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The Ocean Rowing Society Guestbook for Tori Murdon-page 12

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From: "Eric Von Blon" <>
Subject: poop
Date sent: Tue, 28 Jul 1998 17:21:46 -0700
How do you poop?
From Billy (age 9)
...Unfortunately Tori's e-mail is not working on her boat; but one of
her favorite answers to the above question is, "Bucket and chuck it..."

From: (Wesley Trump)
Subject: We are cheering from the Carolinas!!
Date sent: Tue, 28 Jul 1998 22:11:31 -0000
Hey Tori,
your story grabbed my attention in the summer and I've been rooting for you
since! I am a teacher at the middle school level.I work with kids with
severe behavior problems..many involved in the court
system..probation..traing school ..etc This summer I have put together two
main themes to work on...."What it takes to survive" and "What's a
Hero?"....I'm using your adventure to talk about survival.....I hope to
cover goals, dreams, and visions........that's what I think these kids are
missing the most!.You have provided the perfectr backdrop to broach these
issues in a non-avasive manner...I'm sure they will want to write you....I
am getting a big map to chart your progress on so they can actually see
it.......I'll be catching up with you later(mentally only!)
Wesley Trump (I am a female, just inherited my grandfather's name)
Forest Hills Middle School
Wilson, NC

Date sent: Tue, 28 Jul 1998 13:09:18
From: "W. R. Garris, Jr." <>
Subject: Hello
Great going Tori! We are all pulling for you because you are
making America proud. I keep a check on you through your web page.

From: "Rickman, Tom, HMR/US" <>
Subject: Congratulations!
Date sent: Tue, 28 Jul 1998 09:23:07 -0500
You are a winner no matter the outcome of your attempt. I am proud of
you and you make me proud to be an American. Hang in there, we are
praying for you.
Tom Rickman
10236 Marion Park Drive J5-M1724
Kansas City, MO 64134

Date sent: Tue, 28 Jul 1998 06:38:12 -0400
From: ckeeley <>
All the best from a fellow Louisvillian. Keep it up. You will make it.
The Keeley family off Lime Kiln Lane.

Subject: GO, TORI, GO!
Date sent: Mon, 27 Jul 1998 20:59:40 -0400
What an inspiration! We're "pulling" for you in Jersey City, NJ!
A former Georgetown oarsman, Perry Brown

From: "Wayne Michalak" <>
Subject: Keep on rowing!!
Date sent: Mon, 27 Jul 1998 20:39:46 -0400
Tori, just wanted to say hi from Detroit Michigan! Have been following your
progress since you started, you are truly an insperation for the human
spirit! As a person who loves the water, I look forward to reading your
"memiours" from the trip. YOU CAN DO IT!!! - Wayne Michalak

Date sent: Mon, 27 Jul 1998 20:18:22 -0400
Subject: Where are you?
Hi Toni! I've been out of town and away from news media for the past
week. I keep wondering how you are getting along...if your food supply is is your health...and many such questions. Since you probably
have received thousands of E-mails, why don't you send one to all your
correspondents through NBC news so you can give all of us an update on your
You certainly have alot of pluck!!! Martha Discher, Louisville KY

From: <>
Date sent: Tue, 28 Jul 1998 00:10:00 EDT
This is Bob Hurleys other sister, Karen. My sister, Louise, and my 14 year
old son, Chris, and I have been keeping track of you progress and we want to
wish you the best of luck on this trip and the best of weather. I hope you
won't be too tired when you reach France to enjoy the celebrating.
Sincerely, Karen Hurley

From: <>
Date sent: Mon, 27 Jul 1998 23:03:57 EDT
Subject: What does the olah man want?
Congratulations on your solitude. How's the peanut butter? Do you want to
write?With respect,admiration, and ta ta.
Steve Haliday

From: "Henry Heyburn" <>
Subject: Great going
Date sent: Mon, 27 Jul 1998 09:06:36 -0400
Dear Tori, Edie Courtenay sent me a recent Courier-Journal article
which included your E-mail address so here I am writing. Sounds like you are
doing well and in good spirits. Alicia and I are thinking of you and
look forward to hearing of your arrival in France. I was out doing some
whitewater paddling the other day. It was great to see you in April and I
look forward to the next time. You're awesome, keep it up and much love.

Date sent: Sun, 26 Jul 1998 09:59:16 -0400
From: "Steve W. Goodwin" <>
Organization: Goodwin Sales
Subject: Lunar Connections
To Tori and all her supporters.
Aug. 7, 1998 (the next full moon) at the Jefferson County Memorial
Forest, Horine Section we're hosting a support together for Tori. We'll
assemble about 7:30 PM and at 9:30 PM we'll join hands and sent our thoughts
and energy to Tori on the Atlantic via the moon.
We'll have a campfire and a prayer fire. Bring chairs and your
refreshment. If you want to camp that night you can do so. We'll be
meeting at the Environmental Education Center. Everyone is welcome,
bring yourself, frends, or the family, come and lets support Tori's on
her quest.
If you cannot come to the forest on Aug. 7, 1998, take a moment at 9:30 PM
EST. where ever you are and send your support too, just look at the moon and
send your message to Tori, she'll get it.
If you have questions or need additional information contact the Forest
Welcome Center 502-368-5404.
Looking forward to seeing you.
The next following full moon is September 5, 1998. We'll all meet at Cox
Park in Louisville to send Tori our next lunar support. Maybe we could all
put our boats in the water and have a flotilla.

Subject: Go Tori!
Date sent: Sun, 26 Jul 1998 13:32:47 -0400
My six year old son and I have been following your progress on the
internet. We are so impressed and proud that a fellow louisvillian can
aspire to such greatness! Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Good

From: (william aaron allen)
Subject: GOOD LUCK
Date sent: Sat, 25 Jul 1998 20:53:53 -0700
Just wanted to write and say good luck. I have been reading about you = on
the webpage and you are a very interesting person. I come from = Mayfield,
Kentucky, which is 25 miles south of Paducah. Again I want to say Good luck
and I hope you have great weather. If you don`t mind I will try to write
again later.
Willaim B. Allen

Date sent: Sat, 25 Jul 1998 22:53:03 -0500
From: William Dorris III <>
Subject: progress
We are watching and keeping up with your progress from KY.

Date sent: Sat, 25 Jul 1998 17:24:07 -0400
From: mikesams <>
Organization: InfiNet
Subject: GO TORI!!!
Been following your progress via the internet and we are all pulling
(mentally) for you, here in Louisville. You are truly amazing! Good
luck and God speed! We're looking forward to seeing your picture
arriving in France!
Mike S.

From: <>
Date sent: Sat, 25 Jul 1998 16:34:21 EDT
Tori if you would have talked to your brother he would have told you that
the Q. E. 2 could have got you to France in about five days. The Concord
would fly you in around three or four hours, but someone probably told you
to take a slow boat, I don't think this is what they meant. We are all proud
of you and what you are doing, we follow your progress daily. Keep doing
what you are doing and I will see you in France as promised . The best of
luck with the rest of the adventure. your good friend Bobby

Date sent: Fri, 24 Jul 1998 21:12:09 -0700
From: susan huang <>
dear tori,
hello, my name is jenny and I'm just writing to tell you that I think
it's so cool that you are rowing across the atlantic. I am also a
rower, although only a junior in highschool, and i happened to be
looking around on the internet and found this page dedicated to your
trek across the atlantic. you are truly amazing and I hope you keep it
up! best of luck.

From: "Raymonde" <>
Date sent: Fri, 24 Jul 1998 22:07:46 -0500
You'll make it ! You are a great woman !
My sister in law from Michigan just gave me your address, she is following
you since the beguining and she talked about you today . . . Me, so quite in
my little house in Canada( Ontario) and you in that boat going with the
waves and wind. . . I can't stop myself thinking about you and praying. . .
God will help, he is holding you on his heart. So you are safe. (Excuse my
english writing, I'm french )
Raymonde /
ICQ # 14054225 chat en Franšais.
# 14147336 bilingual .

From: "E. Rostron" <>
Subject: Tori's Trip
Date sent: Fri, 24 Jul 1998 18:20:53 -0500
Hi Tori,
You have so many friends and unknown people encouraging you to keep
rowing and telling you what a great job you are doing. I wonder every
day what it is like for you. Hope everything is working out for you.
Keep the faith and determination to finish.
Elaine Rostron
Cypress, TX

From: (adale o'brien)
Date sent: Fri, 24 Jul 1998 14:13:05 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: you go, girl!!!
we met when you spoke at luckett's b.b.c. meeting and ever since that
day i've kept you in my thoughts and am sending all the energy and
spirit i can are incredible...
with great admiration, adale o'brien

From: "Wendy Bell" <>
Organization: Unitarian Universalist Association
Date sent: Fri, 24 Jul 1998 11:25:59 -0500
Subject: for Tori (or rather, Victoria)
"The rude sea grew civil at her song
And certain stars shot madly from their spheres
To hear the sea-maid's music."
--Shakespeare, "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
Your heart-filled rowing is the song. Keep singing!
Wendy L. Bell
HDS '97
Wendy L. Bell
UUMA Administrator
Phone: (617) 742-2100 x414
FAX: (617) 742-2875

From: <>
Date sent: Thu, 23 Jul 1998 23:32:33 EDT
Subject: Have a nice day.
Hi Tori, We were at Atlantic City yesterday looking out at the ocean
thinking about you. We had a wonderful day and hope you did also. Our air
temperature was in the 90's and I wondered if it was the same for you.
Getting in the water was a nice relief. Hope you are enjoying yourself.
Keep up the good work. Joyce, Bob Hurley's sister.

Date sent: Thu, 23 Jul 1998 15:51:37 -0700
From: Ann Scott <>
Organization: Unitarian Universalist Association
Subject: Hi....
Last weekend up in Gloucester, MA I saw the Blackburn Challenge (a 26
mile row and paddle race around Cape Ann) and saw lots of great boats
some the length of was quite a reality check! I thought of
you then and this weekend when I'm out in my kayak I'll certainly be
thinking of you and how it must be for you out there. Are you near the
Grand Banks at all? If so I hope they are calm and peaceful! All good
thoughts and wishes to you Tori for an excellent adventure! I check on
your progress daily as I sit at my desk dreaming....thank goodness for
weekends when I get to make my dreams come true!

From: <>
Date sent: Thu, 23 Jul 1998 11:24:26 EDT
Tori, May we wish you smooth sailing and favorable winds for the remainder of
your journey. Good luck, our prayers are with you.
Ted & Lee Ann Spivey
Va. Beach, Va.

Date sent: Wed, 22 Jul 1998 23:04:24 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Rowing
Tori where are you. I don't suppose you can answer your e-mail, you must
get tons.
Just letting you know it is really hot in
Lou, Ky. Good thing your out there where it's nice and cool.
Until we talk again I bid you adios.

From: "Braun, Jim" <>
Subject: Contact with Tori Murden
Date sent: Wed, 22 Jul 1998 15:26:21 -0400
This is from Jim Braun (JBRAUN@LOUKY.ORG).
Tori, just wanted to say HI and BYE. By the time you get back here to
LDA I will have moved on to the private sector. But couldn't leave
without saying what a pleasure it was to work with you, and how my
prayers and thoughts are with you. Remember, I get one of the first
signed copies of your book when you are world famous. Take care, and
finish soon so that "mother Betty" doesn't worry too much.

From: "David Stookey" <>
Subject: Message for Tori Murden
Date sent: Wed, 22 Jul 1998 08:33:07 -0400
Can you please pass the following press message to Tory Murden:
Congratulations on your splendid progress. Hope Jenifer is doing her stuff
and that the elevator is working. If you have a moment of reflection and
if your fingers are still capable of finding the keyboard, readers of
Open-Water Rowing would be grateful for your thoughts on the following:
1)    After a thousand miles or more, what would you change about the boat or
rigging to improve speed, handling, or seaworthiness?
2)    For anyone following in your wake, what is likely to surprise them?
I'd love to cover your trip in Open-Water Rowing and tried getting in touch
before you left to do an interview then. I'll understand, of course, if a
message is too much to ask. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Cheers, David
Many thanks for your help.
David W. Stookey
Editor, Open-Water Rowing Newsletter
Box 246
Newport, RI 02840
(401) 841-5111

Date sent: Wed, 22 Jul 1998 00:41:26 -0500
From: Donna Carr <>
Subject: Tori
What patience, determination and strength you have. You are a true pioneer.
I have been following your progress trying to imagine what it must be like.
Nothing can compare to the experiences that you are encountering. You are
not alone. As you row towards victory lane all the world is watching.
Prayers and best wishes.

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