A letter from the Publisher

THE writer of this week's cover story on Suburbia is about as expert as a man can be on the subject of the suburban wife: he is married to one. TIME Associate Editor Jesse Birnbaum, his wife Elizabeth and their two children—David. 9. and Daniel 4—live in a well-mortgaged, brick and shingle split-level in the seven-year-old Lakeville Estates development in East Meadow, L.I., 30 miles east of Manhattan. There. Mrs. Birnbaum who holds an M.A. from the Eastman School of Music, and was once a member of the music faculty at Baylor University, is an active professional violist and music instructor,...

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