While Homer got his start at building rockets and wining gold in high school at the 1960 National Science Fair for propulsion, he continued his mission to go onto a prominent engineering University in Appalachia, serve in the US military in Vietnam making it to the ranks of Captain, and eventually make his way to NASA to train astronauts.
His fame extends more from his storytelling, having authored many novels, a few that later became productions. You might remember the movie, October Sky. Look him up, read his books, grab a little taste of Appalachia and its culture. There are many more Big Creek Missile Alliances forming everyday.
Be inspired and fuel up. There is definitely something in the water. Made in Appalachia.