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Comments by Ed Armacost on Saturday, May 26, 2001 at 01:24 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand - I am just dropping you a line to let you know just how much I've enjoyed your work on "Seabiscuit". It has been a long time since I have been so captivated that both sleep and work were neglected until I reached the "acknowledgments". Thank You very much for a truly great work.
Upperco, Md USA

Comments by dave foster on Saturday, May 26, 2001 at 00:30 IP Logged
A great story, well told. How one one gain access to news films,race footage, audios of race broadcasts and still photos of Seabiscuit and her friends?
jacksonville, fl USA

Comments by Adele Calbick on Friday, May 25, 2001 at 09:32 IP Logged
I include my accolades among all the others. Seabiscuit is by far the best book I have ever read across all genres.I could not put it down. Thank you

Comments by Diana Prout on Friday, May 25, 2001 at 09:07 IP Logged
Dear Laura, What an exhilarating experience! I hope the movie will do the same! I hope it will be refreshing just as the book... I love horses, but not really a racing fan. All the best.
Princeton, NJ USA

Comments by Marion Natale on Friday, May 25, 2001 at 07:31 IP Logged
Dear Laura...I have grown up loving Man O War. I think I was born loving horses. It's ironic...I've never owned one. Could never afford it. Horses require alot of care and maintenance. I read a book, actually I have it, on Seabiscuit and fell madly in love with him. Your book is absolutely wonderful. Having gone through alot of pain and torment of my own due to a leg that I almost lost in an accident...I have always been able to understand how the Howards, Tom Smith, and Red Pollard felt about "The Biscuit." He was truly a determined little horse. I only wish you had left one quote out of the book and I pray there is no bad language in the movie or you'll make it impossible for me to see it. Blessings to you and all those involved in this endeavor.

Comments by Margaret Anna Durkin on Friday, May 25, 2001 at 05:50 IP Logged
Hi Laura: I love your book, I'm a breast cancer survivor since 1997. I'm 67 years old. Your story is for any survivor . I would like to use your name for a short story about the wonderful Navy Hospital we have in San Diego California Could you help me or let me know if it's ok to use your story . I'm definitely not a writer but I think this would be great about your Seabiscuit and all the people involved in his welfare. It could give the patients some hope and maybe inspire them not to give up. What do you think? I won't be disappointed if you say no, just a idea I have. Margaret Anna
San diego, ca USA

Comments by Bonnie Gay on Friday, May 25, 2001 at 03:55 IP Logged
I jsut finished your book on Seabiscuit. It was wonderful. I too was born and raised in Fairfax Co, Va. and had horses. I worked at a race track growing up in Charlestown, Wv. I had horses as a child too. I now own a appendix quarter horse mare that goes back to MAN O War. In reading your book, it has given me some insights about her personality, stamina and determination. Thank you for the hours spent crying and laughing.
Buckhannon, wv USA

Comments by Carol on Friday, May 25, 2001 at 02:23 IP Logged
Hi, I loved your book. It was fantastic. I couldn't put it down. My 27 year old T B is related to War Admiral. I can't wait for your next book!
cleveland, ohio USA

Comments by john brady on Friday, May 25, 2001 at 00:52 IP Logged
duluth, ga USA

Comments by Niall Connolly on Friday, May 25, 2001 at 00:04 IP Logged
Dear Laura, You wrote an incredible awesome story of Seabiscuit. You really brought to life the people close to the horse as well as the era in which they lived. I have told my 73 year old mother who lives in Ireland about your book and she is pestering her local library for a copy. I should put the local librarian out of her misery by sending a copy to my mom. Have you noticed the large attendence's at the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness this year. I think a lot of people came out to witness a horse race because of your book. You have done more to get people interested in horse racing than any "Go Baby Go" campaign by the NTRA has ever achieved. Congratulations on a magnificant accomplishment!
Orlando, FL USA

Comments by Matthew Karns on Thursday, May 24, 2001 at 08:17 IP Logged
Hi Laura. Wanted to let you know what an amazing piece of literature you have written. I am only at chapter 7 so I know the best is yet to come, but thus far the book has been wonderful. I have been "into" horse racing since I was 13 years old (about 18 years now!) and also have a horse of my own, a 22 year old quarter horse (he's a big fan of Seabiscuit also!) Your writing is beautifully moving and descriptive. I look forward to finishing "Seabiscuit" and treasuring this horse in my heart for the rest of my life. I am sure I will post another message after I finish the book. Take care, and thank you for taking the time to tell Seabiscuit's story.
Bloomsburg, PA USA

Comments by Stephen E. Smith on Thursday, May 24, 2001 at 04:38 IP Logged
Laura Just finished your book,I enjoyed it tremendously,and I'm not the biggest reader,the last book I read was the"WILDRIDE" {Alydar}but I could not put your book down.Horseracing is in my blood as my dad trained horses for 45 years and I myself got my trainers license of all places Narragansett Park in 1974.Though I've been out of racing since 1996 it still burns inside me to train a horse as that is what I miss the most the actual training and being with the horses,I know what Tom Smith did and felt.One day when I was a small boy my dad and I were in the shedrow at Scarborogh Downs before the races and around the corner came this 100 dollar car,an old white haired man got out in kakis and a white shirt,he would come everyday to chat with my dad who had a barnful of horses who did not drink,great family man, and who's reputation was the best man with cripple in the New England,we would do Lincoln and Narragansett in fall,winter,and spring and Scarborogh in the summer.Needless to say this little old man was "RED POLLARD" who loved visiting with my dad at the barn and we loved listening to his stories in those days in the late 60's where Red was working as a valet.Can't wait for the movie.
N.Andover, Ma. USA

Comments by Penelope Hanna on Thursday, May 24, 2001 at 01:08 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, My American history classes in school were sorely lacking because I do not remember ever hearing about this wonderful horse and his story in the middle of a dark period in our country. We learned about World War II, about Hitler, the Depression, Lindbergh, FDR, etc. but never about Seabiscuit. And yet he was all over the media at the time and gave such hope to so many during a difficult and sad time. Thank you for making me aware of Seabiscuit and those who knew him best and for what they contributed to us all. Yours sincerely, Penelope Hanna
Houston, TX USA

Comments by roger browning on Thursday, May 24, 2001 at 00:54 IP Logged
third year of ownership,meeting my adversities now. has steeled my resolve,and i will enjoy working through the issues with new enthusiasim. page 88 end of tijuana track funniest i have ever read!!
simpsonville, ky USA

Comments by Lenny Tieman on Thursday, May 24, 2001 at 00:41 IP Logged
Ms. Hillenbrand: I heard your interview on NPR and that intrigued me to purchase the book. What a wonderful story of courage and determination! I love horses, but have never really been a racing fan, but I am now. There is a new racetrack in Grand Prarie Texas a 10 miles away and now I am eager to go. Thank you for this book and your tremendous efforts to tell this story. I only hope that the movie does the story justice and can inspire me and others just as your book has done.
Arlington, TX USA

Comments by brenda burdge on Thursday, May 24, 2001 at 00:31 IP Logged
dear ms. hillenbrand, just finished your book about seabiscuit!if i could have been born in another time and place, i would pick the late 1930's and would surely have been a racing fan. i felt like i was living the story myself. tears filled my eyes during several moments of reading. i am so glad there are talented people like you who can take ordinary people like myself and place us in other lifelike settings through the written word. thanks so much for the wonderful read! i am looking forward to the movie now.

Comments by Pam Bacher on Wednesday, May 23, 2001 at 08:04 IP Logged
Ms. Hilldenbrand, Once I began reading "Seabiscuit" I couldn't put the book down. What a great story! What a great horse! You did a wonderful job. I hope you will be in the Washington DC area in the future so that I can come hear you talk. And, I am looking forward to the movie. Please keep involved in the movie production so that they do the Seabiscuit story justice. Pam Bacher
Vienna, VA USA

Comments by Jacqueline Clark on Wednesday, May 23, 2001 at 07:59 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand: Having just read some of the other e-mail comments, I agree with most of them. Being a lover of horses, especially Thoroughbreds I read whatever and whenever I can on the subject. Your descriptions of the races not only had me at the track in the stands, but on Seabiscuit's back. Also, walking the track, put my feet right in the furrows. Red Pollard with his injuries, his spirit, his sense of offbeat humor made me chuckle but broke my heart. God Bless Seabiscuit, all the folks who cared for and about him, and you, Ms Hillenbrand for your great writing talent. Give us more! Best wishes, Jackie Clark
Hillsborough, NJ USA

Comments by Jim Naylor on Wednesday, May 23, 2001 at 07:53 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hildenbrand: Thanks for SEABISCUIT. It is an excellent work and brought back many memories. I lived in Azusa, about six miles east of Santa Anita, from 1939 to 1949 (subtract three years for military service). I also lived in Fairfax County Virginia from 1971 to 1977. Great reading experience. Thanks again.
Longwood, FL USA

Comments by Sandra Thielz on Wednesday, May 23, 2001 at 07:11 IP Logged
Ms. Hilldenbrand, Your book is fantastic. Your book gave such a wonderful picture of the magnificence of horses. They are truly wonderful animals and Seabiscuit was the best. I could not put your book down and cried when it was over. Thank you for such a wonderful book. Sandra Thielz
West Chester, Pa USA

Comments by Kenneth Katzner on Wednesday, May 23, 2001 at 04:48 IP Logged
Dear Laura, My hat is off to you. Your Seabiscuit was one of the best books I have ever read. And after reading (and hearing on NPR) of your personal travails I am in awe of what you have accomplished. Of course, for an avid racing fan like me the book couldnít miss. But the fact that it is up there among the national best sellers shows that it is being read by countless others as well. There are just not that many of us around. Much as I love the sport, I think that for your next book you should turn to something else. Horse racing just isnít big enough to encompass your enormous talent for describing momentous events, the atmosphere, the drama, the emotions, and the high and low points in peopleís lives. Perhaps we can meet someday. I live right in the neighborhood. Have published a few books myself. Iíd love it.
Washington, DC USA

Comments by david hale on Wednesday, May 23, 2001 at 03:50 IP Logged
Thank you so much for a very exciting book as a retired jockey i cant find any good books that relate to horse racing like yours looking forward to your next one maybe it might be about a current or past jockey
neworleans, la USA

Comments by Dan Silvert on Wednesday, May 23, 2001 at 03:37 IP Logged
Hi Laura, I'm overwhelmed with what you've accoomplished, and I haven't even read the book yet! Caught a blurb in Newsweek the other day and re-realized that the movie stuff we talked about last year ... I guess I'm a bit behind the curve here! My goodness Laura. This level of appreciation and recognition could not have happened to a better person. I guess I'm off to buy your book now. Reach me if you have time! Your numbers have changed since we last spoke. Dan
Teaneck, NJ USA

Comments by David Yacawych on Wednesday, May 23, 2001 at 00:39 IP Logged
Dear Laura, Thank you, thank you. thank you. I've purchased five copies of your book and sent them to friends as far away as Australia. I grew up in the shadow of Santa Anita and fell in love with horse racing at an early age. I was lucky enough to work the summer after my first year in college at Claiborne Farm in Paris, Kentucky. The day I arrived Arthur B. Hancock's granddaughter who was seven or eight at the time (1961) showed me some of the horses stabled near the family mansion and a stall that had been retired with the nameplate "Seabiscuit" on the door. I assumed The Biscuit stood at stud at Claiborne. It wasn't until years later after I moved to Ukiah, which is near Ridgewood, that I learned Seabiscuit spent his few retirement years in Willits. I still wonder what that stall at Claiborne signified? Do you know the answer?
Ukiah, Ca USA

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