Homer Hickan wrote the true life story Rocket Boys: A Memoir on which the movie October Sky was based. they tell of great adventures 6 boys took in school and in an isolated small coal mining mountain town.
“So, how does it feel to have a movie made about your life?” That was the question I heard most often from the film crew when I visited the movie set where Universal Studios was producing a motion picture based on my book, Rocket Boys: A Memoir.
He offers support material for teachers to use in classes that read and discuss Rocket Boys and his other books. Teacher testimonials indicate that students find value in reading about how six boys built and successfully launced their own rocket in Coalwood.
I wonder how many students will appreciate a teacher as much as these boys still do?
Perhaps teachers will use Google Earth and other online features with mobile PCs to enhance these stories further.
I look forward to students telling how a teacher initiated arrangements to help a student build her first robot from scratch, hand wire his first computer from discarded parts, etc. against many distractions and obstacles.
I’m sure these people and their stories exist in and around schools today. Please pass along any of these kinds of stories for us to read.
Thanks, Homer, and please keep up your great story telling.