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Behind Bridgewater

Bridgewater Associates is notoriously security-conscious.

But last night, “60 Minutes” profiled the Westport-based hedge fund — by some accounts, the world’s largest.

Bill Whitaker’s story focused on founder Ray Dalio. It offered glimpses of the Weston Road headquarters — including not only shots of the exterior, but the seldom-seen interior.

Ray Dalio, at Bridgewater’s Weston Road office.

Cameras even recorded analysts in action, and a staff meeting.

Analysts in action …

Bridgewater has a reputation as a secretive place to work — almost a cult. Nearly every meeting is taped, for later analysis.

In his “60 Minutes Overtime” segment, Whitaker says, “I expected it to be a place where everyone was almost afraid of their own shadow. I didn’t see that at all.”

Click here for the full “60 Minutes” story. Click here for “60 Minutes Overtime.”

… and Bill Whitaker, during a staff meeting.

“Tonight, On ’60 Minutes’…”

Tonight, Lara Logan tells the story of her horrifying sexual assault in Egypt on “60 Minutes.”  It will shine a light on a subject rarely mentioned:  the prevalence of sexual violence affecting female journalists in combat zones.

Prominent in the story is Westport native Max McClellan.

Max McClellan

According to the New York Times, the February assault occurred in Tahrir Square when McClellan — Logan’s longtime producer — as well as a cameraman and 2 local drivers were overpowered by a mob.

The Times said:

A bodyguard who had been hired to accompany the team was able to stay with Ms. Logan for a brief period of time. “For Max to see the bodyguard come out of the pile without her, that was one of the worst parts,” (“60 Minutes” executive producer Jeff) Fager said….

They estimated that they were separated from her for about 25 minutes.

The story noted that another journalist — Times photographer Lynsey Addario, also a Westport native — endured repeated sexual groping after being captured in Libya.

Hearing about Addario’s experience was a “setback” in Logan’s recovery, the Times said.

McClellan and Logan have worked together since 2006, beginning with the “CBS Evening News.”  In 2007 they shared an Emmy Award for stories shot in Ramadi, Iraq — one of the bloodiest frontlines in the war on terror — with a small DV camera.

On the CBS News website, McClellan described his role in those pieces:

Lara came out of Ramadi and immediately started to feed the material via satellite back to Washington, DC, where I work.  It was about 18-20 hours of material.

Then she jumped on a plane.  So as she was flying back to the States where she would write her stories, I was making notes on what she had done.

Once in New York, we worked on scripts and then pulled out our secret weapon:  editor Tom McEneny.  He is one of the very best in the business. He played a pivotal role in figuring out how to knit together all the material in the most compelling way.  The 2 stories wouldn’t have come together as powerfully as they did without him.

Did the Emmy Award change anything?

“Absolutely,” he joked.

“Instead of never being taken seriously, I think it’s fair to say I’m now rarely taken seriously. ”

Tonight, though, “60 Minutes” and Lara Logan tackle a deadly serious subject.

And — as he has done for years — Max McClellan will play a crucial role in that story too.

Edyo’s Monument

Last night “60 Minutes” aired a harrowing piece on the Department of Veterans Affairs’ mistreatment of millions of vets, from Vietnam through today’s conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The department should have hired Edyo Keehan.  He knew how to get things done.

Shortly after Pearl Harbor, the Westport native dropped out of Staples.  He enlisted in the Navy.  There was a war to fight.  He was 17 years old.

He fought in North Africa, Europe and the Pacific.  When the Japanese surrendered at Tokyo Bay, Edyo was there.

He came back to Westport, and worked as a truck manager for 18 years.  He retired, then began a 2nd career in real estate.

But his real job was making sure that Westport’s veterans were not forgotten.  Those from earlier battles — World War I — had their names on a handsome Honor Roll that stood outside the old Town Hall (the stone building next to Restoration Hardware set back from the Post Road; it’s now a bank).  In 1943, Westport artist Stevan Dohanos painted the memorial for a Saturday Evening Post cover.

Four decades later, when Town Hall moved to Myrtle Avenue, the monument was lost.  Edyo vowed to replace it.

It wasn’t easy.  Bureaucracy moves slowly, and veterans were not high on Westport’s list of priorities.

Edyo persisted.  He pushed, prodded, poked and pestered.  A new Honor Roll was created.  In 1998, it was dedicated on Veterans Green — opposite the Myrtle  Avenue Town Hall.

The monument is perfect.  It’s in exactly the right spot, at exactly the right angle.  It looks like it’s been there forever.

The Honor Roll is shaded by trees.  Behind them every Memorial Day, a bugler stands out of sight, playing “Taps.”

The names are etched proudly.  They are there for posterity.  They honor Westporters who defended their country.  They honor Edyo’s neighbors, and friends.

(Edward J. “Edyo” Keehan died Saturday at Norwalk Hospital.  He was 84.  There are no calling hours.  A Mass of Christian Burial will take place Thursday at 10 a.m., at Assumption Church.)

The Honor Roll at Veterans Green (Photo by Jerry Dougherty)