An American author and former NASA engineer, Homer Hickam is mostly recognized as the writer of 'Rocket Boys', which was later turned in a film called 'October Sky'. It was also the national best-seller in 1998. Moreover, Hickam was also hired by the NASA to work as an aerospace engineer in Marshall Space Flight Center.
Early Life And Education of Homer Hickam
Homer Hadley Hickam, an American author, former NASA engineer and Vietnam Veteran was born on 19th February 1943. His parents Homer Sr. and Elsie Gardener Hickam, raised Homer and his elder brother Jim Hickam in Coalwood, West Virginia.
Father Homer Sr. worked as a coal mine superintendent.
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Homer graduated from Big Creek High School in 1960. Later in the same year, he attended Virginia Tech and joined the School's Corps of Cadets. In 1964, Hickam graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial engineering from Virginia Tech.
Homer Hickam's Career; Authored Several Books
Prior to starting his career as an author, Hickam served in the U.S. Army as a 1st Lieutenant in the 4th Infantry Division during the Vietnam war. Subsequently, he got honorably discharged in 1970, after six years of active duty with a rank of Captain.
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Not only did he serve in the army, but Hickam also worked as an aerospace engineer at Marshall Space Flight Center after getting hired by NASA.
Though Homer started writing from an early age, it was not until 1981 when he published his first book titled 'Torpedo Junction', which became the best-seller. From here, his career as an author started, following with many successful best seller books such as Rocket Boys, The coalwood Way, Back to the Moon, Carrying Albert Home: The Somewhat True Story of a Man, His Wife And Her Alligator and many more.
Homer also won many prestigious awards such as The Appalachian Heritage Writer's award, the Clarence Cason Awards etc.
Homer Hickam's Net Worth
An American author, former NASA engineer and Vietnam veteran, Homer Hickam is estimated to have a net worth of $1 million. Furthermore, being one of the Newyork's best selling author Hickam has a lot of wealth.
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Hickam also owns few real estates in Alabama and the Virgin Islands. The average price of estates in Alabama is $129,800 and in the Virgin Island, it can cost $350k.
Homer Hickam's Personal Life
In 1998, Homer Hickam married his sweetheart, Linda Terry a fellow artist, his first editor, and assistant. Even though the couple does not share any children together, they live a happy life.
According to the source, Homer was married to another woman prior to his marriage with Linda. The name of his first wife is yet to be disclosed. After nine years of marriage, their relationship hit rock bottom, which led them to divorce in 1986.
Likewise, there isn't any record of them sharing children. Homer and Linda currently reside in Huntsville.
Homer Hickam's Body Measurements
Age: As of 2019, Homer is 76 years old.