In 1980, a fresh decade was upon us.
Gone: disco and bell bottoms. In: 3 big movements: punk, new wave and preppy.
Preppy, that old, established well- moneyed lifestyle, was finally receiving some recognition (thanks in part to Lisa Birnbach's zeitgest of a manual, The Official Preppy Handbook).
On the silver screen, there he was: our ultimate preppy boyfriend Conrad (Connie to his dad [then we started calling him Connie too!!!]) Jarett, portrayed brilliantly by Timothy Hutton. A college-bound lad from a well-to-do Lake Forest family with major guilt issues below the surface.
Swimmer's build: check
Wool crewnecks with corduroys: check
Sperry Top-Siders: check
Suicide attempts: No check
Why commit suicide, Connie, when you have us pining and waiting in the wings for you? We would make you so happy!!!