YOUTH: Crestubilee

In Creston, Iowa (pop. 8,317), high-school graduation time was approaching, and parents were worried.

Custom in Creston, as in hundreds of small towns across the U.S., demands that the high-school kids take off after the annual senior prom and speed merrily around the countryside until dawn. As plans rolled along for the traditional all-night sprees, the elders frowned, though not entirely on moral grounds. Auto accidents worried them most: in the May 1-June 10 periods since 1946, 50 Iowa teen-agers have died on the highways, most of them on prom night. The all-night...

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