Quentin Wilson

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Quentin Wilson
Born (1942-11-21) November 21, 1942 (age 74)
William Poca, West Virginia
Residence Amarillo, Texas
Nationality American
Education Big Creek High School, Marshall University
Occupation Engineer
Known for one of the original Rocket Boys

Quentin Wilson (born November 21, 1942 in William Poca, West Virginia) is an American engineer and is one of the original Rocket Boys. His character in the Universal Pictures film "October Sky" was played by Chris Owen. He currently resides in Amarillo, Texas.


Wilson was born to Eston and Jessie Richardson Wilson, who had migrated to the West Virginia coalfields from subsistence farms in Carter County, Tennessee during the Great Depression. The Wilsons had eight children, four sons and four daughters. Only six survived to adulthood, of which Quentin was third oldest, and eldest son.

Wilson attended Big Creek High School with Homer Hickam and the rest of the Rocket Boys. Together this group built several rockets and competed in a National Science Fair.[1]

After graduating from Big Creek, he attended Marshall College in Huntington, West Virginia graduating with a major in Chemistry.[2] He came to Texas to find work in the oil business. He settled in Amarillo in 1973 with Santa Fe Energy and now is an independent engineer married to Janice Birkholz. Wilson has three daughters[1] and travels extensively speaking about the rocket boys' childhood.[3]


  1. ^ a b Chip Chandler (February 19, 1999). "'When I grow up...'". Amarillo News. 
  2. ^ Quentin Wilson bio
  3. ^ Liz Everett (November 14, 2000). "Students prepare for upcoming lecture by Hickam". Amarillo News. 

External links[edit]

Biography on HomerHickam.com