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Comments by Rob Donovan on Thursday, May 10, 2001 at 03:52 IP Logged
After finishing your book from cover to cover, I was delighted to find (on the very last page!)that you created a web page for people to contact you. And just as I suspected, you've received hundreds of thank you emails from people lucky enough to read your wonderful book. I have spent a week of traveling across the country in crowded airplanes and airports and your book made my week. Thank you very very much. It was delightful in every respect.
Seattle, WA USA

Comments by Tom Lilli on Thursday, May 10, 2001 at 03:19 IP Logged
Laura, I never had an interest in hourses, save the time I drew one for a fifth grade sweet heart, but after reading your book, I connot stop thinking about the relationship the people in your story had with that horse! Every time you wrote about Seabiscuit "running down the backstrech" and pouring it on to a win, I had a lump in my throat. And I don't get choked up about things. Thanks for a touching story and for the NPR interview. That is where you hooked me to read the book.
East Stroudsburg, PA USA

Comments by Shannon Box on Thursday, May 10, 2001 at 02:53 IP Logged
I read your book about a month ago. Fantastic. I read quite a lot of non-fiction. I believe your book is the finest I've read in the past decade. I recently reviewed your book on the political/cultural website which I run. I hope you take a look. Thanks again for a great book.
Canyon Lake, TX USA

Comments by David Landau on Thursday, May 10, 2001 at 02:23 IP Logged
I have been a racehorse fan since 1973 when I elected to spend my afternoons at Pimlico rather than playng for the high school baseball team. As you can imagine, my parents were thrilled by the choice. I loved your book but had two questions: (1) Why did the cover photo not include Seabiscuit's face? (2) Had you uncovered any rumors that Tom Smith was the first trainer to introduce the electric prod? I have heard stories that he used an "electric whip" on many of his horses, including Seabiscuit. Thank you for your response.
Potomac, MD USA

Comments by Ed Shoenbach had on Thursday, May 10, 2001 at 01:58 IP Logged
This is probably the finest book my wife and I have had the opportunity to listen to on tape during the last five years! We are both horse people and I am fortunate enough to have a one in a million horse but the story of Seabiscuit goes beyond just the horse story and touches anyone that has loved an animal and had the animal love them in return. Congratulations on a book that had us cheering and crying at the same time.
Grandview, TX USA

Comments by Tom McDermott on Thursday, May 10, 2001 at 01:25 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand-- I'm in the middle of Seabiscuit, and it is wonderful reading. Have you been alerted yet to a lovely, whimsical piece of music, a rag by William Bolcom called "Seabiscuits"? Well worth checking out and available only on his Nonesuch LP,"Heliotrope Bouquet". If you can't find it let me know and I'll tape it. Congratulations again on your fine book. --Tom McDermott
New Orleans, La USA

Comments by Thomas Sallaway on Thursday, May 10, 2001 at 00:45 IP Logged
I recently found out that Tom Smith (my great Grandfather)is more famous than I knew about. I am very interested in knowing more about My Grandfather Who I was named after. Being very closely related to "silent" Tom Smith I would LOVE to learn more abot him. I have seen statues of him and seabiscuit at Santa Anita and have a picture of him with Seabiscuit at home but really want to know more about him. I am very interested about learning more about my Grandfather. Please Contact me at your convenience.
Lewisville, TX USA

Comments by WILLIAM M. DIMARZO on Wednesday, May 09, 2001 at 09:22 IP Logged
Upon listening to your being interviewed on National Public Radio in regard to the writing of your book, I knew immediately that I had to purchase "Seabiscuit." Barnes and Noble did not even have it in their computer yet; I had to purchase it elsewhere. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Brought back some wonderful memories. One question I have on page 338: 694 missions??? At times I often wonder if authors ever get a chance to see the jacket prior to publication. Seabiscuit must be chomping at the bit if all they could show was the better part of his rump on the cover. I have considerable reservation whether or not Hollywood will be able to capture the spell of the moment with multiple themese of the various principals. Steven Spielberg could do it. I trust that Hollywood will be able to included some appropriate music from some of the more prolific writers of that era like George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Kurt Weill and others. Seabisuit would make a great musical if handled properly; even better than "Damn Yankees." In my opinion, I believe its greatest success would come from a televised serial version of the book, and could include a good many more stories which your exhaustive research has undoubtedly uncovered. These stories have to be told, if only for posterity sake. I am sure tha a program of this caliber put the "Sopranos" on the back burner. The story line has much wider appeal and greater plot range. I also would like to compare notes with you some time on "motion problems" and eye surgery.

Comments by gary eagling on Wednesday, May 09, 2001 at 08:16 IP Logged
Robert Duvall would be an excellent Tom Smith for the movie and he is a horse owner. Sam Shepard or Clint Eastwood for Charles Howard. Am at a loss for the jockeys.

Comments by Howard L. Poertner Jr. on Wednesday, May 09, 2001 at 06:27 IP Logged
Loved the book. My great uncle was Charles S. Howard. By the by, I have an original program from the match race. Please contact if you have any additional information about my family. Thank you. HLP
Beaufort, sc USA

Comments by Dave Tidwell on Wednesday, May 09, 2001 at 06:22 IP Logged
Dear Laura: Thank you for bringing back so many of my fondest memories! My father was a racing fan and so was I. Starting in about the 2nd grade, my father would pick me up from school about noon and we would drive to Santa Anita (and later, Hollywood Park) for the races. He only took me out of school for important races, like when Seabiscuit was running. Fortunately, most of the stakes races were on Saturday. I became addicted to thoroughbred racing, and an amazingly good race prognosticator. I loved Joe Hernandez's wonderful baratone: "There they go!" instead of "They're off!". He was a great story himself. I watched Seabiscuit lose to Rosemont and Stagehand with a broken heart, but when he won in 1940 (I was nine) I actually jumped with joy. I was standing by the rail in the infield a short distance from the finish wire. Your photo on page 316 is identical to the mental image I have carried for 61 years. I would swear that Haas was holding Kayak II back at the wire, but was thrilled that Seabiscuit had won. My father and I went often to both Santa Anita and Hollywood Park until they were closed for World War II. Every evening we would listen to Joe Hernandez call the races on the radio. After the war we seldom went to the tracks. Our lives had changed, but the days of Seabiscuit bring back some of the fondest memories of my lifetime.
Meridian, Idaho USA

Comments by bob striegel on Wednesday, May 09, 2001 at 02:40 IP Logged
wow, what a treat your book is. i just emailed cnbc and nominated SEABISCUIT to be put on their summer recommended reading list. thank you, and happy trails.
biloxi, ms USA

Comments by John Dietz on Wednesday, May 09, 2001 at 02:07 IP Logged
Best book that I have ever read.
Garden City, NY USA

Comments by Debbie Adenan on Wednesday, May 09, 2001 at 00:58 IP Logged
I have greatly enjoyed your book and wanted to thank you for resurrecting a wonderful piece of American history. True stories, when told well, are often more entertaining than fictional ones. The characters in your book are, therefore, all the more enjoyable because they were real. I am happy to hear that the story of Seabiscuit will be made into a film. I remember watching the film The Black Stallion when I was a child and being entranced with the match race of Cyclone and Sunraider. As it was with the Seabiscuit and War Admiral match race, the one in the film was east versus west. Perhaps the filmakers had the Seabiscuit/War Admiral match race in mind when they wrote the script for The Black Stallion? I hope that Universal Pictures does a good job of translating the book and does not make it too "glitzy" and artifical. The fact that this all happened during the Great Depression makes the Seabiscuit story so much more powerful. Beautiful things can happen, even when the chips are down. There are stories like this all throughout American history. They are little gems who have been overshadowed by larger world events. However, it is often the little gems that make life sparkle. Lastly, I really like the website and was wondering about one thing. In your book you claim that you had been able to obtain rare film footage of the match race between War Admiral and Seabiscuit (as well as some other old newsreel footage). It would be GREAT too see the old footage digitized and put onto the web. I am certain that there would be many people who would like to see both horses race once more. Would this be possible?
Washington, DC USA

Comments by Robert T. Buich on Wednesday, May 09, 2001 at 00:43 IP Logged
Hi: I own a small portion of the original Howard Ridgewood Ranch for 20 years now, about 375 acres. It was subdivided by the church that bought the ranch from the Howard estate. I read the book with great interest and facination. I am a native San Franciscan,and a member of St Francis Yacht Club, as was Mr. Howard. I would like to chat more about the ranch. Thanks
Redwood Valley, CA USA

Comments by Eric Leins on Wednesday, May 09, 2001 at 00:02 IP Logged
Ms. Hillenbrand: The most treasured book in my library has always been "Come on Seabiscuit", the first book I ever read, given me by my grandfather over 40 years ago. Your work is a perfect compliment and a very welcome addition. Reading this inspiring story once again, this time from your well-researched perspective, was a welcome reminder that perseverance will be rewarded. Congratulations!
Winter Park, FL USA

Comments by steve fenwick on Tuesday, May 08, 2001 at 08:34 IP Logged
I am a writer and television producer. I would like to discuss a possible new project. Please send me an e-mail address so that I can validate myself and share my ideas. Thanks, Steve Fenwick
Washington, DC USA

Comments by Ralph Steadman on Tuesday, May 08, 2001 at 08:06 IP Logged
Laura, Our interview last night on my radio show was one of the highlights of my years on the radio. I am not sure whether this is the right forum to tell you what an extrodinary person I think you are but, as it turns out, I am left with no alternative. I simply want you to know that you are now part of the lore of the Ralph Steadman show and your book is pretty cool too. I hope that this message finds you well and that we can chat again soon. God's Peace, Ralph Steadman Host, Ralph Steadman Show New Talk 860 KPAM Portland OR.
Portland, OR USA

Comments by John & Jane McNiff on Tuesday, May 08, 2001 at 06:41 IP Logged
We are ardent horse racing enthusiasts and long-standing members of the National Museum of Racing & Hall of Fame here in Saratoga. Last year's big treat was Jane Smiley's wonderful book Horse Heaven and getting to meet her when she had a book signing at the Museum the day before she gave the opening speech at the Hall of Fame inductions. We didn't think something that great would be repeated the very next year- but here we are having just read your wonderful book on Seabiscuit- all the kudos and commercial success are most well-desrved! If your health permits it, it would be a wonderful thing if you were to follow in Jane's footsteps at Saratoga this summer! You have more fans than you can imagine! Our very best wishes for your good health and continued success!
Saratoga Springs, NY USA

Comments by mike brown on Tuesday, May 08, 2001 at 06:18 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I just recieved Seabiscuit for my birthday. I can't wait to read it.I can relate tothis book as I was born and raised in Kentucky and worked on some of the best horse farms such as Three Chimneys,Lanes End and others.I'm sure I will enjoy your book very much. Are you doing any book signing's aroud the Fredericksburg area any time soon? I would love to have you sign my book.
Locust Grovev, VA USA

Comments by Thomas Tolworthy on Tuesday, May 08, 2001 at 05:26 IP Logged
As a boy of 12 years old, living on Staten Island, NY, each morning I went to the local newsstand to obtain the New York Daily News for my Mother. I remember clearly the date 11-02-1938, reading on my way home the story about Seabiscuit winning the greatest horse race in history. Thank you for the wonderful book you have written about this great horse. I am looking forward to the movie. Thomas Tolworthy
Tallahassee, FL United States

Comments by Terry Lilly on Tuesday, May 08, 2001 at 05:22 IP Logged
What was it? I felt currents of emotion going through me within the first five seconds of your interview with Terence Smith...I felt your presence, your passion for an age gone by, your earnest pursuit , your good heart. I am giving the book to my Mother, for Mother's Day, who was twenty in 1938. We both know next to nothing about horse racing, but I remember as our family would all cheer the favorite in any kind of contest, we shared a secret smile and a wink, every time a contestant was introduced as the "underdog". The underdog prayer was always heard. Thank you for your book.
Hollywood, CA USA

Comments by N. Torno on Tuesday, May 08, 2001 at 02:42 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, I am half way through reading your book. I have been enjoying it from an historic perspective. As I read I find myself wishing that the emotion of the day (race day, various events and dilemmas) were a larger part of the scenes being created. I understand that this is difficult to do if you were not present. I wonder if through the emotions of those whom you interviewed that there was not enough information to develop the emotional points in the story further. I want to be present at these extraordinary events. I find that my emotions ignore the fact that I am sixty years too late better than my intellect can. Again, thank you for a glimpse into another time and place.

Comments by Bill Patin on Tuesday, May 08, 2001 at 02:37 IP Logged
Enjoyed the book. Look forward to seeing the movie.
Houston, TX USA

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