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Comments by Susan J. Duffy on Tuesday, May 08, 2001 at 02:12 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand: I am a horse lover, though I have only taken riding lessons, and, oddly enough, I have never been a huge horseracing fan. I am an avid reader, although I don't know why I decided I had to read your book. I have just finished "Seabiscuit." What a remarkable horse, what remarkable people, what remarkable relationships, and WHAT A REMARKABLE BOOK! I have bitten my nails under the strain, whooped with excitement at their wins, and cried in frustration and sadness. Yours is one of the best books I have read in a very long time - fiction and non-. Thank you for persevering.
Mooresville, IN USA

Comments by Joan McGinley on Tuesday, May 08, 2001 at 01:49 IP Logged
Dear Ms Hillenbrand, What a marvelous book you have written. Congratulations on its success. I have an interesting and cherished souvenir of Seabiscuit given to my grandmother by C. S. Howard. I'd be happy to share its story with you if you'd like. Best regards, and good luck on your next venture. Joan McGinley,
Jacksonville Beach, FL USA

Comments by Denny Fallon on Tuesday, May 08, 2001 at 01:27 IP Logged
Hi Laura & Greetings from Sunny San Diego As a rookie sportswriter off the campus of San Diego State University in 1973, one of my duties at the now defunct Blade-Tribune (Oceanside, CA) was to take the picks for the Del Mar Race Track by telephone from legendary southern California handicapper Ernie Mason. He would growl his selections to me in between cigar puffs, at 5:30 in the freakin' morning. Much to Ernie's distress, I would constantly interrupt his his machine gun delivery with stupid comments. Ernie: "Mary Anna in the second to win, to place I've got..." Denny: "Mary Anna? Jesus, my eighth grade nun was Sister Mary Anna. She hated sports. That's a poor pick." Ernie: "Can it. To place, I've got Lovely Loretta and to show..." Denny: "Lovely Loretta? Now that's a winner. There'a a cocktail waitress at the Beachcomber Bar & Grill by that name and she's a stone cold fox." Ernie: "Enough!" Eventually, Ernie discovered he almost liked me. One morning he asked me if I wanted to join him and his wife Louise, who as "Lucky Louise" sold her tout sheet at the track, for opening day at Del Mar. "Thanks, Ernie, but I like to play tennis or swim in the ocean in the afternoon," I joked. "Be at the Solana Gate at noon," Ernie snapped. Opening Day at Del Mar has been a tradition for me ever since, as are frequent excursions to Santa Anita in Los Angeles and to Golden Gate Fields when I visit my family up in the San Francisco Bay Area. Sister Mary Anna just wouldn't understand. Thanks for the splendid book. It's a real treasure. May I send my copy for you to sign? Just e-mail me your mailing address and I'll send it along in a postage-paid return envelope. Hope you're at full gallop real soon. Your readers are anxious for your next project. Cheers, Denny Fallon Pacific Beach Cheers
San Diego, CA USA

Comments by Catherine on Tuesday, May 08, 2001 at 01:10 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, I have just read interview article in US Weekly mag. I am a writer doing research on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and feel that since you were sick after getting food poisoning you could have parasites (20% of parasites don't show up in conventional testing). Quotes from web sites: “It has been our clinical experience that parasite infestation is extremely high in the United States. It can be from one, or many, things either from traveling in another country or even from the food we eat here at home, but once you have them a person can go for years completely asymptomatic. Or there can be cyclic diarrhea, which can eventually lead to a malabsorption syndrome. “One of the indicators of long term infestation is that the patient appears to have non specific transient symptoms in almost every system of the body which seem to come and go often with each reoccurrence being worse then the time before. A profile that can be very confusing as well as frustrating to the doctor as well as the patient. The symptoms can come and go changing in symptomatic presentation, and most of the patients seen come to us with a diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or Fibromyalgia. “Even with the lab tests that are used for parasitic infestation, more often then not, they give a false negative profile due to the cyclic stages that the parasite goes through. It is usually due to luck when and infestation is found, and the conventional method of treatment by the medical community is with antibiotics, which will give symptomatic relief at best. “It has been found that homeopathic remedies in conjuction with a sulfur bearing amino acid is extremely useful in treating the parasitic infestation of the intestine, both large body parasites and amoebas. Parasites don’t like sulfur; it’s that simple.

Comments by "Tom Smith" on Tuesday, May 08, 2001 at 00:49 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I read that promoting your book is causing a relapse in your CFS. Remember to take as much time as you need to curl up in the hay and get the rest you need. The Biscuit would understand! From a fellow CFSer.
Madison, WI USA

Comments by Carol Schriner on Tuesday, May 08, 2001 at 00:16 IP Logged
Fabulous! I too read stories of Seabicuit as a girl and fell in love with him.. Now I have an adult horsie fix! I haven't been reading much in the past 3 months as I was in a serious accident and this is the first book that I've been able to concentrate on. In a way ,it marks my comeback as a reader(next to horses, my favorite thing). KUDOS and THANK YOU.
Keizer, or USA

Comments by Susan Chadwick on Tuesday, May 08, 2001 at 00:16 IP Logged
Like all the others,I was totally captivated by the story of Seabiscuit. Not just because he was an underdog but because of the relationships you described between the horse and the three men and because of his wonderful heart and love of racing. Your desciptions of the races were so exciting that sometimes I had to put the book down for a minute before continuing - I felt as if I was part of the race. Your love of horses and people came through loud and clear. Thank you, thank you.
Oakland, CA USA

Comments by Garry O'Day on Tuesday, May 08, 2001 at 00:03 IP Logged
I have been a fan of Sea Biscuit for many years now. I cannot wait to see your book released in Australia. A great story that should be released as a Movie.
Cairns, Qld Australia

Comments by Carole Lange Esley on Monday, May 07, 2001 at 09:30 IP Logged
After thoroughly enjoying your interview on the PBS Friday, I knew I had to read the book. It is a "keeper" ~ beautifully written and what a great story of heart, valor, sensitivity, humor and wisdom. "Seabiscuit" will always have a place on my shelves and in my heart! Thank you for a superb book about a true warrior in the mythic sense of the word.
Camden, me USA

Comments by Jock Reese on Monday, May 07, 2001 at 06:59 IP Logged
Laura...Wonderful book. It's not about a horse, as you well know, but rather about anyone who has faced tough times and perservered which is an awful lot of us. You write majestically. I felt I was on the 'Biscuit against War Admiral so well did you describe the race. Your book deserves to be #1. Congratulations.
Holiday, , Fl USA

Comments by Ellen Shear on Monday, May 07, 2001 at 05:17 IP Logged
Dear Laura,I have just begun your book and am very eager to continue, especially after reading all the comments in the guestbook and hearing you on PBS and NbC news feature. Seabiscuit has a special meaning to me in a different way. I grew up in Milwaukee, Wis.. My father was an engineer for A.O. Smith Corporation.This was the year 1940 when I was only 6 years old. My father made a business trip to California during the summer, a major event in itself. when he returned he said he had brought a special little gift for me. It was a delightful figurine of a horse! I imediately exclaimed," Oh that's SEABISCUIT!" My father was more than a little astonished that his little six year old would know about race horses.... but while he was gone my sister and I had been to the movies and had undoubtedly seen a short feature or segment of a newsreel about the horse and he captured my love then. He has remained unscathed, unnicked on my nic-nac shelf for over sixty years now, a precious reminder of my father and of a great horse. The moment I saw the reviews of the book appearing, I knew I had to have the book and I reminded my whole family of the incident.I look forward to continue my reading of the book with great anticipation .The comments of Stephen Ambrose on the book jacket are well deserved praise, coming from him. I have read several of his books already too. Best wishes in your future endeavors!. Thank you!
Menomonee Falls, WI USA

Comments by J cuddy on Monday, May 07, 2001 at 05:09 IP Logged
Ms. Hillenbrand This novel was special, I was once a groom at Belmont racetrack and can say all of your accounts are very authentic.
syosset, ny USA

Comments by G. Brian Houser on Monday, May 07, 2001 at 04:46 IP Logged
Ms. Laura Hillenbrand, I have been in the racing industry for over 30 years. I have an interesting story that involves the "Sport of Kings". It is about the Lebon/Cinzano race-fixing case. The story will make a great book. Please contact by fax if interested in hearing the story.
West Hempstead, NY USA

Comments by Paul Meyer on Monday, May 07, 2001 at 03:33 IP Logged
Truly a classic..If there were a trainer like Tom Smith around today,I'd be back in the business..BTW.I had never heard the name of Hillenbrand before a few weeks ago..Now there are three of them touching my life.Laura,Patti who works for Dr. King in Melbourne, Florida (My wife's surgeon) and the rookie third baseman for the Boston Red Sox..(A future star) Evidently talent runs in the family name...
Palm Bay, Fl USA

Comments by Suneet Ashburn on Monday, May 07, 2001 at 03:19 IP Logged
Laura: Just finished the book on the plane home from the Derby this afternoon. Interestingly enough, the guy in the row in front of me was reading his copy of the book! You will lose some money though as my copy is going to be passed on to several friends who are lining up to read it! Great read!

Comments by David M. Ross on Monday, May 07, 2001 at 01:55 IP Logged
Dear Laura; Thank you for the wonderful story of Seabiscuit. His development into a champion and icon during the tumultuous days of the 1930's was inspiring, as was the insight into the life and times of the racing industry during that period. One question- why didn't Seabiscuit ever run in the Kentucky Derby and then try for the Triple Crown? This would seem to fit with Mr. Howard's desire for fame and publicity. Would appreciate your thoughts. Thank you, David Ross
West Palm Beach, Fl USA

Comments by Sewell Wilson on Monday, May 07, 2001 at 01:25 IP Logged
Dear Laura: I have thourghly enjoyed your story of Seabiscuit. Its insight into the world of racing and his development into a great champion and icon of the 1930's was truly inspiring. I have one question. Why didn't Seabiscuit run in the Kentucky Derby and then chase the triple crown. This would seem to fit Charles Howard's desire for fame and publicity. I would very much appreciatehearing from you. Thank you. Sewell Wilson
West Palm Beach, FL USA

Comments by Tena Bunnell on Monday, May 07, 2001 at 00:11 IP Logged
Dear Laura, Magnificent, glorious, poignant, and so profound that I can't do your book justice when I try to describe it to others. Three different men came up to me in the airport last week and felt compelled to say something about your book, which I had with me. I am grateful for, not only, "the Biscuit" but for you because you gave him to me. How I envy your ability to write so beautifully. With deep admiration, Tena Bunnell, Cincinnati, OH
Cincinnati, OH USA

Comments by Karen Keeshan-Suarez on Monday, May 07, 2001 at 00:07 IP Logged
Hi Laura, Being a life time horse lover, and long time race tracker, I especially loved your book. Working for CW the last part of my exsersizing carrier I feel like I experienced a piece of great history. Now I sell racing silks and feel very privileged to make the colors of historic stables. By the way have you commissioned any one to make the silks for the movie? I don't have the time to read much, and it takes a well written book to keep me interested. I was captivated. I know it will make a great movie. Don't let the "biz" make it cheesie! Best of luck....Karen
Monrovia, CA USA

Comments by John Kelso on Sunday, May 06, 2001 at 09:21 IP Logged
Shakespeare wouldn't have you change a word. Do you know Biscuit's shoe size? John Kelso, Farrier
Santa Monica, CA USA

Comments by Marie Elena Theodore on Sunday, May 06, 2001 at 09:13 IP Logged
I loved reading your book. It was very emotional, sensitive, and most of all I thoroughly enjoyed seeing how well Seabiscuit was treated. My husband and I are small owners/breeders and I am constantly worried about their welfare. I can't wait to see how the movie turns out and I hope that it is done in a realistic way that shows the true beauty and pageantry of the thoroughbred.
Hollywood, FL USA

Comments by Billie Rodrigue on Sunday, May 06, 2001 at 08:25 IP Logged
Dear Laura, After reading your book,"the biscuit" will be in my heart forever. It took me quite a while to read because I didn't want to finish. I kept re-reading sections and cried when I made myself read the last chapter. Finishing a great story makes you feel like you're saying goodby to your best friend. Please consider writing your next book on the life of Secretariat, probably the second greatest horse of the last century. Thank you for your unveiling of Seabiscuit. I'm looking forward to the film. I just hope Hollywood does it justice.
Austin, TX USA

Comments by Janice Aitken on Sunday, May 06, 2001 at 07:40 IP Logged
Great book on Seabiscuit and the Thoroughbred racing scene. Last horse book per se I read was Black Beauty! I'm not much of a rider but I have had horses of my own and I never had a bit of trouble with any of them, under saddle or in harness. They have always had a particular charm for me; something about their willingness, their kindness, and their impressive size. All that power and beauty that allows itself to be controlled by a mere human ... I suppose it's needless to note that I, unskilled as I was in handling horses when I first got them, never had a bit of trouble with them. No kicks, no bites, no meaness. I think they understood that, despite any awkwardness I might have in saddling, bridling, or harnessing, I meant them no harm. I think they are more intelligent that some people, including some alleged expert horse owners, give them credit for. My horses would stand beside me while I pinned flapping clothes to the line, came when I called them, and always did their best to do what I wanted, even when I wasn't all that sure how to go about it! Your book was wonderful. It's a keeper.
So Royalton, Vt USA

Comments by J.B.Poersch on Sunday, May 06, 2001 at 06:36 IP Logged
Dear Laura, Its pretty exciting to read how many people are enjoying your book. Just when it seems horseracing has lost all alure in in this country, your book brings back some of the glory. I think racing has always made for great copy. One of your references, William Nack, wrote a pretty fine book many years ago on Secretariat (as well as one of the best sports articles I've ever read on that horse's death.) And you can see other signs of hope for the sport lately -- ESPN classic ran a great set of bios derby week; and the Derby itself did not disappoint. Here's to hoping your great book leads a resurgence for a sport that still has many dramatic tales to tell. Thanks again. PS: I hope you would consider including Seabiscuit's lifetime race statistics as an appendix to any reprint or paperback version. Thanks.
Alexandria, VA USA

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