Judith M

Whimpy Wonder

In 1963 I drove a 1957 Chevy Impala two-door to the middle school where my young male students took in its styling with interest and respect. But when they saw me pull onto the highway after school and yelled for me to "wind it up, Teach," I got that sinking feeling knowing the end of respect was near. I revved the engine to a hardy volume, swung onto the highway, and got the Chevy up to 35 mph in a dazzling 10 seconds. I still hear those boys booing, guffawing, and yelling that they always knew it was a SIX, a "stinking six."

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