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Rocket Boys: A Memoir Summary
Homer Hickam

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Rocket Boys: A Memoir Summary

Plot Summary

Homer "Sonny" Hickham Jr. grows up in Coalwood, a small town of 2000 people, hewn out of the West Virginia wilderness, a town built to extract bituminous coal from the earth beneath it. The second son of the coal mine superintendent Homer Hickham and his wife Elsie, Sonny, his parents and his brother, Bill, live a few hundred yards from the mine entrance. The kids from Coalwood grow up to enter the military or be miners. Sonny has no inspiration for a future outside of his home town until his life is changed in 1957. Sonny's imagination is captured when Sputnik, the first satellite put into orbit by the Russians, flies across the West Virginia sky. Fascination with stories of the desperate race by American scientists and engineers at Cape Canaveral, including rocket scientist Dr. Wernher von Braun, to catch up with the Russians, and an article on rocket mechanics...

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