Date: Fri, 10 Oct 1997 08:38:27 -0700

From: Peter Richardson prichard[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]LINFIELD.EDU

Subject: Re: What's a chrome?

car. The Mercedes symbol just screws right off. How do I know? Because

Since the late 50s that star has been affixed to a transverse bar

under the top of the grille by means of a strong spring, allowing the

star to be bent this way and that, but not unscrewed or broken off.

Serious thieves, of course, can solve the puzzle with a hefty cable

cutter, which probably would have been termed a "star buyer" back then if

the practice had existed. I suggest this because telephones used to be

"liberated" from public booths by means of "phone buyers" wielded by bored

adolescents. As Peggy said: nothing new under the sun.