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DiCapo says he "raised" $107 million, taking credit for every penny that was donated, earmarked and tax-generated (but mostly tax-generated). "Otherwise, there wouldn't even be a Liberty Memorial."
He also shrugs off his confrontation with Berkheiser. Museum sources say it took place at an unveiling of a donor wall at the World War I Museum last fall. Staff and board members were mortified that the disagreement took place in front of benefactors. DiCapo, however, denies that he had a heated discussion with the general. "Argument? No argument," he says. "He and I are great friends. I hired him." (Berkheiser declined to comment.)
After his ungraceful exit from the Liberty Memorial, DiCapo found another nonprofit to govern. In March, he was named director and president of the board of trustees of the National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame in Bonner Springs.
DiCapo recently sat down with a Shawnee Dispatch reporter to talk about big plans for the hall. He spoke in the self-confident tones that he used when he over-promised the World War I Museum's ability to stand on its own. "I want somebody to tell me I can't do it," he said.