Youth: The Night of the Teen-Ager

It was a nice-looking group. The men wore quiet ties and dark, well-fitting suits; the women, mostly hatless and coifed for the occasion, were in simple knits or tweeds, just the thing for the suburbs—even an appearance in court. These were the parents whose arrest for violation of a Connecticut statute against serving liquor to minors has sent a shock wave of there-but-for-the-grace-of-God-go-I across the country (TIME, Oct. 2).

The evening of last June 22 in Darien, Conn., had seemed like many another summer night. A vice president of the Johns-Manville Corp., Francis...

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