by Sukey HowardDecember, 1998
Take flightHomer H. Hickam, Jr.'s Rocket Boys: A Memoir, performed by Beau Bridges, is the kind of all-American story that makes it clear that dreams can still become reality in this fair land. Sonny Hickam grew up in Coalville, West Virginia, where the coal mine and high-school football were the only major concerns. Just after the Russians launched Sputnik in 1957, Sonny, mesmerized by the soaring satellite, launched himself and a loyal band of friends into the all-consuming task of making their own rockets. They became the Rocket Boys and, in time, town heroes. The Boys started small, but within a few years their rockets hurtled high above the mountains. Hickam, now a distinguished NASA engineer, tells his story with feeling and appreciation and often sounds as amazed and pleased as when his first rocket took flight.
Sukey Howard reports on spoken word audio each month.