Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. speaks at Professional Development Conference

WV Adult Education Association Inc. Ambassador Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. shares his story of obtaining his High School Equivalency Diploma and what it means to him to gather adult educators at their 2023 annual professional development conference.

Award winning creator Daniel Boyd returns to the Big Time Talker!


This episode was recorded live at the American Library Association’s annual conference in Chicago.

Filmmaker, author, graphic novelist, playwright, pro wrestler, teacher, parent, and more – there aren’t many things Danny Boyd hasn’t done. This week Daniel Boyd returns to the Big Time Talker Podcast to talk about his newest release while looking back on his time in entertainment.

Daniel’s most recent creative endeavors include award-winning children’s books.

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Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA), the nation’s only congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated to the needs of Vietnam War veterans and their families, presented best-selling author and retired NASA engineer and astronaut trainer Homer Hickam with its prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at the 21st biennial VVA National Convention in Orlando FL.

The award presentation followed Hickam’s captivating and heartfelt Keynote Speech on legacy at the event’s Opening Ceremonies earlier this month.
Mr. Hickam is a decorated U.S. Army 4th Infantry Division Vietnam War veteran and New York Times #1 best-selling author of 19 books, including his acclaimed memoir “Rocket Boys,” the basis for the hit Universal Studios film “October Sky.” Homer’s latest book, “Don’t Blow Yourself Up,” details his service in Vietnam, his long career with NASA, and as a best-selling author.

“The Lifetime Achievement Award honors Homer’s service in the Vietnam War and his phenomenally successful writing career, along with his longtime work as a NASA engineer,” said Jack McManus, VVA’s National President. “From its beginnings in 1978, one of VVA’s missions has been to counteract media-fed negative stereotypes of Vietnam War veterans by recognizing veterans, who like Homer, have come home from the war, embarked on successful careers, and contributed to the betterment of American society.”

The VVA National Convention, held from August 8-12, 2023, at the Rosen Centre in Orlando, brought together over 700 delegates from VVA chapters nationwide and hundreds of other Vietnam War veterans and guests. The convention provided a platform for delegates to shape the organization’s future, featuring informative sessions, inspiring speakers, and special events.

Vietnam Veterans of America remains committed to preserving the legacy of its organization and supporting the needs of Vietnam War veterans and their families. The VVA continues to fulfill its mission of honoring and empowering those who have served.

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