Author Homer Hickam discusses October Sky Festival, latest book

By Anna Sale
It was 50 years ago next week that the Russian satellite Sputnick was launched into space and flew above Homer Hickam’s hometown in McDowell County. It inspired Hickam and a group of friends to figure out how to launch their own rockets. The story became the basis for Hickam’s best-selling memoir Rocket Boys, which was later made into the feature film October Sky. Hickam will be back in McDowell County on October 6 for the ninth annual October Sky Festival in Coalwood. He spoke to Anna Sale on the program West Virginia Morning.

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