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Comments by Michael R. Rambo Jr. on Tuesday, April 22, 2003 at 00:24 IP Logged
I just watched the Seabiscuit special on my local PBS station (WHYY 12 in Philadelphia, PA)and it was awesome to actually see races from Santa Anita Park and Pimlico Race Course (Both owned now by Magna Entertainment Corp.)
Bensalem, PA USA

Comments by Stephanie Cepeda on Tuesday, April 22, 2003 at 00:17 IP Logged
I saw your program and recorded it on tape.I'm 13,and I really love horses.When I first saw a horse race,I was against it.Over time,I got to become fond of the sport.Now I see why many people love the sport.I want to know where can I find a bookstore with your book in stock near Far Rockaway?My zipcode is 11691.Thank you for helping me.
Far Rockaway, N.Y. USA

Comments by brett goucher on Tuesday, April 22, 2003 at 00:06 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I work at an OTB in South Dakota.I have been to the Kentucky Derby and the Breeders Cup.My boss goes to both every year and currently owns a number of racehorses.Your book is one of the finest about racing I have ever read.I want for the movie to be just as big of a success.I have recently seen the first trailer and must say it is awful.It looks like a history lesson on WW2 and the depression rather than a wonderful story of friendship,overcoming obstacles,believing in something,and a great racehorse.The trailer conveys nothing of the spirit of your fabulous story.I hope you will address this problem to the movie's producers and hopefully the new trailer will show us the beauty of your book.You need to make the public want to see the movie before thet will see it. Sincerely BRETT GOUCHER
sioux falls, sd USA

Comments by Catherine on Monday, April 21, 2003 at 08:12 IP Logged
I enjoyed your book so very much! I've loved horses ever since I saw my first one at 5 yr. Your book inspired me to not give up on my dreams. I've had CFS, quite severe, for 13 yrs. and am amazed at this accomplishment. I congratulate you for your efforts and having a best seller! Can't wait for the movie! :-) God Bless & Be Well, Love, Catherine [if you want to talk therapies or anything feel free to contact me]
Grants Pass, OR USA

Comments by Linda on Monday, April 21, 2003 at 06:27 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand: I'm grateful for the opportunity to tell you how much I loved your book. I picked up the book because I was a horse crazy child. _Seabuscuit_ was absolutely rivteting, as both narrative and history. Woman, you can WRITE. Since I am a librarian with an academic background in history, I can say with confidence, Woman, you can RESEARCH. You brought vividly to life the world of the track, particularly the difficult life of the jockey. I can only imagine the sheer glee you must have felt when you uncovered the story of the moving mountain of manure. I found out that you wrote this wonderful book despite struggling with CFS. Wow. Be well. I am so looking forward to seeing the PBS special tonight, as well as the movie this summer.
Columbia, MD USA

Comments by J. L. Morgan on Monday, April 21, 2003 at 05:00 IP Logged
I was transported to the track each time you described a race. It was like being in the irons myself. You have a brilliant gift for immediancy in your writing, also, for creating empathy with your subject. I was especially interested in Tom Smith. What a trainer!! What a book!! Congratulations on the completion of this huge project, expecially in the face of fatigue syndrome. It must have seemed impossible at times.
Shreveport, LA USA

Comments by paul ranallo on Monday, April 21, 2003 at 03:25 IP Logged
Laura, I watched PBS tonight and enjoyed the Great Seabiscuit Story. I am purchasing your book tomorrow. My late father was Phil Ranallo, a horse Racing Journalist that won the Eclipse Award in 1973. I have quite a few articles about Seabiscuit and other Champions of that era, (from my father). Keep up the Great Work!!! Sincerely, Paul Ranallo
buffalo, ny USA

Comments by Paul Pasqualini on Monday, April 21, 2003 at 03:09 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand: Over the past year my interest in Thoroughbred racing has gone from mere interest to wild fanaticism. Your book of The Seabiscuit Story gives racing fans the insight to these marvelous animals and their sport. You detail the horses and their personalities in such a way that you can not help but appreciate their desire to win. Just last week when I read that Empire Maker, according to Jerry Bailey, had temporarily lost focus and started gawking at the Aqueduct crowd during the homestretch of his Wood Memorial victory, I thought of you and Seabiscuit. I am looking forward to the movie this summer. My only problem is that I was so moved by Seabiscuit's story I got teary eyed several times. That's cool in the privacy of my home reading a book, it won't be real cool in a public theatre! It is amazing how a horse from the late 1930's can touch our hearts today. Thank you for reminding a new generation about this horse and the unusual mix of people around him. And thank you for being a part of the resurgence in The Sport of Kings. Now, if we can only get another Triple Crown Winner...
Harrisburg, PA USA

Comments by Jonathan Cohen on Monday, April 21, 2003 at 03:03 IP Logged
LAURA: HI! Just wanted to let you know that I just watched the very fine PBS special on The Biscuit. As great as it was to see film of his races- in color yet!- it was even more inspiring to see you speak so well and warmly about the horse and his people. Oh, what I'd give to meet you and have you sign my copy. With Triple Crown season around the corner, I plan to re-read the book, as I will do every year at this time. Also, I plan to break a long, long movie-theater exile to see the movie this summer, as the condition I live with has made me incredibly sensitive to most movie-TV content. I dug up a story by a columnist from Seattle who said it will be the biggest sports-related hit since "Rocky". That's good enough for me. Again, thank you, dear Laura, for not only bringing this incredible story to the world but being as inspiring a person as Seabiscuit was a race horse. G-d bless you always.
Brookline, MA USA

Comments by Jerry Hartweg on Monday, April 21, 2003 at 02:28 IP Logged
What a marvelous writer you are, Ms Hillenbrand. The only problem was that I found myself reading faster and faster skipping over words. So I had to slow down and reread what I had simply pushed myself through. The book was given to me as a Christmas present by my twin sister, Joyce, and her husband, Jed. I thought, well, it might be interesting, but I didn't begin to read it seriously until mid-March. When I got started, I couldn't put it down. I thank Joyce and Jed for giving it to me, and I thank you for writing it. I finished the book one day before the PBS documentary. The documentary was visually quite interesting, but it lacked the gripping power your book had over me. I look forward to reading your other books.
Ann Arbor, MI USA

Comments by Ralph Donabed on Monday, April 21, 2003 at 02:27 IP Logged
Placed in the context of "The American Experience" your book highlights the courage embodied in the American character; our strength of mind...our will to endure are reflected in the'Biscuit and Red Pollard and do us proud. Your strength and will in writing the book under the conditions you endured serve to underline the point. Thumbs up Laura!
Boston, MA USA

Comments by Richard Elms on Monday, April 21, 2003 at 02:12 IP Logged
Fabulous horse... fabulous story.
Houston, tx USA

Comments by Randy Armstrong on Monday, April 21, 2003 at 02:07 IP Logged
Laura: I love you! Call me! I want to make you biscuits on Sunday morning. 615/506-0121 Randy
Nashville, TN USA

Comments by Dwayne Pierce on Monday, April 21, 2003 at 01:56 IP Logged
Laura; Class of 85' alumni..... First let me say "what a great American story.!!" The book is remarkable to say the least. It's the kind of story the captures your heart and won't let go. Seabiscuit did for horse racing what Michael Jordan did for basketball. People who never watched or cared about horse racing before; hung on every stride of Seabiscuit.! Keep telling the story..!! God Bless. Dwayne Pierce
Washington, DC USA

Comments by Megan Hamilton on Monday, April 21, 2003 at 00:58 IP Logged
I would very much appreciate Ms. Hillenbrand, or her representative contacting me about a potential event with our non-profit here in Baltimore. Thanks so much!
Baltimore, MD USA

Comments by Barry Waldman on Sunday, April 20, 2003 at 03:29 IP Logged
Laura, Thank you for your wonderful account of a special horse and the long forgotten people who made this story possible. It is truly one of the most engrossing books I have been privileged to read.
bayside, ny USA

Comments by sierra on Sunday, April 20, 2003 at 03:04 IP Logged
laura.i loved your book,i never thought it would be so good...i read it after being an extra in the movie out here in hemet was so much fun.the horses were great,and everyone who played in the movie was so nice...exspecially toby mcguire.hes a cutey!!:P
hemet , CA USA

Comments by Nancy Hegele on Sunday, April 20, 2003 at 02:49 IP Logged
Dear Laura, When your wonderful book came out I was a part time bookseller @ Barnes and Noble. I suggested Seabiscuit to everyone even those with no interest in horses or racing. I knew even they would be touched, enchanted, changed by reading your work. Seabiscuit was an amazing animal and all those whose lives revolved around his were too. Your attention to the small details of each person as well as Seabiscuit are what personalized the story for all who read it. Its not a book about a horse. Its a book about taking chances, reaching out, thoughtfulness, lonliness, thouroughness, going the extra mile, faith, heart. Seabiscuit was no ordinary horse. Those who recognized that and indulged him were as special as he was. You above all. Your effort and stamina in developing the book in spite of your personal struggle, your tenderness with the characters, and amazing attention to detail are so appreciated. I hope you are happy. I hope you are as pleased with the book as your readers are. I hope only good things come your way. You must be a dear person to write so beautifully. Thank you so much. If you are ever in the Denver area call me. We can have hamburgers, hang out, watch the dogs and kids play, visit on the deck. Take care, Nancy
Highlands Ranch, co USA

Comments by Di DeLia on Sunday, April 20, 2003 at 01:52 IP Logged
Recently read Seabiscuit. It's a great book and I think I will eventually read it a second time to really get the full impact of your detail events. Growing up my father was a follower of the horse races, actually he once told me he visited every track in the US. He mentioned quite a few of the horses in Seabiscuit's career. Just wanted to let you know you did a great job on the story.
Milton, MA USA

Comments by Karen Hall on Sunday, April 20, 2003 at 01:35 IP Logged
I just completed the reading of Seabiscuit and ofcourse loved it. However, did I manage to miss in your book, the orgin of the name Seabiscuit? I thoroughly enjoyed all the history, detailed emotions of the main players in this amazing story. Thank you for the details of both man and beast.
Newport Beach, ca USA

Comments by bill on Saturday, April 19, 2003 at 01:30 IP Logged
Ms. Hillenbrand: Grew up in Saratoga, and have patted Seabiscuit's neck many times before entering the Hall of Fame, one of the places I never tire of visiting. You've written one of the most memorable books I've ever read. I was deeply moved by the story. Perhaps you will find time to attend the Saratoga meeting in August.I never miss it, especially the Travers. I eagerly await the PBS special and the movie. Great job, Laura.
elkridge, MD USA

Comments by Gary Leonard on Saturday, April 19, 2003 at 00:44 IP Logged
Isn't it amazing that as soon as people tell you how much they love Your book,they start talking about themselves. Does everyone really think their lives are that interesting? What happened to humble?
winter haven, fl USA

Comments by gigi on Friday, April 18, 2003 at 08:05 IP Logged
can someone tell me when Sea Bisquit will air on PBS? Thank so much!!!
jax, fl USA

Comments by Laura Hillenbrand on Friday, April 18, 2003 at 07:38 IP Logged
FROM THE AUTHOR: On Monday, April 21 at 9PM EST, the "American Experience" documentary on Seabiscuit will debut on PBS. Featuring extensive newsreel and home movie footage as well as myriad photographs and interviews with those associated with the horse, it is getting rave reviews across the country. Watch it!

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