Youth: Darien's Dolce Vita

"One of the most forthright witnesses have ever encountered," is the way Circuit Judge Rodney S. Eielson described William G. Alpert, 20, of Darien, Conn., at last month's trial and conviction of 19-year-old Michael Smith for negligent homicide in the car-crash death of Nancy Hitchings. Alpert, Smith's chum at Norwalk Community College, a night school, had volunteered vivid descriptions of staggering drunkenness at the debutante party that preceded the fatal accident. He himself did not drink, said Alpert, airily explaining: "I have no need to dull my senses."

Not with alcohol. Last...

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