Among other positions, Hurston later worked at the Pan American World Airways Technical Library at Patrick Air Force Base in 1957. She was fired for being "too well-educated" for her job. 
When the plane landed on Cockleshell Bay, Cameron asked his mother: “Is my face shining?” – And the mother said. – “Why do you ask me that?” – Cameron said. – “Because I’m very happy”. From the plane window he pointed to the beach and said, “Now do you believe me?”. And when he finally got off the plane, he raised his hands to the sky and shouted: “I’m back!”.