I promise to read the book soon. I wish you a full recovery and healthful future. best wishes, Laurel

Comments by Guil on Tuesday, June 19, 2001 at 06:57 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hellenbrand, I just wanted to applaud you for your book on Seabiscuit. I was a remarkable book, I could just not put it down. It really opened my eyes and taught me a lot, for that I thank you. After seeing a short segment of you on the NBC evening news I had to go out and buy the book. Also on the segment, it a talked about you having been stricken with Chronic Fatique Syndrome. I can understand the pain each day of dealing with it, I was diagnosed with approx 13 yrs ago. But I was able to overcome it, I would say it was miracle. But I kept positive through out the difficult times. I just wanted to wish you the best and godspeed for a complete recovery. Kind regards.

Comments by Steven A.Ruggiero on Tuesday, June 19, 2001 at 06:41 IP Logged
I just finished your book. Wow! Thanks for a fine book.
W. Melbourne, FLl USA

Comments by Suzanne B. on Tuesday, June 19, 2001 at 03:54 IP Logged
Dear Laura, What a beautifully written story! I thoroughly enjoyed your book on Seabiscuit including the stories about the people involved and the background information on the lives of jockeys and racing, in general. I have been horse crazy almost my entire life. Last May, I purchased an eight year old Thoroughbred gelding, who I affectionately call "Artie". I am riding him as a hunter. From his lip tattoo, I was able to find out from the Jockey Club in Kentucky his family background. I was able to reach his breeder in Minnesota and we had some very interesting conversations regarding Artie's family. I enjoyed reading about Seabiscuit's family and found it intriguing that he and War Admiral were related! Your book brings back memories of my childhood growing up on the San Francisco Peninsula. (I have been in the Midwest for nine years) We used to attend races at Bay Meadows. I am saddened to learn that Bay Meadows will probably be torn down for real estate developments in the next year or so. Tanforan in San Bruno was converted into a shopping mall, and I don't know when that was done. I have some questions for you. Did Marcela and Charles have any children of their own? Did they really live in Burlingame, or was it Hillsborough? Where did Seabiscuit stay when he was racing at Bay Meadows and Tanforan? Always at the track when he wasn't relaxing at Ridgewood? Thank you for a great book that detailed alot of history as well as told a moving story of a great horse with a big heart! I'd love to be an "extra" in the Seabiscuit movie!
New Berlin, WI USA

Comments by Suzanne Heiligman on Tuesday, June 19, 2001 at 02:10 IP Logged
Laura, Your talent for writing and relentless searching out every miligram of facts is what will makes this story immortal. Seabiscuit will be a ledgend forever. As I read the book I was struck by how much painstaking effort you devoted to writing this story and bringing it to life. As I progressed in the book each chapter brought the story to more and more of a crescendo and needless to say I devoted the better part of 3 days to devour this book including the epilogue. I held my breath when the race track was too soft and muddy..I felt I was there with the throngs of people holding my breath, cheering, short..this book was THE BEST..thank you for it. I've also fought Chronic Fatigue..I'm winning the battle and so can you.
Cazenovia, NY USA

Comments by Elizabeth von Dreele on Tuesday, June 19, 2001 at 01:44 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand: I loved the book and couldn't put it down. Even though I knew the outcome of the two main races my heart pounded as I read it. Your writing is superb. The ending was very moving. YOu brought the thirties to life for me Sincerely, Elzabeth von Dreele

Comments by Ed Stockbridge on Monday, June 18, 2001 at 09:39 IP Logged
Great book and so exitingly written - could hardly put it down. I knew horse racing was dangerous, but your descriptions of the life of a jockey was unbelievable. Thanks so much for writing this book.
acton , ma USA

Comments by Joey Errigo on Monday, June 18, 2001 at 08:54 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I just started reading your book and I'm getting ready for a good cry! I've been "horsie" all my life and it all began with Black Beauty, the first book I ever read "all by myself". I can assure the person who questioned the speed of the racing Quarter Horse (by my own experience) that if you are about 14 years old, riding such a creature bareback and forget to grab the mane, the difference between accelerating to 45+or-mph as opposed to 50+or-mph is really're going to the emergency ward either way! I grew up in Binghamton, NY, home of the Kilmers and the Swamp Root Cure, and have always wanted to research and possibly rewrite the story of Kilmer's famous horse Exterminator but since I'm a songwriter,it will probably have to be under 3 minutes and have a catchy chorus, so maybe I should leave it to someone like you. There is a book about Exterminator that I read as a child, which I loved, but I'm sure there is more to tell. Enjoying your book, Joey Errigo P.S. My favorite hardknockin' racehorse of all times, or at least the 60's, was the heart stopping, obscurely bred, come from behind,(sometimes in time)common looking little horse Carry Back who dueled Kelso in Handicap races for Horse of the Year honors way back when........and I have the scrapbooks to prove it.
Register, Ga USA

Comments by Candice on Monday, June 18, 2001 at 06:30 IP Logged
I LOVED your book about Seabiscuit, I couldn't put it down! Are you thinking about writing any more books?

Comments by Trey Hanover on Monday, June 18, 2001 at 03:58 IP Logged
A wonderful tale, masterfully told. As a member of the horseman community I wish to express my thanks to you for showing the inspiration that our sport is capable of producing. I have countless stories of equine heroism, that will bring a lump to the hardest soul's throat. Tales of the obscurly bred quarter horse SLM Big Daddy who went from cheap plater to world champion, and in doing so caused the discovery and rescue of his starving sire, and a band of broodmares. Or of the 11 year old Racin Deal who last night (6/17/01) won a stakes race at Retama Park, to score his 21st lifetime win, this after suffering a terrible injury to a wire fence. The honesty, and heart of a good race horse can and should inspire us all to try to do better every day. Final note to the gentleman who questioned the statement as to the speed of quarter horses, Retama Park is a notoriously slow racetrack. The world record for 1/4 mile, from a closed gate, and a standing start is 20.94 seconds, the timer starts as the gate opens so the average speed of the race is not the top speed due to the time that is required to reach top speed. When Evening Snow set that world mark, it was reported that at some point during the race he reached 60 mph.
Bryan, TX USA

Comments by Gay Allen on Monday, June 18, 2001 at 03:43 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, I have just finished reading your wonderful Seabiscuit, An America Legend. I am not a great horse racing fan, but a lover of horses. I was born in the depression era, so didn't really know that much about Seabiscuit until I got a little older, but that name has always been on my heart. I knew he was great but did not know his story. Thanks you for his story, and the life of the owner, trainer, and jockey's. His heart must have been huge. I cried, and was very touched by your book. I am an avid reader, and I can't tell you when a book touched me like yours did. Thank you, thank you,
Stockton, ca. USA

Comments by Rose S. Fitzsimmons on Monday, June 18, 2001 at 03:17 IP Logged
I have been reading your book. The heart and courage of this great horse has leapt from these pages and has touched my life.
Santa Rosa, CA United States

Comments by mary millar on Monday, June 18, 2001 at 02:46 IP Logged
Shedding tears over the story of a racehorse? Preposterous, I thought...that is until I read Seabiscuit's story. Curious about why a book about horse racing could make the top of the New York Times bestseller list I began the book and could not put it down. It is a must read...and I can already picture Paul Newman as the laconic, mystical Tom Smith! Thank you, Ms. Hildenbrand!
tucson, az USA

Comments by Stefanie Falzone on Monday, June 18, 2001 at 01:58 IP Logged
This is by far the best book I have ever read. I knew the outcome of the match race between Seabiscuit and War Admiral, yet read it with my heart pounding and bearly able to stay in my chair! You covered all the bases with grace and depth that brought me from laughter to awe to tears and back again. Your writing brought to the public what we horsemen already know...there is nothing as wonderful as a horse's ability to play with both humans and eachother; competetiveness unmatched; and above all heart...that just won't quit! Thanks again. I'll read this book again and again and enjoy it each time!
Cambridge, MA USA

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