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The Ocean Rowing Society Guestbook for Tori Murdon-page 8

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From: "Ruth Meers" <>
Subject: Louisville Fans
Date sent: Sat, 11 Jul 1998 09:59:54 -0400
Hello Tori,
We are very excited to be sharing your progress over the internet. We know
of you from a former exchange student that your family hosted from Norway,
Jo. It's such an incredible thing that you are doing! We'll be cheering
you on when you reach France!!!!!
All the best to you,
Ruth Meers and Dannie Gregoire
Louisville, Kentucky

From: "Bobbi Bartley" <>
Subject: Good Luck!
Date sent: Thu, 09 Jul 1998 07:35:42 PDT
Good luck Tori on your incredible journey! As a resident of Nags Head,
we were very proud to have you and hope you will return with a
triumphant smile on your face and lots of stories to tell. Best wishes
for a safe and happy journey!
Bobbi Bartley

Date sent: Thu, 09 Jul 1998 14:15:58 -0400 (EDT)
From: ASELSKY <>
Subject: Email for Tori Murden
    Dear Tori,
    I sent an email earlier to the old American Pearl address. Not
sure you got it, so repeating my thoughts...
    I'm delighted that you're in the ocean again! My prayers are
with you for a safe and successful journey. I am thinking of you
out there, and will be in the coming weeks.
    FYI, I left Spain last December and am now based in
Johannesburg, South Africa.
    Warmest regards,
    Andrew Selsky
    Associated Press
    PO Box 880
    Auckland Park 2006
    Republic of South Africa

From: "Becker, Gail" <>
Subject: cheering for you!
Date sent: Thu, 9 Jul 1998 08:56:07 -0400
Tori, I am following your progress and wishing you great success. It
seems as if all of Louisville is cheering for you. Best regards, Gail

Date sent: Thu, 9 Jul 1998 08:14:21 -0400
Subject: Atta Girl Tori!!
Tori---I hope you get this e-mail----I've been following your most recent
challenge which you appear to be taking in your usual successful
way.....proud to be a fellow alum of yours from Leadership
wishes! Tom Zawacki (Toyota-Georgetown)

Date sent: Thu, 9 Jul 1998 07:54:55 -0400
From: Scott Capito <>
Organization: Publishers Press
Subject: You Go Girlllll!!!!!
Keep it going. Best of Luck
Scott Capito
Mt.Washington, Kentucky

Date sent: Thu, 09 Jul 1998 07:34:41 -0400
Subject: Greetings!!
My prayers are w/ you on your journey.have a safe and wonderful trip.I
love reading all i can about you.Good Luck!and God be w/ you.

From: <>
Date sent: Thu, 9 Jul 1998 05:55:24 EDT
Subject: keep it up
keep up the great work! don't know if you remember me or not, but i wrote an
article for extremz magazine (based here in Louisville, KY) when you had your
first partner -- before the team rowing event....
anyway, i admire your courage and determination!!!!!!! way to go!!!! pulling
for you!!!
Les Reynolds

From: "Darrell W. Davis" <>
Subject: greetings from kentucky
Date sent: Thu, 9 Jul 1998 00:30:13 -0400
Tori, Good luck.., & God speed.
p.s. keep the "dry" side up! Darrell Davis from the Bernheim Forest area
of Bullitt co.

Date sent: Wed, 08 Jul 1998 20:59:20 -0400
From: ALAN <>
Subject: Hope you make it across
Caught you on the news from Chesapeake, Va. and checked your progress on
the website. Want to wish you all the best as you endeavor to reach your
goals. What you are doing is nothing less than incredible. Praying the
good Lord will keep you safe and help you realize your dreams. Here's
hoping you catch some currents that help you get to the end of your
voyage quicker.
Judy and Alan Brock

From: "Dick Krakowski" <>
Subject: A day at a time...
Date sent: Wed, 8 Jul 1998 20:49:24 -0400
Hi Tori, My name is Dick Krakowski and I e-mailed you prior to your
attempt to cross the ocean last year. I am the one with the big red
bottomed houseboat located in the Juniper Beach area of the Ohio. You
mentioned that you thought you knew my boat. I have followed your
progress all along and am excited by your courage. The reason I am
excited by that is that my wife is also a very courageous woman. She is
in the pre-dialysis stage of End Stage Renal Disease. This was caused =
Diabetes which She has had since the age of three. Last week her ankle
which has had a compression fracture for several years was fused. The
outlook is good. If all goes well with that and the rest of her health
is sufficient, I will have the opportunity to give her a gift of one of
my own kidneys. Your courage has had a positive influence for me and my
outlook toward her health. It's a blessing to be able to care for such
a brave person. I'll add you along with my wife to the top of my "heroes"
list. Thanks, I'll be looking for you to row past my boat.
Lot's of luck,
Dick Krakowski

The Ocean Rowing Society  wish you and your wife well on your journey... I am sure if Tori were able to e-mail you she would encourage you with the path ahead... (tom lynch ORS)

From: <>
Date sent: Thu, 9 Jul 1998 00:01:09 EDT
Subject: Hey
I heard you are rowing across the Atlantic!! That sounds cool
E-Mail me back if you have time so we can talk about it!
P.S Good-Luck!!

Date sent: Wed, 08 Jul 1998 19:48:12 -0400
From: Brent Bumgarner <>
Subject: Hello from Louisville
Dear Tori,
I am writing to you from my 6 1/2 year old grandson's house. I see Lamar
every Sunday at church and talk about you.
Good Luck,
Margaret Campbell
St. Matthews

Date sent: Wed, 08 Jul 1998 18:22:25 -0500
From: Pat Ross <>
Subject: good luck
Tori, we all wish you a safe crossing. God bless. The Ross family, Dexter

From: <>
Date sent: Wed, 8 Jul 1998 22:54:56 EDT
Subject: I was a bit skeptical but...
Good evening from Louisville! Hope you are well and your spirits are up. I
read about your previous attempt with your friend that did not work out. I
questioned your sanity and your true motivation! But I read your quote about
wishing to be no where else in the world but where you find yourself and that
changed my mind. Good luck and good rowing! David Gravatte

From: <>
Date sent: Wed, 8 Jul 1998 22:42:41 EDT
Subject: Tori
Great going, Tori!
And best of luck!
Paul O.
Louisville, KY, USA.

Date sent: Wed, 08 Jul 1998 17:47:23 -0400
From: Jim Watson <>
Subject: Way To Go, Torrie
Torrie - When you first started - I had to laugh - there was no way you
were going to row the Atlantic by yourself -- probably out 50 miles --
phfttt --
But -- I said if you did get out 1,000 miles, I'd send you a message.
Been following you from Day 1 -- you've made a believer out of me.
I'll be watching you all the way across. Way to go, Torrie.
All the best.
Jim Watson - Maryland

Date sent: Wed, 08 Jul 1998 17:44:46 -0400
From: Kris Micallef <>
Subject: your trip
Hello again. I just wanted to drop you a line and say that i hope all is
well with you. We all believe you have what i takes to make it to your
destination. Good luck and God Bless!

From: <>
Date sent: Wed, 8 Jul 1998 21:21:26 EDT
Subject: Best wishes
Hello, Tori Murden
    10 YEARS OLD
From: "Larry Townsend" <>
Date sent: Wed, 8 Jul 1998 17:16:50 -0400
Tori -
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Larry G. Townsend
From: "Receveur, Sharon" <>
Subject: Msg to Tori-Victoria
Date sent: Wed, 8 Jul 1998 16:50:08 -0400
Your incredible journey is getting some nice press here these days - as
well it should! We all think it's about time. YOU GO GIRL! The Web
page about the crossing is wonderful. The number of hits to the site
shows the level of interest, concern, and support for you that we all
have. I wish we could all chat with you en route. I have a zillion
questions, like: do you hum songs to keep your rhythm? Do you
experience elbow or knee stress? What happens if you get a toothache?
Are the stars as mesmerizing as I imagine they are on the ocean? What
has been your best day, and why? Your worst, and why? My swimming
buddies on Lakeside's Masters Team chatted in the locker room this
morning about your trip. I told them I would be sending you a message.
They asked that I convey to you their best wishes. We are all athletes
and we know something of the need to focus, have a goal, train through
the pain, etc., but we are all in awe of you! What a beacon you are and
will be to the next generation of young women! We promise you a dinner
when you come home. Anywhere along Frankfort Avenue. Be safe ...
Sharon Receveur
P.S. We're muddling along at City Hall without you, but hurry home. We
don't know how long we can hold out!

From: <>
Date sent: Wed, 8 Jul 1998 20:12:53 EDT
Subject: You Go Girl!
To identify myself, I, like many others, was a supporter of your and Louise's
attempt to participate in the Atlantic Rowing Race.
We in Louisville are very pleased with your progress in this row. Thought you
might want to know you were the subject of Milton Metz's broadcast today. He
stated the information regarding your statement to the personnel of the
fishing vessel. Your positive attitude is encouraging to us all. We in
Louisville will continue to watch your progress in The Courier-Journal, via
national news, and through this web site. Continued good luck and progress to
Evelyn Figa, Louisville, KY

From: <>
Date sent: Wed, 8 Jul 1998 19:46:05 EDT
Subject: Keep moving ahead Tori!
Your doing what most of us could only wish of doing in a lifetime, each day we
look forward to seeing the progress you are making and its amazing how well
your doing,,,Keep looking ahead and know that we are all behind you during
your History making journey. Wish you God speed, Rick/Mick/T

From: <>
Date sent: Wed, 8 Jul 1998 19:15:28 EDT
Subject: Keep the faith
You don't know me but i read in the Courier Journal this morning what you
are doing. I think it's great. I just finished running the San Diego
marathon 2 1/2 weeks ago and I think it would be neat to climb a mountain.
I'm not ready yet to row across the ocean. Best of luck to you.
Tom Rose
Louisville, KY

From: <>
Date sent: Wed, 8 Jul 1998 17:28:24 EDT
Subject: WEBSITE

From: <>
Date sent: Wed, 8 Jul 1998 17:25:10 EDT
YOU GO GIRL!!!!!!!!!!!

From: <>
Date sent: Wed, 8 Jul 1998 17:23:17 EDT
Subject: IT'S ME!
Hey Tori!
It's just lil' ole me, Angela Howard, from the Collegiate Varsity Girls Team
(how prestigious!) Thought I'd drop you a line to wish you good luck (not
like you need it, or anything). I don't know if or when you'll get this, but
I just wanted to thank you for all the rowing tips and hauling our boat all
over the country! :-) So the LCS team is rooting for ya, and I have no
doubts that you'll make it to France! Adios!
# 2 Rower on the LCS Team (Jeez, I love that!)

Date sent: Wed, 08 Jul 1998 11:41:23 -0500
From: "Timothy G. Barrett" <>
Subject: Message for Tori Murden
Hello Tori, I am Timothy Barrett, of Louisville, Kentucky. I am very
proud to be from the same city as an outgoing, athletic adventurer as
yourself. You embody the American ethic for hard work and lofty goals
which makes this country successful. Although the success of your many
adventures, today and those you have yet to imagine, falls less upon
your shoulders than upon providence, the strength and resolve in your
heart and soul will play a greater role than your training and
endurance. You are never alone in world that values such courage and
determination. Our thoughts and prayers follow for your safety and your
spiritual growth. You are already a hero to your friends and
acquaintances. Keep your spirits high, focus on your daily goals, and
we will celebrate your great adventure when you return to us.

From: "Milne, Cathleen" <MilneC@GOJO.COM>
Date sent: Wed, 8 Jul 1998 11:34:34 -0400
Row it, baby!!!! You can do it!!!! What roles do the men on board

From: "Thornsbury, Sandy" <>
Date sent: Wed, 8 Jul 1998 11:00:14 -0400
Keep rowing.

From: "Sutherland, Judy" <SutherlandJ@GOJO.COM>
Subject: Way to Go
Date sent: Wed, 8 Jul 1998 10:40:06 -0400
Greetings from AKRON, OHIO
My sister from Louisville told me about you rowing the Atlantic Ocean.
Keep up the great job, God Bless you during your trip!!
Judy Sutherland

From: "Crossett, Rich" <>
Subject: Message for Tori Murden
Date sent: Wed, 8 Jul 1998 10:26:02 -0400
Good luck on the balance of your journey. Those of us in Louisville are
cheering you on...we are certain your best shot will be successful.
Rich Crossett

From: "Reichardt, Janet" <>
Date sent: Wed, 8 Jul 1998 10:13:04 -0400
Way to go girl.....All the luck in the world...Prayers are with

From: <>
Date sent: Wed, 8 Jul 1998 10:45:13 EDT
Subject: Hi Tori!
Hi! How are you? I'm fine here. It must be boring rowing for that long! You
certainly are couragous! I think you will make it if you row your hardest!
Also, I'd really really like it if you e-mailed me back saying your progress!
If so, thank you!!!,
Diane L. E.
From Louisville, Kentucky

From: <>
Date sent: Wed, 8 Jul 1998 10:40:58 EDT
Subject: Fair skies and calm waters
Go Tori Go. Was good to read of your progress in the CJ this morning. We are
with you. God speed.and watch over you. Mary and Leonard Kernen.

From: "anette hebebrand" <>
Date sent: Wed, 08 Jul 1998 08:06:26 PDT
hi, tori
looks like you're doing good. sorry about the winds in recent days; they
could possibly bring you some rain - so you can take another one of
these baths you described sometime ago. here is one for you - spencer
and i are discussing the term cockpit - you used it in your letter as
well - where does it really come from? when you get to brest, maybe you
can tell us! charleston is doing good. i'm picking up louise this pm
from the airport. she seems fine. a lot of people think of you - so keep
up the good work, enjoy the waves, the air and all that nature has to
a bientot - ah

From: "gargar" <>
Date sent: Wed, 8 Jul 1998 11:00:21 +0900
Way to go Tori! I hope you are doing okay out there. I would be scared to
death! My son wants to know if you have seen any sharks. Take care of
yourself. May God be with you! This is so cool to watch you progress on
the internet each day! Row, row , row your boat.....
From: "eswhite" <>
Subject: Good wishes to Tori
Date sent: Wed, 18 Jun 1997 02:16:12 -0400

Good wishes from Ethel and Galen White in Louisville

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