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Comments by Norma Masters on Friday, April 06, 2001 at 06:00 IP Logged
Dear Laura, Hi! I saw you on Nightly News with Tom Brokaw, I tuned in late and wasn't sure what the interview was about, but listened and heard that you suffer from chronic fatiuge syndrome and vertigo, is what it said. I have suffered from both for many years also, the vertigo though, I happened to have made better by a simple change in my sleeping pattern, ( I know that will sound strange, but it will cost you nothing to try!) I thought that I might try telling you about it to see if you discover relief also. Mine has been diagnosed as Meniers disease, which is a disease of the inner ear, I had to figure out what ear it was that had the problem, mine is the right ear, I stopped sleeping on that side to see if I could take the pressure off of the ear, I only sleep now on my left side or on my back with my face towards the left side. The difference has been that of night and day! It took about 3 days to see a difference and to be able to walk again without vertigo is incredible! I now am back to driving which I couldn't do before, I would like to encourage you to just try it, if it doesn't work, atleast you tried! If this does work for you please let me know! I'd like to see if this helps another person with the problem! I'm sorry but I didn't read your book but it sounds incredible, and reminds me of my stepfathers days in the 30's and the stories he'd tell me of then. Thanks for listening. Sincerely, Norma Masters
Lombard, IL USA

Comments by Bill Stark on Friday, April 06, 2001 at 05:59 IP Logged
Dear Laura: Seabiscuit is best book I've read in years. I read an advanced pre-proofed copy and have just purchased the hardback version. I choke up everytime I start telling everyone I know about your book. You're a wonderful writer and look forward to reading your next work. Thanks so much and take care. Bill Stark Windsor, CO
Windsor, CO USA

Comments by Suzie Kirvinskee on Friday, April 06, 2001 at 05:37 IP Logged
Laura, I learned about your book last night on NBC news. I've loved & owned horses most of my life & am anxious to read it. It is a great accomplishment for you considering your handicap. You're very brave for tackling such an enormous project. Congratulations! Without a doubt it'll cross the "finish line" & be in the "winner's circle"!
Jackson, WY USA

Comments by Irene Romano on Friday, April 06, 2001 at 05:10 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I have had CFS for over 4yrs. Unfortunately, i do not have your abilities to write, for i too have a story to tell. I was very impressed with your courage, perserverance, and fortitude. Last night was the first i heard of your accomplishments. In case you are not aware, there is new research coming out of Belgium, and will be published this year. This news came from the conference that was held in Seattle in January. There is even a test for the disease! I am sure you will receive a million emails concerning this, but i keep very informed of the lastest information. If you ever have the time or energy to email back will be happy to hear from you. God Bless! Irene
Warwick, RI USA

Comments by Evelyn Klees Bryeans on Friday, April 06, 2001 at 03:56 IP Logged
Ms. Hillenbrand: I am looking forward to reading your book about Seabiscuit. He has a special place in our family history, as my grandfather, Fred. J. E. Klees, named Seabiscuit while serving as Registrar for the Jockey Club in New York City. I have a copy of a newspaper article explaining how he arrived at that name. Your book is a fitting tribute to a great horse. Thank you!
Fullerton, CA USA

Comments by Julie Quinlivan on Friday, April 06, 2001 at 03:55 IP Logged
Laura: I just finished your wonderful book. Loved every word, and I'm sorry it's over...
Arlington, VA USA

Comments by Emily Wilmot on Friday, April 06, 2001 at 03:42 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, When my best friend gave me your book as a birthday gift last night, I was skeptical as to how it would stack up to Bill Nack's Secretariat or Jane (what's her last name?!)'s Ruffian. I began reading it last night, stayed up until 2:00 A.M., picked it up this morning, and finished it about an hour ago. It was enthralling! Tomorrow, I'm taking it to my grandfather so he can read it. He visited Seabiscuit either during the 1939 "retirement" or after the 1940 Big 'Cap, and signed Seabiscuit's guestbook. Even though I knew the outcomes of some of the stories (the match, George Woolf, etc.), it was amazing to read your account of it. What's even more incredible is that you never knew any of the people or the superb animal that made up the story...you crafted your novel so well that it seemed impossible that you hadn't witnessed any of the events. Thank you again for writing such a wonderful book! Your story should help get some big crowds, like the old days, out at the track again! ~Emily Wilmot
Seattle, WA USA

Comments by Mark Evinger on Friday, April 06, 2001 at 03:32 IP Logged
I laughed, I cried, I cheered, I snapped my fingers as I followed the horses around the track. You have done a superb job in capturing the drama that surrounds the life of horse and owner, trainer and jockey, hot-walker and groom. Thank you for giving this generation the story of Seabiscuit.
Rochester, MN USA

Comments by Mark Drummond on Friday, April 06, 2001 at 02:58 IP Logged
I just started reading the book and can tell it is a great one. Although I am currently the Chancellor of the world's largest community college district I have owned horses and mules all of my life. I compete still in rodeo and will be at Bishop Mule Days to compete in May. I relate to this story especially because I remember Seabiscuit as a child and always loved the horse though I did not know the nuances of the trainer and owner. I write "cowboy poetry" and have lots of it about training horses and mules. Would be glad to share it. Thanks for your big contribution. Mark Drummond
Los Angeles, CA USA

Comments by Russell Daley on Friday, April 06, 2001 at 01:31 IP Logged
Congratulations on a great book! I just finished it, taking my time over a couple of weeks and feel it is the best book written about thoroghbred racing in America.Its a book that was really waiting to be written. You captured the time, the characters and especially the drama of the big races in great style.I worked in the horse business myself for years when I was younger so I appreciate what you have done to dignify a sport that is often seen as only existing for gambling.Hopefully the film will live up to your book and not be another sentimental National Velvet story because the truth is much more interesting even to people who have no interest in horse racing. Once again I wish you much success with this book it truly deserves it and if the film is half as good as the book it will be the film that has been waiting to be made about a great story.
NY, NY USA

Comments by Walter Klees on Friday, April 06, 2001 at 01:23 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, I just learned of your book last night on the NBC Nightly News. I plan to buy the book and read it very soon. My grandfather Frederick Klees was registrar of the American Stud Book kept by the Jockey Club during Seabiscuit's time, and it was my grandfather who suggested the name Seabiscuit! I do look forward to reading the book, and thank you for reviving fond memories of a great racehorse!
Fresno, CA USA

Comments by Celia Wolf on Friday, April 06, 2001 at 01:18 IP Logged
Laura: Just finished reading SEABISCUIT. Wow!!! I was moved to tears. Wonderful story about perseverance, dedication, commitment and heart. I loved all the characters, including Seabiscuit. While I grew up in Arlington Heights, IL., I was forbidden to go the "track" as a young girl. Sorry I didn't defy my family as I would have benefited from observing the myriad aspects of "the life". Thanks for bringing it all home to me and for writing such an inspiring and heart-warming story. I loved every minute of the suspense and the drama. My interest in horseracing is renewed. Best regards, Celia Wolf Newton, MA.
Newton, MA USA

Comments by Jeanne Hendricks on Friday, April 06, 2001 at 01:07 IP Logged
Laura: Didn't know of any other way to communicate my question regarding your health problems. Have you been tested for Lyme Disease? Interesting Book. Jeanne Hendricks
fallbrook, CA USA

Comments by Peggy on Friday, April 06, 2001 at 00:05 IP Logged
Hi Laura, I totally understand "overcoming the odds". I'm 42 and I have rheumatoid arthritis and just two years ago I could hardly dress myself. Just when I had given up my sister, Connie asked me to try something else. I'm so glad I did, it turned my life around just like Terry Nolen of Olive Branch, MS within weeks, Terry’s energy level rose and her vertigo disappeared. I love success stories. I also believe things happen for a reason. Maybe your next book can be about recovery.
OK USA

Comments by Susan Sebesta-Vaughan on Thursday, April 05, 2001 at 09:56 IP Logged
Laura: I just watched the special on TV - quite by accident - heard something about horses, Cfids, and vertigo and ran to the TV. Thought they were talking about me!!!!! I had heard about your book on the Dressage Bulletin Board (great raves) and was planning on buying the book. Then, to hear that you have Cfids and have dizziness problems - I had to write. I am in my fifth year with Cfids - also have dizziness problems - and I have only kept my sanity because of my horse and my dog. I know you are busy, but if you have the chance to email me privately - I would like to know about your treatment options in regards to the dizziness, etc - as you are about the only other Cfids'er I have know also with dizziness/vertigo issues. Kindly, Susan
Houston, TX USA

Comments by Nancy on Thursday, April 05, 2001 at 09:44 IP Logged
Dear Laura, GOD BLESS YOU and SEABISCUIT. I love the book - I am on page 79 (I can only read 9 or 10 pages at a time), and I am entering my *silver* anniversary battling CFS next month. You have been a great help, you and Seabiscuit, to keeping hope in my heart. I know what how much this must have taken out of you. I know how much it takes out of me just to read about Seabiscuit, but you could not have picked a better topic for me. Horses have been my lifelong love, and horse racing a rite of spring. Thank you so very, very much.
Madison, WI USA

Comments by Lara Beaudoin on Thursday, April 05, 2001 at 09:04 IP Logged
Laura - I have just hear your story on Dateline and am actually writing about your vertigo. I too suffered for a while with the same problem and went to many specialists who could not determine why I was suffering. However, one doctor did find a very simple cure that all other doctors could not. What I had was a simple hormonal imbalance which was easily resolved with medication. I was wondering if you had tried the route yet? Best wishes! Lara
Colchester, CT USA

Comments by Louis "Sam" F. Hildebrandt, Jr. on Thursday, April 05, 2001 at 09:03 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand I saw a program on NBC re: your new book. My dad, Lou Hildebrandt, Sr., was a jockey in the 30's & 40's for a small thoroughbred farm in Amsterdam, NY (Sandford Stud Farms). At one time, he held the track record at Monmouth Park aboard his "best friend" Round View. Dad is still alive today at a "young 83". He took me to the movies, I believe in the early 50's, to see the original "Seabiscuit". I would not typify Dad as a sentimental person, but after the movie, for the first of only two times in my life, I saw my father cry. I cried with him. The story of Seabiscuit has stayed with both of us for these nearly 50 years. To make a long story short, I bought the book for my Dad as a gift for his 84th birthday on August 7. I am curious: we are located only 15 miles from Saratoga, where Dad raced often. Is there any chance that you will be in the area for the 2001 Sartoga meet? If so, would it be possible to get your autograph in the book? I know he would be thrilled, as would I. Thank you for your time. Good luck with the book, though wou definitely won't need it! L.F. "Sam"" Hildebrandt, Jr. By the way, the other time I saw him cry was at my mother's funeral.
Glens Falls, NY USA

Comments by Claire Baker on Thursday, April 05, 2001 at 08:20 IP Logged
Dear Laura, Thank you for giving that horse with such a big heart, a voice. I thought my own heart would burst while reading your book. Would that we all could live with such courage!
Glendale, CA USA

Comments by n nalence on Thursday, April 05, 2001 at 04:22 IP Logged
Ohmigod! Seabiscuit's hoof an ashtray!! Please say it ain't so...
Houston, TX USA

Comments by Robert Leslie on Thursday, April 05, 2001 at 03:49 IP Logged
I wrote to you many months ago and told you how great the Talk article was. At that time when I tried to order your book I had no luck. Tonight when you were on the NBC news I was so happy for you. It must be over whelming for you to see the reaction from everyone. God bless you.
Exeter, ca USA

Comments by Ron Watkins on Thursday, April 05, 2001 at 03:22 IP Logged
Laura, I was at work tonite and I herd the call of the Seabiscuit race suddenley electricity shot thru my body as Seabiscuit is my all time hero. I had read the Book Come On Seabiscuit as a little boy and it has forever changed my life. I stood and cried as I saw your special, but I missed most of it. I rushed to buy your book. You will have to share Seabiscuit in my heart also. As I ride my horses I always dream of Seabiscuit and wish That I had the chance to meet him, But I do stop and say a prayer for him at his statue at Santa Anita. Your new friend Ron
Thousand Oaks, Ca USA

Comments by Jeni Lewis on Thursday, April 05, 2001 at 03:13 IP Logged
I haven't read a horse book since I was a kid. Walter Farley's "Black Stallion" series was at the top of the list ... but those horses were fictional, and Seabiscuit is real. I read "Seabiscuit" on my daily train commute to Boston. It took me a little longer than I usually take, because I kept re-reading this particularly well-crafted sentence or savoring that beautifully wrought paragraph. I hope the people to whom you and your publisher have entrusted the making of the movie are faithful to the spirit of this masterpiece. "The Black Stallion" movie wasn't exactly like the book on which it was based, but Coppola's people got the spirit right, and I hope the same will be true for "Seabiscuit." Thank you for this great book!
Lisbon, NH USA

Comments by Roger Hirsch on Thursday, April 05, 2001 at 03:08 IP Logged
I bought the book yesterday between flights at O'Hare on a whim. I am a little over half-way through and ready to proclaim it simply the best piece of writing and research I have ever read. What a gift you have! I hope the movie lives up to it. I saw the piece on NBC tonight and left shaking my head all the more over your accomplishment.
Lincoln, NE USA

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