"When I was a little girl like you,
I went up in Sputnik Number Two."
And so begins a poem I wrote almost 50 years ago. I don't remember the rest, but that doesn't matter.
October 6 is the 50-year anniversary of Sputnik and the beginning of a brilliant career for "Rocket Boy" Homer Hickam.
Anyone who has read the book, Rocket Boys, by Mr. Hickman, or seen the movie October Sky, and has not been moved by the dedication of teacher, Freida Riley, well, you can just skip over this blog. Had it not been for her persistence in pushing the Rocket Boys to continue, who knows whether they would've achieved their dreams. Thank you, Miss Riley.
Another interesting note: The movie title, October Sky, is an anagram of Rocket Boys!
Learn more about this year's October Sky Festival
All the Rocket Boys will be there!
Read more about Rocket Boys, and all of Homer Hickam's books.