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Comments by Charles Grahn on Wednesday, April 11, 2001 at 00:17 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand: Well done! I read two chapters and realized there was one person I knew who might enjoy the book more than I; my Dad, (80 years old). So, without finishing the book,I passed it along to him. He read it and returned it two days later, exclaiming. I finished the book last week, while on vacation. Dad and I are in law practice together. Our lunch discussions the last few days have been exclusively "Seabiscuit". Is there any doubt Tom Smith sabotaged that starting bell? Thanks for a fine book.
Indianapolis, IN USA

Comments by Gail Kansky, President, Nationa on Wednesday, April 11, 2001 at 00:03 IP Logged
It took awhile for me to buy your book. It was sold out in the first two bookstores! But the wait was well worth it. The story was moving and so well written. Both Seabisket and the author overcame such odds! You've become a role model with so many with this trivial sounding but debilitating illness. Please get in touch for some information for you (no, no snake salesmen!) and consider signing the petition on chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis at http://www.petitiononline.com/MEitis/petition.html Gail
Needham, MA USA

Comments by Brad Worrall on Tuesday, April 10, 2001 at 07:23 IP Logged
Laura - you have come a long way from the girl I knew one summer in the '80s (@ the Potomac Horse Center) hanging out at the track. Congratulations. My wife (a non-horse person) thoroughly enjoyed your book staying up all night until she finished it. Since I have drifted away from the horse world, I found the story both compelling and nostalgic. Thanks and stay well.
C'ville, VA USA

Comments by Dave Prentice on Tuesday, April 10, 2001 at 07:10 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I heard you on NPR last Saturday. When I heard about your problems with vertigo my heart went out to you, because it's something I have dealt with for over 40 years. However, I have found significant relief and thought you might be interested. THere is hope! First, there is a doctor in Baton Rouge, LA who deals exclusively with dizziness and balance disorders. He has a very good success rate; in fact, if you suffer from BPPV (benign paroxysmal positional vertigo) he has a 95% CURE -- not just improvement but CURE-- rate for that particular condition. Second: I used to have prostrating vertigo attacks every few months. However, about 3 years ago I started taking certain nutritional supplements. (No, I'm not selling anything!) I won't say that my equilibrium is perfect, but since then, I have not had another severe attack and have been able to function quite nicely every day. I would be glad to give you details if you're interested. Just email me at prentice@instruction.com. Hope this helps in your struggles. Dave Prentice
New Orleans, LA USA

Comments by Alan J. Baer on Tuesday, April 10, 2001 at 06:28 IP Logged
A truly rare and beautiful book. Thank you.
Philadelphia, PA USA

Comments by Robin Clarke on Tuesday, April 10, 2001 at 05:06 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I'm a middle-aged, amateur female rider who has been savoring your book every evening this spring while sitting in my upstairs reading room, occasionally gazing out to the pasture to watch my own horse peacefully grazing before dusk. I've limited myself to forty pages of reading per night in order to stretch the story as best I could. Well, I unfortunately reached the end of the book last night. Needless to say, I thoroughly enjoyed your compilation. The race descriptions came to life for me. I'd notice my heart rate slightly elevating as I'd get engrossed in a race description. Additionally, I thought your choice of photographs preceding each chapter was exceptional. Each provided just enough of a hint to what would transpire in that chapter. Furthermore, I found myself flipping back through the pictures throughout my reading of the book; to, say, compare War Admiral's conformation to that of Seabiscuits, or maybe just to look into Pollard's eyes once again, having learned more about him. Finally, I was shocked to hear you were a lone bidder on a reel of the War Admiral/Seabiscuit race. What I'd do to own a copy of that!!! Thank you again, Laura, for a wonderful read. I look forward to the movie. Sincerely, Robin Clarke
Olympia, Wa USA

Comments by Bethany Wilson on Tuesday, April 10, 2001 at 03:54 IP Logged
When I heard that someone with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome had had the incredible strength to write a book, I was astonished. (I've had CFS for 12 years.) When I heard it was about Seabiscuit, I was thrilled. My family is horse crazy from way back. The Blood Horse magazine was always lying around, and we spent a vacation one summer touring Kentucky horse farms. Hastings, Man O War, War Admiral, Seabiscuit and all the other famous horses of that era were household names, especially in our household. So, even though I'm a cheapskate who reads only library books, I immediately got on the net and ordered your book. (No trying to find it on ebay or half.com!!) IT WAS FABULOUS!!! I couldn't put it down. I felt transported back in time. I just wish my father had lived to read this book. I'm taking a copy of it to heaven to give to him. ;o) I wish you all the success you deserve. I couldn't admire you more. You are my hero and you give hope to all of us who are so disabled by this horrible illness that most people make fun of. Thank you for writing this wonderful book. I know exactly how hard it was. ***APPLAUSE***!!
Florence, OR USA

Comments by Patrick Mooney on Tuesday, April 10, 2001 at 03:41 IP Logged
I just want to thank you for writing such an amazing book on a subject that is very special to me. I worked at Canterbury Downs while in high school, and after seeing my first live horse race I knew this was a sport I would enjoy for the rest of my life. Along with being a member of the track crew, I was a hotwalker for a middle sized stable, and treasure that time among the people and animals that comprise this wonderful sport. Unfortunately, Canterbury closed in the summer of '93, and I was forced to find different summer employment between years at college. I always think perhaps if it had not closed, I would have been able to make a career in horse racing. Your book brought me back to my days at the track, along with so much more, and I will always be grateful.
Minneapolis, MN USA

Comments by Robert F. Mulligan,MPA, Directo on Tuesday, April 10, 2001 at 03:22 IP Logged
Dear Laura: As a member of the CFS community, I want to congratulate you on your success and tell you how proud we are and honored for you to represent the CFS community. Seabiscuit is a wonderful book written about true sportsmanship and the belief that we are never defeated except by our own lack of faith and hope. Thank you for the inspiration in your book and in your life. Sincerely, Bob Mulligan, (CFS since 1986 from Honeymoon in Lake Tahoe.)
Woodstock, GA USA

Comments by Barry Butin on Tuesday, April 10, 2001 at 03:13 IP Logged
I wanted to tell you among the other thousands in the guest book that your book is a revelation. It is great to hear about a horse that ran until he was 6 or 7. My favorite horses growing up were John Henry and Forego horses that a lot of heart and ran for a long time year after year. They may have been geldings so they could not have been used as studs. I am 43 and attended the Ruffian-Foolish Pleasure Match race and I still choke up when I think of Ruffian having to be destroyed. Again, I loved your book and hope you come to South Florida so I can meet you and have you sign the book.
Weston, FL USA

Comments by Caroli Dubin on Tuesday, April 10, 2001 at 02:20 IP Logged
I finished reading your book about five minutes ago and just loved it. I have never been to a horse race and am not particularly interested in the sport but the book made me feel like I was there! Thank you for a great story!
Walpole, Ma USA

Comments by Jan Hardesty on Tuesday, April 10, 2001 at 02:10 IP Logged
Dear Laura. I recently began helping a friend (who is on the Maryland Racing Commission) with an exhibit she is doing on the history of horse racing, and its connection with Annapolis. I never had any interest in racing, or shared her love of horses. But I read a review of your book in the Post and picked up "Seabiscuit" while we were meeting in Barnes and Noble a few weeks ago. I was captivated. I think you have done what my friend has been trying for years to accomplish -- generate an enthusiasm for the sport and proud tradition of horse racing. I was rivited by your narrative and the way you brought the scene to life. I jumped quickly to the chapter about the match race with War Admiral and felt transported to that time and place. I could actually experience the race from your lyrical description. Even though I knew the outcome, I still bit off every nail (and cried into my mocha latte)before the end of the chapter. I only hope the movie can do it justice. I also hope the racing industry appreciates what you have done for them. As the Triple Crown season approaches. I would be willing to bet interest in racing has escalated exponentially as a result of your bestseller. Here in Maryland we could certainly use the infusion of pride in this part of our state heritage. I hope you will be able to go to some of those functions and be acknowledged for what you have given us -- not only a wonderful read, and an inspirational story, but a new insight to a sport that deserves greater appreciation and more widespread coverage. And if your health permits, I hope you'll come to Annapolis and see the exhibit and understand the pride my friend feels in knowing it did really start here. On a personal note, I recently took up ballet. My teacher constantly reminds me I cannot go through the regimen without straightening my knees. And my knees don't straighten. I was getting very discouraged until I read "Seasbiscuit" Obviously, there is still a winner's circle for those with crooked knees. Thanks for making me understand why people love horses.
Annapolis, MD USA

Comments by scott withrow on Tuesday, April 10, 2001 at 01:47 IP Logged
hi laura I would like some info on seabiscuit I have a origanl print of seabiscuit and 7 of his colts and the etching is by R.H. PALENSKE reproduced in talio-crome I am no art person but it seems to be in good-exalent condition not mint as at the top of the paper ther is a white spot by the top of the frame in the bottem left corner of the printt there is a circle with a c init and below that B&B Aand on the back of the frame it has a stoy of seabiscuit do you think you could tell me how old this is and if it is worth anything as i bought it in a auction please get back to me as i realy like this and I would like to know if I got a good deal on it thank you verry much
wnp, m.b canada

Comments by Patricia on Tuesday, April 10, 2001 at 01:35 IP Logged
Laura: I would like to congratulate you on a wonderful book. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it, especially since I have been an avid horseperson all of my life. I am interested in writing a book and have most of my information written. If you can make any suggestions on the process of finding a publisher, it would be greatly appreciated. Once again what a wonderful book. Take care.

Comments by Larry Downs on Tuesday, April 10, 2001 at 00:56 IP Logged
I want to take this opportunity to tell you how much I enjoyed your book about Seabiscuit. This is a lot coming from one who primarily reads about basketball and antigues. I have always been interested in Seabiscuit since I was a little boy watching the old Movie Tone News of Seabiscuit and War Admiral running head to head, neck and neck around tmost of the race track. Your writing about the dialogue between each jockey during the match reace was most interesting. Likewise, I thought it poignant about the involvement of Alfred Vanderbilt. As a child, I remember quite vividly "The Dancer" being beaten by Dark Star in the Kentucky Derby. If I had been a betting man, I would have won a lot of money. I would like to inquire if one could have you autograph a book or two. Your comments would be apprciated on how to achieve this. Likewise, would you be aware of any memorabilia concerning Seabiscuit, whether it be programs of the match race, tack, glasses, etc., that could be purchased. When are you going to write about Secretariat or better, Ruffian? Looking forward to hearing from you. Larry
USA

Comments by Cousin' Chuck on Tuesday, April 10, 2001 at 00:19 IP Logged
you go girl!
AZ USA

Comments by Michael Meltzer on Monday, April 09, 2001 at 09:42 IP Logged
Though only a casual racing fan I was totally spellbound by your book. It is impossible not to be pulled into Seabiscuit and his handlers. His story reads like a Greek classic with the hardships and overcoming of adversity. Bravo.
Northfield, N.J. USA

Comments by Carol Hayward on Monday, April 09, 2001 at 08:40 IP Logged
Laura,I have never been interested in horses,never been to a race and ridden only once years ago. I read your book because of the wonderful reviews and couldn't put it down. Thank you for opening a new world for me and sharing the stories of the amazing people-and horse- that made this story possible.
Nashua, nh USA

Comments by Mary on Monday, April 09, 2001 at 08:35 IP Logged
I read so many books that I thought no author or biography could inspire effusive recommendations to everyone I know -- whether in the "horse world" or not. Your book, however, has created a whole new wave of emails and calls to friends and relatives. A wonderful story beautifully told. Thanks for giving Seabicuit back to us all.
USA

Comments by Ellen on Monday, April 09, 2001 at 08:34 IP Logged
I read a children's book about Seabiscuit when I was a kid and have never forgotten it. I thoroughly enjoyed reading your book. I wish I had been around to see him run. Thank you for writing this book!
E. Lansing, MI USA

Comments by Dale Crawford on Monday, April 09, 2001 at 08:10 IP Logged
Reading "Seabiscuit" was very enjoyable and also brought many memories to this 83 year old. I married Philip Craw- ford in 1938 and Agnes Conlon Pollard his cousin loaned us her apppartment (depression years) ion years) her apartment for honeymoon weekend, I had several visits to the Conlon home where every room was filled with antique clocks and music boxes. I never saw Agnes again but some years later, my husband ran a gas station in Brookline Massuchetts and Red when he was racing in Mass. tracks would buy gas there. But would not give my gambling hubby any tips.
Burbank , CA USA

Comments by Michael C. Wales on Monday, April 09, 2001 at 07:36 IP Logged
This exciting to read book is just what the thoroughbred horse racing business needs. If the motion picture captures the thrills, the "ups and downs" and the reality of life on the backstretch a new audience could emerge. The racetrack stories, via books and movies produced in the 30's created the excitement of t-racing for thousands of people including me. At age 15 when Seabiscuit was in the barn at Saratoga in 1935 I won a $5 win bet on RED RAIN in The Hopeful and became a fan forever. Thank you Laura for bringing back the memories.
Rancho Mirage, CA USA

Comments by sue mark on Monday, April 09, 2001 at 06:04 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand; Sorry to hear about your chronic fatigue. I have fibromyalgia and can empathize with you. I own a trophy won by seabiscuit at the Agua Caliente handicap in 1938. It is silver and was made in england in 1864. I am in a situation right now where I need to sell it. Are you interested? Sincerely, Sue Mark.
redmond, wa USA

Comments by Bonnie Smith on Monday, April 09, 2001 at 05:53 IP Logged
Dear Laura Hillenbrand, Seabiscuit was not my favorite horse of the century, but he is now. Thanks for the wonderful book. I felt transported back into time. I was there at each race. I was the Trainer---I was the owner---I was the jockey---I was the "Horse'. I grit my teeth and swallowed hard throughout the epilogue until I got the death of Seabiscuit---and then I cried. Thanks again for the "Book of the Century"
USA

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