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 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).
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