Tuesday, August 12, 2008


Well last night Garet and I got to go to dinner with Homer Hickam and his wife Linda. If you don't know him, he wrote the book Rocket Boys which led to the movie October Sky. (An awesome movie if you haven't seen it!) It is actually a true story about his life. Crazy how we met up with Homer....

When we were back on St. John for our anniversary 2 months ago, we ran across our good friend Debbie. We were literally on our way to return our rental car and jump on the ferry to leave the island and head home. Debbie had been off island while we were there, so it was just a crazy chance that we saw her walking into town our last day there. We stopped to chat for a bit, and she mentioned that she had met Homer Hickam and his wife a few weeks earlier. Turns out Homer owns a house on St. John and he lives here in Huntsville! She told us that we must meet up with him.

Garet and I have a hard time remembering names (as I know most people do!) so we were trying to remember "Homer Hickam" on the drive back home after our trip. I was trying to find a good radio station, and as I was flipping channels we heard it, "Homer Hickam..." turns out he was doing a radio interview! How crazy! So long story short - Garet got their email address and we set up to have dinner and talk ISLANDS MON!

We had a really great time. The food and conversation was great. They are amazing people that really have very interesting stories to share! Again, if you haven't read the book or seen the movie, I highly recommend them!!

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