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Comments by Jeff Craddock on Sunday, April 27, 2003 at 02:02 IP Logged
When I was a kid, my family gave me a board game one Christmas. I don't remember the name of it, but it was one of those games where each player got a horse, you rolled the dice and counted off squares, simulating a race around the board. Among the horses were War Admiral, Whirlaway, Citation....and Seabiscuit. Who was Seabiscuit? I asked my grandfather--maybe the most dedicated racing fan I ever knew--if he'd seen or heard of Seabiscuit. Turns out he'd seen 'em all, and by his account best of them was Seabiscuit. At the time I was surprised, because I thought a horse had to win the Derby to be really great. Little did I know. Laura, thank you so much for your book. I was in tears for much of it, though I can't say exactly why. Maybe it's as simple as the power of your love of Seabiscuit and those around him. I've given your book to several people--I even left a copy in Hawaii--and have been the recipient of much gratitude. All that should go to you, as you are an amazing writer. Thank you so much for your dedication and courage...and your wisdom in finding the very best subject for your skills.
Silver Spring, MD USA

Comments by John R. Pollard on Sunday, April 27, 2003 at 00:49 IP Logged
My wife saw the story on PBS and thought there was a family resemblance. My hair is red and thinning also.Found out about your book when searching for the story.
Beverly Hillls, Fl. USA

Comments by Donna Timko on Saturday, April 26, 2003 at 02:17 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, Seabiscuit is beautiful. I have never experienced anything like it. Everyone is so real as if I know them, and especially Biscuit. I know nothing of horse racing, but heard of all the famous names from my father when I was a little girl. I learned so much about the total picture, but the relationship with Smith and Pollard and Biscuit was amazing. THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR RESEARCH AND DEDICATION. iT SURE IS A GIFT TO ALL THAT READ THIS MARVELOUS BOOK. tEARS WERE RUNNING DOWN MY FACE DURING THE END OF THE STORY. i CAN RELATE TO THE LOVE OF THE ANIMAL AND THOSE WHO LOVE HIM. tHANK YOU SO MUCH.
Eastlake, OH USA

Comments by Mardi Merjian on Saturday, April 26, 2003 at 01:00 IP Logged
Your book was given to me as a present from my sports loving daughter in law.I thought she was nuts.(still do at times)She knows I like racing ,but iI thought what can a book about a horse be like.well I soon found out ,shince once started I could not put the book down untill finished. This book could wins the TRIPLE CROWN. This past week on the REGIS show he said he had seen the movie.My undestanding is that it will not be out untill July 2003.Was it an PREVIEW that he saw or is it in fact been released? Please reply to email and let me know,as there is no way I will miss seeing this movie. Thank you again for a great book,and Thank you my daughter in law.
bayside , ny USA

Comments by T. Zirnite on Friday, April 25, 2003 at 07:40 IP Logged
I've just finished reading your magnificant book and want to say thank you. It brought back memories of childhood trips to Agua Caliente with my parents. I must say that your description of the original tracks demise was one of the funniest things I have ever read. It deepened my appreciation of those days spent under the eaves, watching my folks urging thier horses on. When I visit Del Mar this summer, I'm sure it will be a far different experience for me than in years past. What is it about this book that is so evocative and moves so many people? It has created a certain yearning that is bitter sweet and incomprehensible. The broken,brave and lately unsung characters of this story deserve the spotlight that you have so gently turned on them. Congratulations and thank you.
USA

Comments by Alexandra Mayer on Friday, April 25, 2003 at 07:24 IP Logged
P.S. If you can write a book like Seabiscuit when you are ill, I'd love to see what you write when you are healthy again!! Wow!
Palo Alto, CA USA

Comments by Alexandra Mayer on Friday, April 25, 2003 at 07:16 IP Logged
Dear Laura, Your description of how you feel described me to a "T" when I had a misdiagnosis of CFS for 4 years, before my real diagnosis of celiac disease (aka gluten intolerance). This is a very common misdiagnosis, since CD can masquerade as CFS. I don't want to be another person offering your "cure" since this info won't help unless you test positive. If you haven't been tested for celiac disease and gluten intolerance, like many other CFS sufferers, you could be missing the key to your health. I'm writing since I hate to see others suffer as I did and wish someone had clued ME in earlier since CD is so common and CFS is the #1 misdiagnosis. I'm an athletic, highly educated, career-oriented woman who became bedridden at 30 years old. I re-started my life 4 years later, a few months after getting my CD diagnosis and changing my diet. Occam's razor comes to mind when I think of all the failed CFS treatments I tried compared to the simple one that gave me my life back - diet. For more info, see www.celiac.com and www.finerhealth.com. Email me if you'd like to know more.
Palo Alto, CA USA

Comments by Joe Tortomasi on Friday, April 25, 2003 at 06:31 IP Logged
I live in the foothills above Arcadia, California. I hike four days a week in the San Gabriel Mountains. As I hike down, off in the distance, I can clearly see Santa Anita Racetrack. Ever since I read your book, I no longer look at that track the same way. Your book really moved me. A classic speaks to everyone. You cinched it with yours. Nothing but the best of luck to you.
USA

Comments by Anne McIlhany on Friday, April 25, 2003 at 06:09 IP Logged
I just finished your book "Seabiscuit, An American Legend" today, and was completely captivated. It just won my heart! The best book I've read in a very long time, it made me just fall to pieces for the little horse who had more heart than all the others. Your descriptions of the actual races had me literally biting my nails, crying and laughing at turns! Thank you for bringing such a magnificent part of history, and such a magnificent horse, alive for me. I will never forget this book, or Seabiscuit.
Houston, TX USA

Comments by Miriam Erez on Thursday, April 24, 2003 at 07:11 IP Logged
I knew next to nothing about horses before reading your book. Now whenever I think of it, I can FEEL the horse thundering beneath me, as if I'M in the irons! By the way, your mom and my mother-in-law are friends.
Ketura, Israel

Comments by Rick Deloney on Thursday, April 24, 2003 at 04:40 IP Logged
I have just watched the American Experience program on PBS about Seabiscuit. What an amazing story! Seabiscuit was a legend at a time when America was hurting and needed a hero. The very next day I began reading your book and I can't wait for the movie this summer. I can't quite figure out what my attraction is to this story but I am absolutely engrossed by Seabiscuit. After seeing the trailer on the internet I had tears in my eyes. Thank you Laura!
Harrisonburg, VA USA

Comments by Robin on Thursday, April 24, 2003 at 02:48 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand: Deepest thanks for a most excellent book. "Seabiscuit An American Legend" touches my heart like no book I have ever read. I hope you don't mind if I suggest that you look into a book titled "Live Right For Your Type" by Dr.Peter D'Adamo for yout CFS. I do not have CFS, but have had amazing results by following his blood type diet for other health problems. He also has a web site and a clinic in Connecticut. I wish you well.
longwood, fl USA

Comments by dee leonard on Thursday, April 24, 2003 at 02:41 IP Logged
I have just this moment finished the very last word in your magnificent book...I cannot tell you how much I loved this book. What a horse, what a confluence of amazing people, what a story! Thank you.
Haverhill, MA USA

Comments by Amanda Dial on Thursday, April 24, 2003 at 02:16 IP Logged
This is a very interesting site and i have enjoyed viewing the slideshow that you have put together.
Mansfield, Tx USA

Comments by Terry McManus on Thursday, April 24, 2003 at 02:12 IP Logged
Ms. Hillenbrand, Many years ago my father gave me a book by the noted English author P.G. Wodehouse. The story therein was one involving the fictional characters Bertie Wooster and his butler (gentleman's gentleman) Jeeves. That did it - I have been hooked on Wodehouses's writing ever since and I continually come back to it. I have the feeling that your wonderful book "Seabiscuit" is going to be in the same category. The phrase "shit godzilla" is so perfect that it defies description, so I won't try. Yesterday I started reading the book for the 3rd time. I read recently in The Blood Horse that someone whose name I can't remember had decided it was time to criticize some picayune point in your book and a few weeks later the final page was your response to him. You were a bit restrained in your response so let me just say this: he should have subtitled his piece "I'll never be able to write like that so I'll have to content myself with some cheap shots to get some attantion." Many thanks again and let me end with this question: Who is the "Borden" to whom the book is dedicated? I ask because that is my middle name, and I am a distant cousin of Lizzie. Terry McManus
Wanatah, In. USA

Comments by Terry McManus on Wednesday, April 23, 2003 at 07:04 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, Many years ago, more than I care to admit, my father sat me down and gave me a book to read by P.G. Wodehouse, the great English humorist who created among others the characters Bertie Wooster and his butler Jeeves. In the many years since I have read his works over and over and over, some of them more than 10 times, and each time I return to one of them I am rewarded. I believe it is going to be the same with your wonderful book "Seabiscuit". If for no other reason, I can once again look forward to that exquisitely perfect phrase "shit godzilla". Did that come to you in a dream? I saw the PBS documentary last night and I had to agree with the Chicago Tribune opinion of it - It's wonderful but it was too short. I have the movie to look forward to this summer and I have the book to read (starting this afternoon for the third time (1st time October 2-4 of 2001, 2nd time November 27 through December 2 of 2002, and now the third, (but not last time). Recently it seems there was a bit of a fuss in the Thoroughbred Magazine The Blood Horse about some one or other challenging you on some picayune point in the book, and the last page was devoted to your reply. I only vaguely remember the objection a while back and your defense was ok, but I couldn't help but think that that guy whose name I forget should have subtitled his querulous little piece "I couldn't write that well in 5 lifetimes so I'll just take a cheap shot!" Pay no attention. Terry McManus
Wanatah, In. USA

Comments by Toba Rainess on Wednesday, April 23, 2003 at 06:47 IP Logged
Hello Ms. Hillenbrand. I am producing a story on Seabiscuit for the local NBC affiliate to air during this year's Preakness. Any interest in being part of the story? I would love to talk to you. Please let me know at your earliest convenience! Thank you. Toba Rainess
Baltimore, MD USA

Comments by Dave Hultgren on Wednesday, April 23, 2003 at 05:38 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I just watched Seabiscuit: An American Legend on the American Experience from PBS. What a wonderful documentary based on a superbly written book. Bravo. When the book first came out in 2001, I noticed that it was a "must read". Now I used to ride horses when I was a kid at summer camp, but I was not into horse racing as a story. Your book is such a treasure of little bits of information woven into a story that reads like a great novel. When I first finished the book, I went out and bought it, and advised my father to read it, as he used to take care of horses on his Uncle's farm in Minnesota. I enjoy how you describe each character--Red, Smith, Mr. Howard, the horses, and the scenery. Your description of the times back in the 30's brought me right there. You are very knowledgeable about horses. Thanks for bringing a great story to life.
Monroe, NY USA

Comments by Dave Hultgren on Wednesday, April 23, 2003 at 05:37 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I just watched Seabiscuit: An American Legend on the American Experience from PBS. What a wonderful documentary based on a superbly written book. Bravo. When the book first came out in 2001, I noticed that it was a "must read". Now I used to ride horses when I was a kid at summer camp, but I was not into horse racing as a story. Your book is such a treasure of little bits of information woven into a story that reads like a great novel. When I first finished the book, I went out and bought it, and advised my father to read it, as he used to take care of horses on his Uncle's farm in Minnesota. I enjoy how you describe each character--Red, Smith, Mr. Howard, the horses, and the scenery. Your description of the times back in the 30's brought me right there. You are very knowledgeable about horses. Thanks for bringing a great story to life.
Monroe, NY USA

Comments by Judy Rife on Wednesday, April 23, 2003 at 03:35 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, I watched the PBS program the other night about Seabiscuit. I did not know at the time that it was put together from your book. I was born in 1939, so was not personally familiar with the story, but had heard of it as an adult. I am writing to complement you on the story, and to offer my services to you as a typist, if you would care to dictate your next book. My daughter suffers from Meneires Disease which also has vertigo as one of the effects, so I know from her just how dibilitating it can be. With e-mail, it would be so easy. You could send your full tapes to me, and I could type and send them to you by email so that you would have a hard-copy to work on, and so on and on. Please contact me if I can be of help. Judy Rife Administrative Assistant to the President Cornish College of the Arts 710 E Roy Street Seattle, WA 98102
Seattle, WA USA

Comments by L. Love on Wednesday, April 23, 2003 at 02:42 IP Logged
Hi Laura. I'm in awe of you. I love how articulate you are and how you speak of the legend Seabiscuit with the passion, knowledge and ease of a great story teller. Your guestbook indicates you have touched many lives with your written words, I can't imagine the hoopla that is yet to come with the movie. I hope you are well enough to participate in promotional interviews before the movie is released because I think it would be even more interesting to hear from you than the big stars of the film. My brother in-law reads nothing but horse racing history books since reading your book. My husband, an avid reader of exclusively sci fi/fantasy material, tells me regularly that your book is the best he has ever read. The office of our new home is adorned with recently acquired black and white photos of past race horsing legends including, Seabiscuit being ridden by Sonny Workman, and Seabiscuit beating War Admiral. I think there is going to be a huge resurge in the interest in the history of horse racing. Your book sat unread by my bedside for months. I kept looking at it, knowing I should read such hugely recommended book, and with the move, never got around to it. After watching the PBS documentary (two nights in a row), I can't wait to read it. I just love the "Rudy" type story where the unlikely perseveres beyond belief. My husband and brother in-law are extremely hard-working iron workers who come home and dedicate each and every evening to their families. I sure would love to send them to the movie premier. I think it would be one of their life's highlights. I'll have to look into how to make that happen. If anyone out there can help me, I'd love to hear from you. Laura, all the best to you as one of your life purposes is raised before you.
Jordan, MN USA

Comments by Sc ott Dwinelle on Wednesday, April 23, 2003 at 01:27 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, It's a small world, my late Uncle, Richard Grunder, was a friend of your Father and your Uncle Jim Hillenbrand. He told me about your book and how fascinating it was. I bought it the other day and can't put it down. I just wanted to compliment you on your fine writing style and exceptional research. This is truly a great book and destined to become a classic. Sincerely, Scott Dwinelle
Alexandria, VA USA

Comments by Paul Barbour on Wednesday, April 23, 2003 at 00:06 IP Logged
Dear Laura, Yours is the greatest book I have ever read, without exception. I heard you on the Tony Kornheiser show, and thought you were just great. I have considered myself a struggling writer because, although close once or twice, I have not yet been published. After hearing and reading about you, I have a better understanding of what a struggling author truly is. I am completely humbled by the incredible work you produced under such adverse conditions. You inspire me to put aside my petty distractions and keep writing, submitting; writing and submitting. If you had any words of advice or counsel, I would appreciate hearing from you more than I can. However, I can imagine how much the recent promotional appearances and your work on the movie have taken from your time and energy. Please accept my praise, admiration and best wishes. Sincerely, Paul Barbour
Baldwinsville, NY USA

Comments by Bill Riley on Tuesday, April 22, 2003 at 09:52 IP Logged
Dear Laura-Last fall a friend recommended your book as a "must read". I got it as a Christmas gift, put it on my reading "pile", and finally got ot it on the outbound leg of a business trip this month. As I got deeper into the story, I found it more difficult to put the book down, finally staying up the last night to read the last 100+ pages. I'm old enough to remember the 1949 (?) movie in the 50s, and only old enough to vaguely remember hearing about the horse. The story is incredibly, and you did a magnificent job telling it. Congratulations! Then I read about your health issues and the impact they had on your writing the book. Your persistence, perserverance and courage rival the characters in the book. I salute you for overcoming your challenges. You are a role model for all of us. I look forward to your next book! Bill Riley Danville, CA
Danville, CA USA

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