The 2008 One
Book One Siouxland grand finale weekend
kicked off with a City-wide rocket launch on Saturday,
April 26, at West Middle School. Nearly
50 people came to launch rockets, including some who
brought the rockets they
had made at the public libraries.
Having discussed the 1950s memoir, Rocket
Boys, by Homer Hickam, Jr., in private book clubs
and public coffee shops and libraries throughout Siouxland,
the 2008 initiative culminated with the showing of October
Sky at the Orpheum Theatre on Saturday
and Sunday, April 26-27. Scores of people attended the
Lee Cooke, one of the original rocket boys, was
in Sioux City both days. Rocket Boys fans
Lee Cooke at the Orpheum between showings.
Fans of the Rocket Boys also could meet Roy Lee
the South Sioux City Public Library on Saturday, April 26, and
at The Wilbur Aalfs (Main) Library on Sunday, April
27. He gave a talk, "Aiming for the Sky," at both locations.