The Bruce Collins Show- 07/03/14- Guests: Pete Seat, former spokesman for President George W. Bush, and Homer Hickam, the central character from the movie October Sky

Pete Seat

A former spokesman for President George W. Bush, U.S. Sen. Dan Coats and the Indiana Republican Party, Seat works at Indianapolis-based public affairs consulting firm Hathaway Strategies. He has appeared on numerous Fox News and MSNBC programs including “Happening Now,” “The Daily Rundown with Chuck Todd,” and “Hardball with Chris Matthews”. He also has published columns in outlets including Politico, MSNBC.com and The Indianapolis Star, and is the author of the forthcoming book “The War on Millennials.” From June 2005 to January 2009, Seat served on President George W. Bush’s White House staff, including as deputy assistant press secretary. He traveled to 23 countries with the president, logged thousands of miles aboard Air Force One, and was one of only a handful of staff in the Oval Office during the first gathering in 25 years of all living presidents at the White House.  A native of Schererville, Seat is a graduate of the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s degree in theater arts and was an alternate delegate to the 2004 Republican National Convention from Arizona, and again in 2012 representing Indiana.

About Homer – Biography
Homer H. Hickam, Jr. was born on February 19, 1943, the second son of Homer and Elsie Hickam, and was raised in Coalwood, West Virginia. He graduated from Big Creek High School in 1960 and from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute (Virginia Tech) in 1964 with a BS degree in Industrial Engineering. A U.S. Army veteran, Mr. Hickam served as a First Lieutenant in the Fourth Infantry Division in Vietnam in 1967-1968 where he won the Army Commendation and Bronze Star medals. He served six years on active duty, leaving the service with the rank of Captain.

Hickam has been a writer since 1969 after his return from Vietnam. At first, he mostly wrote about his scuba diving adventures for a variety of different magazines. Then, after diving on many of the wrecks involved, he branched off into writing about the battle against the U-boats along the American east coast during World War II. This resulted in his first book, Torpedo Junction (1989), a military history best-seller published in 1989 by the Naval Institute Press.

In 1998, Delacorte Press published Hickam’s second book, Rocket Boys: A Memoir, the story of his life in the little town of Coalwood, West Virginia. It became an instant classic. Rocket Boys has since been translated into eight languages and also released as an abridged audio book and electronic book. Among it’s many honors, it was selected by the New York Times as one of its “Great Books of 1998” and was an alternate “Book-of-the-Month” selection for both the Literary Guild and Doubleday book clubs. Rocket Boys was also nominated by the National Book Critics Circle as Best Biography of 1998. In February, 1999, Universal Studios released its critically-acclaimed film October Sky, based on Rocket Boys (The title October Sky is an anagram of Rocket Boys). Delacorte subsequently released a mass market paperback of Rocket Boys, re-titled October Sky. October Sky reached the New York Times # 1 position on their best-seller list.

Mr. Hickam’s first fiction novel was Back to the Moon (1999) which was also simultaneously released as a hardcover, audio book, and eBook. It has also been translated into Chinese.

The Coalwood Way (2000), a memoir of Homer’s hometown he calls “not a sequel but an equal,” was published by Delacorte Press and is available in abridged audio, eBook, large print and Japanese. It was an alternate “Book-of-the-Month” selection for Doubleday book club. His third Coalwood memoir, a true sequel, was published in October 2001. It is titled Sky of Stone (2001). Sky of Stone is presently under development as a television movie. His final book about Coalwood was published in 2002, a self help/inspirational tome titled We Are Not Afraid: Strength and Courage from the Town That Inspired the #1 Bestseller and Award-Winning Movie October Sky.

His latest work is the novel Red Helmet (2008) published by Thomas Nelson. He is also the author of a popular series of novels that feature Josh Thurlow, a Coast Guard officer during World War II. The series began with The Keeper’s Son (2003), then continued with The Ambassador’s Son (2005) and The Far Reaches (2007).

While working on his writing career, Mr. Hickam was employed as an engineer for the U.S. Army Missile Command from 1971 to 1981 assigned to Huntsville, Alabama, and Germany. He began employment with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration at Marshall Space Flight Center in 1981 as an aerospace engineer. During his NASA career, Mr. Hickam worked in spacecraft design and crew training. His specialties at NASA included training astronauts on science payloads, and extravehicular activities (EVA). He also trained astronaut crews for many Spacelab and Space Shuttle missions, including the Hubble Space Telescope deployment mission, the first two Hubble repair missions, Spacelab-J (the first Japanese astronauts), and the Solar Max repair mission. Prior to his retirement in 1998, Mr. Hickam was the Payload Training Manager for the International Space Station Program.

In 1984, Mr. Hickam was presented with Alabama’s Distinguished Service Award for heroism shown during a rescue effort of the crew and passengers of a sunken paddleboat in the Tennessee River. Because of this award, Mr. Hickam was honored in 1996 by the United States Olympic Committee to carry the Olympic Torch through Huntsville, Alabama, on its way to Atlanta.

In 1999, the governor of the state of West Virginia issued a proclamation in honor of Mr. Hickam for his support of his home state and his distinguished career as both an engineer and author and declared an annual “Rocket Boys Day.”

For recreation, Mr. Hickam still loves to SCUBA dive. He also jogs nearly every day. A new avocation is amateur paleontology. He works with Dr. Jack Horner in Montana every summer. Most of all, however, he loves to write.

Mr. Hickam is married to Linda Terry Hickam, an artist and his first editor and assistant. They love their cats and share their time between homes in Alabama and the Virgin Islands.

BRUCE COLLINS is a former pro wrestling promoter, an author of three published books (one of them with Brett Wagner, the host of The Speed Channel’s PASS TIME and voice of Monster Garage and another book with Ric Drasin, the middle Hulk in the 1970’s Incredible Hulk tv show with Bill Bixby and the creator of the Gold’s Gym logo) and the former book reviewer of Monster Radio, which was nationally syndicated in 84 radio markets. Bruce has hosted The Bruce Collins Show (and its’ genesis known as The Big Finale) since January, 2006. The Bruce Collins Show graduated to AM radio in 2009 and spent two years broadcasting at WSMN 1590 AM in Nashua, New Hampshire and WWZN 1510 AM in Boston, MA. Currently, the program resides online at www.fringeradionetwork.com . Based on the AM radio exposure, he was approached by the History Channel’s Decoded TV (with bestselling author Brad Meltzer) to audition for their program. After learning he would have to interview occultists and numerologists without expressing his own opinions, he turned down the invitation. Bruce’s grandfather was a Pastor in various locations in the United States for over 50 years.  Bruce is the self-proclaimed Baron of Broadcasting and the ‘Clown Prince of Doom’.

CHAD MILES is the co-host of The Bruce Collins Show. He is also a former contributing editor for Defense Watch Magazine and former contributor to The Michigan Journal. In 2006 Chad ran for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in Michigan’s 14th Congressional District. He served seven years on active duty with the 82nd Airborne Division, 2nd Infantry Division and the 5th Special Forces Group. His Military service as an infantryman and intelligence analyst took him around the world with service in the countries of Jordan, Egypt, South Korea and Panama.  Chad is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion. He was the creator and founder of the wildly popular Hearken the Watchmen website which featured articles from Chuck Missler, L.A. Marzulli, Michael Hoggard and many others. Miles appeared on Coast to Coast AM with George Noory to talk about drones over Miami, Florida. Chad is known as “The Odometer” and “Captain Doomsday.”

THE BRUCE COLLINS SHOW is known as the new theatre of the mind in a way that no other program is able to capture. It is an ‘out of the box’ program, having interviewed a plethora of guests, such as Jesse Ventura, Kevin Trudeau, Gerald Celente, Alex Jones, Texe Marrs, L.A. Marzulli, Congressman James Rogan, Stryper’s Michael Sweet, Megadeth’s Dave Ellefson, Actor Brett Wagner, stuntman Chris Carnel, WND’s Joseph Farah, Wally “Famous” Amos, “The Creature from the Black Lagoon” Ben Chapman, Patrick Heron, Joe Ortiz, Jack Abramoff, Nick Redfern, Micah Hanks, Coast to Coast AM’s John B. Wells, Ralph Epperson, Patrick Wood, Ray Comfort, nationally syndicated radio host Rusty Humphries, political consultant Roger Stone,  wrestling legends Ivan Koloff and Jake “The Snake” Roberts, Dr. Jeffrey Meldrum, Frank Joseph, financial analyst and author John Rubino, former managing editor of Forbes Stewart Pinkerton, Robert Kiyosaki, Pamela Geller, Jim Marrs, Machine Gun Preacher Sam Childers, Jerome Corsi, The Collins Brothers, Trey Smith, Bumfights’ Rufus Hannah, Erik Rush, Mike Heiser, Gary Franchi, former Major League Ballplayer John Rocker,  Dr. Stanley Monteith and many others.

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