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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

Comments by Larry S on Monday, April 09, 2001 at 05:24 IP Logged
Laura, I found your book very enjoyable.... Also saw an interview on TV re. your life & health problems. Have a friend with like medical problems (especially vertigo)...If you have any helpful input, I ("we") will be most appreciative. Thank you! Sincerely, Larry S. ps. hope you are feeling better (:
Naples, FL USA

Comments by kimberly kinnee on Monday, April 09, 2001 at 04:26 IP Logged
Laura, I don't read too many book reviews - for some reason within a week's time I read wonderful review on your book in the NY Times, The Wall Street Journal, and our local paper the Sacramento Bee. My father in law is an avid thoroughbred fan - I thought your book would make a wonderful bday present. Little did I realize that it would be such wonderful gift to myself. Your writing style is superb - your book hypnotized me from the start - it's now done the same to my husband. After reading your other guestbook comments it's nice to see that I'm not the only one who was so deeply affected by this story. The old saying of "truth is stanger than fiction" rings true as you read about the characters of Red, Tom Smith, Charles Howard, and of course Seabiscuit. I'm sorry I missed your interview on NPR - as an avid listner I can't believe I missed your interview. Thanks for bringing a wonderful story to life - I can't wait to read it again!
davis, ca USA

Comments by Arnold Lewis on Monday, April 09, 2001 at 04:18 IP Logged
One of the better books I've read in a long time, and I do a lot of reading. Thanks for a great read.
Bayside,, ny USA

Comments by greg allen on Monday, April 09, 2001 at 02:09 IP Logged
Laura Thanks so much for this story about a great horse and the wonderful collection of human personalities that surrounded him. You have proven once again what a beautiful sport horse racing is. Your book should be mandatory reading for the brain-trust at the NTRA (and all racetrack managements ) who simply don't get it. Can't wait for your next book. Greg Allen/Northfield, Mn (pt.sports@prodigy.net)
northfield, mn USA

Comments by Rhona Littman on Monday, April 09, 2001 at 01:54 IP Logged
I saw your interview on NBC and thought I'd have a hard time finding a way to contact you. I've just finished reading all the wonderful entries in your guestbook and know now that I must buy your book. My husband suffers from one of the rare diseases in the Dysautonomia family and after hearing the interviewer describe some of your symptoms, I wondered if you had ever been checked for any of these diseases. They present as isolated symptoms and it wasn't until my husband had a tilt table test that his diagnosis was confirmed as Pure Autonomic Failure. Feel free to write back if you feel that this might be of interest in your situation. Looking forward to reading aboout Seabiscuit.
Calabasas, CA USA

Comments by Laura Frantzen on Monday, April 09, 2001 at 01:05 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I own two thoroughbred horses. When I read Seabiscuit I was absolutely amazed at how well you can infiltrated the horses minds and charactors. All horses have their own charactor but few people realize it. Most treat them all the same. Seabiscuit, his owners, his trainer and jockeys all new what an exceptional charactor he was and appreciated it. Your book was such a delite to read. It had substance, charactor development and spirit. I had tears running down my face upon reading about Seabiscuits last race - and I cried upon his death. You wrote a wonderful tribute to an American treasure.
Chatsworth, ca USA

Comments by Susie Thomas on Monday, April 09, 2001 at 00:39 IP Logged
Hey Lar! Just finished your book - am passing it along to the better half now - what a fabulaous story, so terrifically told! "Did you ever know that you're my heeeeeeeroooo..." I feel as though I know Red and Tom and Charles. And the Biscuit, of course! You deserve every pludit you are getting now...as Livvy just said, "Laura may have a bad disease, but she can still work hard!" I love this Guestbook idea, too! Cheers to B and F from your Fans in Looziane
Baton Rouge, LA USA

Comments by Margaret Makar on Monday, April 09, 2001 at 00:32 IP Logged
Chapter 12 "All I Need is Luck" had me perched on the edge of my chair and hunkered over your book as I were George Woolf riding Seabiscuit to the chapter's end. What a thrill that ride was! --Thank you.
Denver , CO USA

Comments by DeAnna on Monday, April 09, 2001 at 00:28 IP Logged
Dear Laura, Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your book. I am a student on a limited budget but I splurged on your book. Boy, was it ever worth it! I first heard about Seabiscuit when I was in grade school and found a book about him in the library. It's amazing how many people in my generation have never heard of him. I look forward to the movie!!!
Vermillion, SD USA

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