Recently I posted about seven students from Russellville high and middle schools winning the international rocketry contest at the Paris Air Show in June.  And how they first defeated 700 U.S. teams to get there.

Absolutely one of the most impressive group of students I’ve seen in a long, long time.  As the meeting ended where I met them, my first thought was that we need a short video about this group and their achievement.  For starters, it should be shown to every middle school in the state.

So I’ve been busying seeing what we might be able to do.  My longtime friend, Bob Blalock, at Alabama Power says their communications department is very interested.  Today I spent over an hour with Roy Clem, Executive Director of Alabama Public Television at the Birmingham offices bringing him up-to-speed about the “rocketeers.”  He too feels that this is a super story and one they are certainly interested in pursuing.

And there will be some readers of this blog who have ideas about such a venture.  Or at least some good connections.

Homer Hickam lives in Huntsville and is retired from NASA.  But he is probably best know for his book, Rocket Boys, based on the story of how he grew up in Coalwood, WV and was inspired by Sputnik in 1957 to become interested in space.  The book was made into the movie, October Sky. 

I’m about halfway through the book and it is a great read.  You can find the entire movie on YouTube.  The more I read, the more I think about the young folks at Russellville and how their story and Homer Hickam’s story parallel.  The Russellville students recently got to meet Homer at Huntsville’s Space & Rocket Center.

If you have thoughts or suggestions, let me know.