Rocket Boys (Coalwood #1) by Homer HickamUntil I began to build and launch rockets, I didnt know my home town was at war with itself over its children, and that my parents were locked in a kind of bloodless combat over how my brother and I would live our lives. I didnt know that if a girl broke your heart, another girl, virtuous at least in spirit, could mend it on the same night. And I didnt know that the enthalpy decrease in a converging passage could be transformed into jet kinetic energy if a divergent passage was added. The other boys discovered their own truths when we built our rockets, but those were mine.
So begins Homer Sonny Hickam Jr.s extraordinary memoir of life in Coalwood, West Virginia - a hard-scrabble little mining company town where the only things that mattered were coal mining and high school football and where the future was regarded with more fear than hope.
Looking back after a distinguished NASA career, Hickam shares the story of his youth, taking readers into the life of the little mining town of Coalwood and the boys who would come to embody its dreams.
In 1957 a young man watched the Soviet satellite Sputnik shoot across the Appalachian sky and soon found his future in the stars. Sonny and a handful of his friends, Roy Lee Cook, Sherman ODell and Quentin Wilson were inspired to start designing and launching the home-made rockets that would change their lives forever.
Step by step, with the help (and occasional hindrance) of a collection of unforgettable characters, the boys learn not only how to turn scrap into sophisticated rockets that fly miles into the sky, but how to sustain their dreams as they dared to imagine a life beyond its borders in a town that the postwar boom was passing by.
A powerful story of growing up and of getting out, of a mothers love and a fathers fears, Homer Hickams memoir Rocket Boys proves, like Angelas Ashes and Russell Bakers Growing Up before it, that the right storyteller and the right story can touch readers hearts and enchant their souls.
A uniquely endearing book with universal themes of class, family, coming of age, and the thrill of discovery, Homer Hickams Rocket Boys is evocative, vivid storytelling at its most magical.
In 1999, Rocket Boys was made into a Hollywood movie named October Sky starring Chris Cooper, Jake Gyllenhaal and Laura Dern. October Sky is an anagram of Rocket Boys. It is also used in a period radio broadcast describing Sputnik 1 as it crossed the October sky. Homer Hickam stated that Universal Studios marketing people got involved and they just had to change the title because, according to their research, women over thirty would never see a movie titled Rocket Boys so Universal Pictures changed the title to be more inviting to a wider audience. The book was later re-released with the name October Sky in order to capitalize on interest in the movie.
Rocket Boys: A Memoir (Coalwood )
Jan 11, ISBN Feb 16, ISBN Sep 15, ISBN Apr 01, ISBN With the grace of a natural storyteller, NASA engineer Homer Hickam paints a warm, vivid portrait of the harsh West Virginia mining town of his youth, evoking a time of innocence and promise, when anything was possible, even in a company town that swallowed its men alive. Now with 8 pages of photographs. One of the most beloved bestsellers in recent years, Rocket Boys is a uniquely American memoir.
71 downloads Views 3MB Size Report. This content was uploaded by our users and we assume good faith they have the permission to share this book.
you re worth it quotes for him
Click here for access and availability. Click here to access this electronic item.