Americana: Unsafe at Any Speed

For 29 years, Irving and Annette Herman drove around Bridgeport, Conn., in cars whose license plates bore the first two letters of each of their names: IRAN.

Came the energy crunch of 1974, and passing drivers began to gesture impolitely. The Hermans persisted. But needless to say, things got worse recently. One night the Hermans found a note on their windshield: "The only reason I don't set fire to your car is because I'm not sure you're Iranian. Go home if you are."

That did it. Irving hustled down to the motor vehicle...

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