Homer Hickam Presented by: Haley Bomboy
*Homer Hickam* • Born on February 19, 1943 • Coalwood, West Virginia
Family • Homer Hickam was the second son of Homer Hickam, Sr., and Elsie Hickam. • His father believed his rocket dreams were foolishness and thought he was throwing away a beneficial career in coal-mining. • His mother encouraged Homer’s dreams entirely.
Inspiration • As a teenager, Homer idolized Werner von Braun, the scientist who headed the United State’s space program based in Cape Canaveral. • Growing up one incident that changed his life, was the witnessing of the Soviet satellite Sputnik which sparked his interest in rocket science.
Rocket Boys • Homer and his friends, Roy Lee Cook, Quentin Wilson, Sherman Siers, Jimmy “O’Dell” Carroll, and Billy Rose, formed the Big Creek Missile Agency and began building rockets from spare parts.
Young Accomplishment • They entered they’re rocket project in the 1960 National Science fair. They won the gold medal.
Rocket Boys: A Memoir • Rocket Boys: A Memoir, was published in 1998. • The New York Times selected the book as one of the “Great Books of 1998” and it was also an alternate “Book-of-the-Month” selection for both the Literary Guild and Doubleday book clubs. The memoir was also nominated by the National Book Critics Circle as Best Biography of 1998.
October Sky • In February of 1999, Universal Studios released its critically-acclaimed film October Sky, which was based on Rocket Boys. The title of October Sky is an anagram of Rocket Boys.
Army • Following his schooling he went into the Army. Serving in Vietnam, he served as a First Lieutenant in the Fourth Infantry Division in 1967-1968. Homer served six years on active duty and left the service with the rank of Capitan. • While there he was awarded the Army Commendation and Bronze Star medals. He rose in rank while serving, leaving at the rank of a Capitan.
Books Written By Homer Hickam • In 1969, after his return from Vietnam, Homer began to write.
NASA • Homer was an engineer for the U.S. Army Missile Command from 1971-1981 assigned to Huntsville, Alabama and Germany. • He retired in 1998
sxe Now • Homer and his wife Linda Terry Hickam
Special Thanks to…. • Music by: Elton John • Title – Rocketman • Jake Gyllenhaal for playing Homer Hickam in October Sky • Web Sources • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HomerHickam • http://ny.essortment.com/homerhickamrehr.htm • http://homerhickam.com/about/bio.shtml • http://www.oboc.org/homerhickam.htm • http://www.mountainlit.com/hickmana.htm