Pompeo Coppini was unlucky even when he was lucky.
'Lonesome Dove' made a huge impression on the Texas psyche. People name dogs and cats and horses and even children after its heroes.
It was 1966. "My friend called me one day from San Antonio and said, 'Lonn, they are organizing a world’s fair in San Antonio and they are paying writers $10,000 a year. Get down here!'"