That Time a Texas Monthly Writer Profiled the Baron of Houston
Editors’ note: As we approach our fiftieth anniversary, in February 2023, we will, every week, highlight an important story from our past and offer some perspective on it. Forty years after its publication, John Davidson still considers his 1982 article “The Very Rich Life of Enrico di Portanova” to be “the most fun story I ever did.” Davidson had written several stories for Texas Monthly over the years, but “Rich Life” marked his first stab at the salacious high-society magazine profile. His subject was Enrico di Portanova, litigious heir to the Cullen oil fortune, who said he was an Italian baron. He was the talk of H-town at the time, though few were willing to talk about him to Davidson when he first started reporting. He tried contacting…
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