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...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!