One of the most powerful elements present in the ending of the memoir is how it showed the post- "Rocket Boys" life of each. All of them had gone to college and wound up doing something that was outside the traditional path of boys from Coalwood. We learn early on that some few chosen ones from Coalwood go to college or university on football scholarship, while the vast majority go and work in the mine. The Rocket Boys forged a different path with college educations and some type of professional job afterwards. Insurance salesman, business owners, or Homer joining NASA and training astronauts all reveal paths that were taken where dreams were pursued and education being a vital part of this process.