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The Ocean Rowing Society Guestbook for Tori Murdon-page 20

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Date: Wed, 09 Sep 1998 10:06:16 -0400
From: Ron Forlano <bluefish@interpath.com>  
Subject: Thank God for Tori's safety.

Dear Tori, I am glad to hear that you are safe...It was a wonderfulthing you did and it showed great courage just to be there on your own(Ibelieve God was with you too)We were sitting here on the Outer Bankswaiting for Bonnie and then Danielle and they both missed us. I amsorry they had to stop your expedition as I feel sure you would havemade it. You have all the key ingredients for success..courage,perserverance,and the desire to "just do it".Best of Luck in the future. June Forlano , Duck, NC


From: "Syverson, Janet" jsyverso@nmh.org
Subject: Three Cheers!!
Date: Wed, 9 Sep 1998 08:44:28 -0500

A hearty congraulations on your accomplishments!  To be alone for almost
three months on the vast and cruel Atlantic and to row over two-thirds of
the way to France is absolutely astounding!  I have nothing but the utmost
respect and admiration for you.  Welcome home!  
Jan Syverson, Chicago, Illinois

Date: Wed, 09 Sep 1998 09:37:51 -0100
From: Polly Anna Randol <randolpa@clf.navy.mil>  
Subject: Congratulations - You're Still a Winner
Tori - I just want to let you know you're still a winner.  So sorry a
hurricane got in your way.  Nevertheless, your courage and determination
are truly an inspiration.  I've been following your progress all along
and look forward to hearing more details.  Thank you for showing us what
can be done through faith and hard work!  P.A.

Date: Wed, 09 Sep 1998 06:48:51 -0400
From: The Godwins <godwin@netlinkcorp.com>  
Subject: amazing journey
Dear Miss Murden,
	I have followed your progress daily. Your journey has been an amazing
one. 
	How blessed you we are that your rescue was accomplished. It would have
been a shame for this world to have lost a person such as you. I know
that you will continue to inspire and motivate all of us.
	I wish the best for you.
James M. Godwin, Jr.

From: "Nathan Clark" <clarkfam@creative-net.net>  
Subject: SAFE!!
Date: Tue, 8 Sep 1998 23:35:39 -0500

Hi Torri,
Have been following your progress and saw the strom coming your
way and very thankful that you were able to get rescued.
You did a great thing for Louisville and the nation going as far as
you did. Living in KY makes me ever so proud of what you did..
God Bless,
Nathan Clark
Leitchfield, KY


Date: Tue, 08 Sep 1998 22:51:20 +0000
From: senehs03 senehs03@bellsouth.net
Subject: The end of this journey 9/8/98

Tori,
I was both saddened and gladdened to hear the news this morning on NPR
and then in the Courier-Journal.  I am saddened that your voyage this
time is at an end, but gladdened that you are safe and on your way home.
You are a model of courage and beauty for all of us -- women, men, and
children everywhere.
Hurrah for your magnificent journey.  May all the powers praise you!
Kay E. Twaryonas
Teacher and Admirer
Louisville, KY

From: SIgnots@aol.com 
Date: Tue, 8 Sep 1998 22:39:05 EDT
Subject: Your row
Oh no I said as I saw the message on the oceanrowing.com web page that you had
been rescued. So close to your goal and yet so far sound trite but so true. At
least you're safe. I've followed your progress each and every evening since
Flag Day. I wish you the best in the future and hope that you'll be successful
next time. Steve Ignots, Elk Grove Village, IL

From: witrump@eastnet.educ.ecu.edu (Wesley Trump)  
Subject: thanks Tori
Date: Tue, 8 Sep 1998 21:30:50 -0000
Just received the news and glad you are safe.....as my class was tracking
you we were also tracking the hurricanes......we can only imagine the
terror you must have felt..we have lived through several hurricanes here in
Wilson, North Carolina in the past two years and they have taught us great
respect. The students in my class send their respect and admiration your
way...if you ever pass through here ( about an hour east of  Raleigh) we
would love to have you come visit and share your adventure first
hand.....Take care Tori......thanks for sharing your vision with us
....we'll be awaiting your next challenge
Wesley Trump
Froest Hills Middle School
Wilson, NC

From: EAugust107@aol.com 
Date: Tue, 8 Sep 1998 19:17:58 EDT
god bless tori. you are what the spirit of arerica is all about. i commend you
for your efforts. you are, no doubt what america is all about. best wishes,
edward.

 

 

 

Date: Tue, 08 Sep 1998 16:53:51 -0400
From: Sharon Gagel skgagel@email.uncc.edu
Subject: Glad you are safe
Glad you are safe! Fantastic effort. I think what you did is just as remarkable as McGwire's home run record!


From: MTBORDERS@aol.com
Date: Tue, 8 Sep 1998 15:06:30 EDT

Tori:
Welcome home!  So glad you're safe and sound.  You're a very brave person.
Margo and David Borders
Louisville, KY

From: "Raymond Saucillo" Raymond-Carl@worldnet.att.net
Subject: Tori Murden
Date: Tue, 8 Sep 1998 13:08:37 -0500

Tori,
I've followed your journey everyday from the start with great joy and
anticipation.  Yes, it would have been nice had you completed your trip. 
But the fact you had the courage to begin such a journey is the true
miracle.  Yours is the triumph of spirit, determination and courage. 
Through your exploits you are forever changed and we - your friends, family
and fans - are emboldened by your endeavors.  Old barriers have been
broken, new goals have been set, and the unthinkable has become thinkable. 
Mankind has reached new heights - the actual distance traveled is
irrelevant.
You are forever my hero and inspiration.
Raymond Saucillo
Houston, Texas

Date: Tue, 08 Sep 1998 14:02:45 -0400
From: Samuel Levine <essell@exis.net>  
Subject: Compliments to a Valian Lady
Dear Tori
Sorry to read that you had to cut your journey short because of
Hurricane Dannielle  My wife and I have admiired your courage from the
beginning of your adventure and have tried to encourage you with an
e-mail now and then.
You were very right not to try fighting the harsh weather kicked up by
the hurricane out there in the Atllantic. Good luck to you in your
further adventures. Sam and Bessie Levine

Date: Mon, 07 Sep 1998 22:31:22 -0400
From: "Stephen P. Imhoff" <imhoff@couriernet.infi.net> 
Tori,
Keep the faith and your eye on the prize. I know you can make it the
next time.
We would love to have you as a guest speaker at Kiwanis again.
Stephen Imhoff
569-2880

Date: Mon, 07 Sep 1998 22:19:00 -0400
From: Jim Watson <jimwats@erols.com>  
Subject: Inspiration
Tori,
You just can't beat 'Mother Nature' - wrestling her to a tie was quite
an achievement.
You truly are an inspiration. Good luck in your future endeavors.
Jim Watson
Reisterstown, Maryland

From: Aaron Siegal <asiegal@us.ibm.com>  
Date: Mon, 7 Sep 1998 21:22:51 -0400
Dear Tori,
we've been following your progress almost every day and are so impressed with
your courage and persistence.  We miss your beautifully written messages from
your early days and hope you might come out with a publication.  We'll
continue to follow and anxiously await your safe arrival in Brest.    All our
best wishes,
Dotty and Aaron Siegal

From: JaniceMeek@aol.com 
Date: Tue, 8 Sep 1998 12:12:04 EDT
Subject: Congratulations to TORI MURDEN
Dear Tori
I am Jan of Jan and Dan the Mother and Son Team from the Port St.Charles race.
Daniel and I have been following your row, we both admired and, seriously,
envied you.  We went through some harsh and difficult times, but found the
whole adventure so powerful, a part of us wanted to be out there with you.
We are devastated for you, 85 days, then  to have your dreams dashed.  You
held on so tenaciously, we have nothing but admiration for your courage and
tenacity.85 days.
Tori please accept our ADMIRATION, and know that we share your sadness.
But Lady, you have achieved so much, you have experienced far worse weather
than any of us in the Port St. Charles race.well done.
Sincerely,
Jan
and
Dan

Date: Tue, 08 Sep 1998 09:53:31 -0600
From: rathie <"rathie@wtp.net@rathie"@wtp.net> 
Subject: Braveheart American Peral
Sorry to hear about the unforeseen end too your great adventure,so it
only took a huricane to stop you.As far as I am concerned you fought the
good fight and came out the winner.  am so happy to hear the ocean did
not claim you !we  all need your Brave heart back here with us. P.S do
you think your boat the American Pearl will wash up somewhere on the
European coast with your spirit at the oars.

From: "Dick Ulmer" <rsu11@hotmail.com> 
Date: Tue, 08 Sep 1998 08:45:47 PDT

Tori,Four simple words: you have not failed! You have succeeded in showing us the pinnacle of human spirit whether or not you landed at Brest!


Date: Tue, 8 Sep 1998 06:00:13 -0700 (PDT)
From: Ed Watson ed_watson@rocketmail.com
Subject: Tory/Victoria

Tory,I am so sorry to hear about the end of your trip to Brest. As manyothers, I have also been daily following your progress across the Atlantic. You have truly been an inspiration. Please do not letthis beat your spirit.
Victoria, I look forward to your reflections of your journey. Your writingsreveal an inner harmony and peace as well as strength of resolve. Thestrength and comfort you gave Tory are quite evident. To "both" of you, When will there be a second attempt?
Ed Watson


From: mhagerman@bkb.com
Date: Tue, 8 Sep 1998 08:52:52 -0400
Good luck to Torie - I've become addicted to checking the Web Site almost everyday to see how she's doing. I guess that Masters degree in Divinity is paying off. My office overlooks Boston Harbor and east out into the Atlantic. My biggest question: how can she go so many days without human contact?
I was also interested in T. Lynch's trip to Iowa. As a transplanted Iowan, I was surprised be thinking about rowing across the Atlantic and Iowa in the same Web page. What town/city in Iowa is T. Lynch in? (I grew up in West Des Moines; my ex-wife and kids live in Marshalltown). Hope all is well with you mother.


From: SuzGray48@aol.com
Date: Tue, 8 Sep 1998 08:31:58

Dear Tori:
I've been following your trip and think it's the most extrodinary journey I've
ever followed.  I read in the paper this morning that Hurricane Danielle got
the best of you but I'm so glad you are safe and pray you aren't seriously
injured.  I've been worried about your trip since the hurricanes began but
looking at the maps couldn't really get a feel how close they were.
Congratulations on your tremendous effort!  Thank you for doing this for all
of us who won't.
Sincerely,
Susan Gray 

From: EvFromVt@aol.com 
Date: Tue, 8 Sep 1998 07:57:14 EDT
Subject: Just heard

I just heard that you had to call your crossing off because of bad weather. I know how bad you must feel, but you have to know that you still did an amazing job!! I pray for your speedy recovery, and thank God that you are safe. Sincerely, Ev Tougas


Date: Tue, 08 Sep 1998 05:48:46 -0400
From: "Steve W. Goodwin" <steveg5@mail.sdf.bellsouth.net>  
Subject: Welcome Home
Can't wait to talk. You got guts lady.

From: "Hiram Gallop" <hiram@greenvillenc.com>  
Subject: Tori Murden
Date: Tue, 8 Sep 1998 01:20:58 -0400

Close usually counts in horse shoes and hand grinades but I think you should count your trip
as a gigantic win. Beside, you and the ocean are still here and ready, all you need is a boat.
Thank you for doing what so many of us can only dream about and wish for but for whatever
reason never do.  I'll be watching for news of your next adventure.
Hiram Gallop
Ayden, North Carolina


From: valkyada@webtv.net (adale o'brien)
Date: Mon, 7 Sep 1998 23:41:32 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: tori's duel with danielle...

i wept with relief when i accessed ocean rowing, just now, and saw that
you were rescued...the past few days i've been praying that bloody
hurricane would pass you by...
i also wept for the loss of your boat...damn danielle!!!...i hope your
shoulder is not too painful and that your spirits are not too dashed...
you must have been an amazon in another life!!! what am i saying???
you're an amazon in this life!!!
you are an amazing, courageous, inspiring woman...my admiration is
boundless...adale o'brien  

From: Rsh758@aol.com 
Date: Mon, 7 Sep 1998 23:13:28 EDT
Subject: tori both of you
so grateful you are well
we love you
rhonda, annie and maggie henning
you were, are and will always be one of our hero's. 
see you in the boat house.

Date: Mon, 07 Sep 1998 22:31:22 -0400
From: "Stephen P. Imhoff" <imhoff@couriernet.infi.net> 
Tori,
Keep the faith and your eye on the prize. I know you can make it the
next time.
We would love to have you as a guest speaker at Kiwanis again.
Stephen Imhoff
569-2880

Date: Mon, 07 Sep 1998 22:19:00 -0400
From: Jim Watson <jimwats@erols.com>  
Subject: Inspiration
Tori,
You just can't beat 'Mother Nature' - wrestling her to a tie was quite
an achievement.
You truly are an inspiration. Good luck in your future endeavors.
Jim Watson
Reisterstown, Maryland

From: Aaron Siegal <asiegal@us.ibm.com>  
Date: Mon, 7 Sep 1998 21:22:51 -0400
Dear Tori,
we've been following your progress almost every day and are so impressed with
your courage and persistence.  We miss your beautifully written messages from
your early days and hope you might come out with a publication.  We'll
continue to follow and anxiously await your safe arrival in Brest.    All our
best wishes,
Dotty and Aaron Siegal

From: MJGleich@aol.com 
Date: Mon, 7 Sep 1998 21:02:35 EDT
Subject: Tori Murden's Courageous Atlantic Crossing

Dear Ms. Murden,My name is Tori and I'm eleven years old. I live in Louisville, also. Ilove the ocean and am right now writing a report on Dophins for school. I wanted to know if riding in 55 mph winds and storms is more fun than ridingon Twisted Sisters at Kentucky Kingdom (small joke).I hope that you learn something from your trip. I'll be looking forward to hearing about it when you get back from France.I'll be praying for you. "I can do all things through Him who strengthens me." Phillipians 4:13 "If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast." Psalm 139:9-10God loves you and will protect you,Victoria Gleichman


From: Wheelz15@aol.com
Date: Mon, 7 Sep 1998 20:23:15 EDT
Subject: Man, Tori was almost there. I am glad she is ok though.

I am sorry to hear about the hurricane. I couldn't imagine being in one of
those. There must have been some scary moments during the whole thing. I kept
track of Tori's progress every day. I hope atleast the attempt to make it to
France gets put in the record books.
David Miller

From: "  Al  Murden" <almar@www.desoto.net> 
Subject: Sad but Thankful!
Date: Mon, 7 Sep 1998 20:10:24 -0400 
Dear Tori, 

We have just learned from the Web that you are safe and on the way back home. We share your disappointment but are nonetheless extremely proud of you and most thankful that you have been rescued and are safe onboard the Independent Spirit. Much love, Mom and Dad (P. S. - We are still going to England for three weeks, but we guess we won't to going to Brest or France!)


From: "E. Rostron" <surf@flex.net>
Subject: Re: Tori's Trip
Date: Mon, 7 Sep 1998 17:54:14 -0500

Hi Tori,
Just heard about you capsizing during Danielle's hurricane, I am so thankful you are all right and aboard a ship. It must have been terrifying during the storm and I thougth of you during this difficult time. You did a great job and looking forward to reading about all the details during your trip. Get plenty of rest and we love you very much.
Elaine Rostron
Cypress, TX


From: "  Al  Murden" <almar@www.desoto.net>  
Subject: With Love!
Date: Mon, 7 Sep 1998 20:03:00 -0400
Dear Tori, 
This is Margie - I asked your father to write my thoughts, concerns 
and prayers to you so they would be in your Guesbook. Please know 
that I love you, have been concerned for you, and praying for you. 
A prayer circle at church is also remembering you as is my daughter, Linda. 
Love, Margie (by ADM,Sr.)

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