Man And Woman Of The Year: Hitting Close to Home

HOME and family are the focus of Middle American morality. Thus the women of Middle America are often more disturbed than their husbands by the assaults on that morality. They usually reduce large issues to the immediate scale of their lives: inflation is a steak not served, law and order a five-year-old son who must walk six uncertain blocks to school. Their voices are not so much shrill as perplexed.

Mrs. Mildred Budion, 39, the wife of a New York City patrolman, worries about her changing neighborhood in the Sheepshead Bay area of Brooklyn. The Budions send their five children to Catholic...

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