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Meet and Greet with Rocket Boy Homer Hickam

Homer Hickam headshot on a maroon background with text

Thursday, Nov. 11 at 6:30 p.m.
Holtzman Alumni Center
901 Prices Fork Road, Blacksburg, VA 24061

Enjoy an evening with alumnus Homer Hickam ‘64. Hickam is a former NASA engineer, Vietnam War veteran, and the best-selling author of the memoir Rocket Boys, which was adapted into the popular blockbuster movie October Sky.

Hickam will share highlights from his newest book, Don’t Blow Yourself Up, with a reception and book signing to follow.

Registration will include the option to purchase Hickam's book for $24. If you register by Nov. 3, the book will be waiting for you when you check into the event. A portion of the event's registration fee is a gift to the university that will help rehab the Skipper cannon.

Veterans Day events on campus

Virginia Tech will honor Veterans Day and the service of our nation’s military on Nov. 11. 


$10 (with option to purchase the book for $24).


For more information, contact Ginny Ritenour at