Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
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Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
Cape Coalwood. He says this when he was writing to Warner Von Braun.
Snakeroot. 'Snakeroot, that's 8 miles.'
|The night the cable snapped, one man said "A ________ men would have died today, if it hadn't been for your dad.? How many men would have been killed if it wasn't for Homer's dad?||'October Sky' Quiz
12 . 'A dozen men would have died today, if it hadn't been for your dad.'
6. Even though only 4 were shown in the movie, there were 6 in real life.
Valentine. Valentine Carmina was her full name.
blew up. It blew up the fence as well.
John. His name was John. You can hear it many times in the movie. Although in real life his name was Homer.
Miss Riley. Homer and the rest of the Rocket Boys dedicated it to many people, including Miss Riley.
|What was the name of their Snakeroot slackdump?||October Sky
Cape Coalwood. The Big Creek Missle Agency operated at Cape Coalwood.
|What was the Big Creek High School's Principal's name?||October Sky
Ike Bykovski. Ike Bykovski helped the boys build rockets in the machine shop.
|What was the name of the boys' inspiring teacher?||October Sky
Miss Riley. Miss Riley encouraged the boys to enter the science fair, and gave Homer the book: 'Principles of Guided Missile Design.'
|What was the shared name of most of the rockets?||October Sky
Auk. 'Stroke of genius, Homer.'
|Who did Homer recruit to be a rocket boy, after his first rocket failed?||October Sky
Quentin. Homer threw away his social life to talk to Quentin, the school nerd - and genius. Homer later regained his social life after their rockets flew - because of Quentin.
It blew up. His first rocket was packed with 'the powder from 30 cherry bombs.' When asked how high he thought it would fly, he answered '1, maybe 2 miles.'
|What did Homer's mom say, when he said 'I'm gonna build a rocket!'?||October Sky
Well, just don't blow yourself up. More eggs, anybody?. They were eating breakfast, the day after Sputnik flew over. Jim and the dad were talking about football, and Homer said that.
Sputnik. When Homer saw Sputnik fly over, he decided that was how he would get out of Coalwood.
Homer, Quentin, O'Dell, Roy Lee. In real life, there were six boys - Homer, Quentin - who were combined with Billy Rose, in the movie - Roy Lee, and O'Dell - who was combined with Sherman.
|What city and state did Elsie Hickam retire to in the 1970's after John Hickam died?||'October Sky' Quiz
Myrtle Beach, SC. In the middle of the movie, she was painting the wall to look like Myrtle Beach. I go there every year.
Miss Riley. Miss Riley inspired Homer.
|What was the number of Ike Bykovsky's tag that Homer was holding when he won the science fair?||'October Sky' Quiz
723. When Ike Bykovsky died, Homer took his tag and held on to it.
Oregon. The 2nd place winner was a girl from Oregon.
|How many miles is it from the coal company's property to Snakeroot, where the rocket boys' launch site is?||'October Sky' Quiz
8. 'Snakeroot, that's 8 miles from here.'
Olga Coal Company. 'Olga owns this house and half the furniture in it.'
Cape Coalwood. Cape Coalwood has Cape, like all other shuttle sites.
Coalwood,WV. Coalwood was a mining town.
Quentin. Homer approached Quentin at lunch. He asked if Quentin knew anything about rockets, and Quentin answered, "What do you want to know about rockets?"