Date: Fri, 10 Oct 1997 09:30:32 -0800

From: Grant Smith gsmith[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]EWU.EDU

Subject: Re: What's a chrome?

I haven't heard the word "chromes" used, but I used to park my car outside

my garage (a quiet neighborhood in a small town) until some teenagers

(1988) stole the hood ornament and the chrome nameplate, "Impala," off my

1977 Chevrolet. Of course, they needed a cable cutter and chisel type


The police told me the teenagers wore such things, usually on their black

leather jackets, as trophies and that such action had become very popular.

No hubcaps were ever taken, and a week later the police phoned to say the

specific items had been located and parents of the teenagers had promised


Grant Smith

Eastern Washington University