Suburbia: Christmas Present

The commuter town of Darien, Conn., has recently felt much abused. Feature writers portrayed it as a horrible example of suburban depravity in the wake of the trial of 19-year-old Michael V. Smith, who got drunk at a couple of debutante parties, drove a station wagon into a tree, and killed a 17-year-old companion. All the parent-hosts were haled into court under a controversial law against giving a drink to anyone under 21. Then, to make matters worse, a star prosecution witness at the trial, William Alpert, 20, was arrested for the possession of marijuana. But last week the...

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