He was ‘goofy and innocent and often annoying,’ but he inspired a tough town to celebrate eccentricities

Michael Hopkins
Michael Hopkins with a picture of his “adopted son,” Tommy Cash Cosman, in Gerlach, Nev. Hopkins petitioned the court to become Cosman’s legal guardian after Cosman’s mother passed away in 2012.
(David Becker / For The Times)

John M. Glionna