Lead: In the early 1960s Richard Bissell was the fair-haired luminary of the CIA. His hubris and naiveté helped pave the way for the disaster at the Bay of Pigs.

                Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

                Content: Richard Bissell was typical of a generation of upper class leaders who were attracted to government service by World War II and stayed around to manage the vastly expanded federal establishment. His roots were pure WASP. His father was head of the Hartford Fire Insurance Company. Groton for prep school, Yale as a precocious undergraduate and research at the London School of Economics led to a short stint teaching at Yale. Poor eyesight prevented combat service, but he signed on with the Shipping Adjustment Board where he developed a brilliant system for keeping track of all cargo ships at sea.

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