Homer Hickam Writer

Homer hickam

Homer Hadley Hickam, Jr. (born February 19, 1943) is an American author, Vietnam veteran, and a former NASA engineer. His autobiographical novel Rocket Boys: A Memoir, was a #1 New York Times Best Seller, is studied in many American and international school systems, and was the basis for the film October Sky. Hickam has also written a number of best-selling memoirs and novels including the "Josh Thurlow" historical fiction novels. His books have been translated into several languages. Homer H. Hickam,Jr. is the second son of Homer, Sr. and Elsie Gardener Hickam (née Lavender) and was raised in Coalwood, West Virginia. He graduated from Big Creek High School in 1960. While there, he led a group of boys who built rockets. They called themselves the Big Creek Missile Agency (BCMA). Taking their designs to the 1960 National Science Fair, the BCMA won a gold and silver medal in the area of propulsion. Hickam graduated from Virginia Tech in 1964 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering. While at Virginia Tech he designed a cannon to be fired at games and during corps of cadets functions.

Personal details

Date of birth
February 19th, 1943
United States of America
Places lived
Huntsville , Alabama
pop. 186,254 (2013)
West Virginia , United States, with Territories
pop. 1,854,304 (2013)




1. Big Creek High School High school

Big Creek High School was a Grade 9 through 12 public high school located in War, West Virginia. It was operated by the McDowell County Schools and governed by the McDowell County Board of Education. Big Creek High School closed after the 2009–2010 school term and was consolidated with nearby Iaeger High School to form Riverview High School.

Type High school
1 Owls Nest Drive, 24892 - War, West Virginia
Official web page boe.mcdo.k12.wv.us
Wikipedia article

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Notable alumni by gender

People attended Big Creek High School connected by profession and/or age

b. 1942., Engineer
b. 1937., Teacher

2. Virginia Tech Colleges/University

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, popularly known as Virginia Tech (VT), is a public land-grant university with the main campus in Blacksburg, Virginia, with other research and educational centers throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia, United States, and internationally.

Institution info

Type Land-grant university
2013. 693 mil. $
2011. 590 mil. $
Institution colors
800 Drillfield Drive, 24061 - Blacksburg, Virginia
2013. 24,034
2011. 23,647
2010. 23,690
2009. 23,558
2013. 6,723
2011. 5,003
2010. 7,316
Acceptance rate
2012. 70.4 %
2010. 67.0 %
Local tuition
2013. 11.5 K $
2011. 10.5 K $
2010. 9.46 K $
2009. 8.61 K $
2008. 8.2 K $
Official web page www.vt.edu
Wikipedia article
Social media

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Notable alumni by career
Notable alumni by gender
Notable alumni by party membership

People attended Virginia Tech connected by profession and/or age

b. 1938., Writer
b. 1948., Writer
b. 1971., Writer
b. 1928., Writer
b. 1952., Writer
b. 1955., Writer

Written work

1.Torpedo Junction

Editions Subjects Co-authors
1989. at Annapolis

2.Rocket Boys

Editions Subjects Co-authors
1998. by Delacorte Press (384 pages)
1999. by Wheeler Publishing (512 pages)
West Virginia
United States of America
Military branch


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