The most imposing feature of the Kansas City (Mo.) landscape is a Boy Scout leader named Harold Roe Sturdyvant Bartie, who weighs 282 lbs. and is outsized only by his own voice. As the salaried head of the area's Boy Scout Council, and as a businessman (he is a member of 17 boards of directors), part-time lawyer, landlord (he has an interest in a Caracas, Venezuela apartment project), farmer and cattleman (he owns 5,000 acres in Missouri and Oklahoma), educator (he was president of Missouri Valley College at Marshall), civic leader and...

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