Lovell's rich family had disowned him because of his marriage.
But cold war heat launched Lovell and his colleagues further.
That moment in the hotel had been Lovell's wake-up call.
In his professional world and well beyond it, Lovell had become respected, even beloved.
The mark went to pieces. " I'd never seen a man break down that badly, ever, " Lovell says.
What followed was a moment Lovell would look back on as the hinge point of his life.
The con went perfectly. " I took him for an extremely large amount of money, " Lovell says.
Read chapters 12 through 15 of Lovell for next week.
Lovell hopes to move to human clinical trials in the near future, which he says could ultimately lead to a better understanding of how the intestine works.