The son of George L. Carter, William Laird is a charismatic and intelligent figure who oversees mining in Coalwood for years, and wields a huge amount of power over the townspeople. Laird, nicknamed “The Captain,” ensures that the quality of the miners’ lives is very high—he installs churches, parks, and schools throughout the town. Laird is also instrumental in promoting Homer Hickam Sr. to his position as the superintendent of the mine in Coalwood.
The timeline below shows where the character William Laird appears in Rocket Boys. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1: Coalwood
...and medical services. Under Carter’s guidance, Coalwood became an important mining site. Carter’s son, William Laird, was a Stanford graduate and a talented engineer, whom everyone called “The Captain.” Laird ensured... (full context)
Chapter 2: Sputnik
...company that owns Coalwood. Many of the miners in Caretta hate Homer Sr. for taking The Captain ’s job. There’s also Premier, a “red light” area where prostitutes hang out. The next... (full context)