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INSTRUCTIONS: You should feel free to answer as many (or as few) of these questions as you see fit. This project relies on the frank, accurate and detailed recollections of people like you in order to reconstruct a dramatic historical event. We encourage you to take the time to recall as much as you possibly can about the power failures ("blackouts") that struck the New York metropolitan area in 1965, and again in 1977.

Your responses will be used in the Blackout History Project's web page.

Section I: Experience

I.1 Which blackout(s) did you experience?

 

    If other, please specify:

I.2 In your own words, tell the story of your experience in the blackout(s). Try to recall specific events and the people, places and things involved; also include more general reactions, images and last impressions:

 

I.3 Why did the blackout(s) happen in your opinion?

 

I.4 What is your opinion regarding the general causes of power failures("blackouts")?

 

I.5 Did either blackout seem significant or shocking at the time?

 

I.5a Why did you consider the blackout(s) to be significant or insignificant?

 

I.6 How did the blackout(s) affect you?

 

I.7 What happened to your perception of the blackout(s) when you heard the news about the full scope of the event(s)?

 

I.8 How would you compare the blackout(s) to "normal" power failures you have experienced at other times?

 

I.9 What affect, if any, did the blackout(s) have on your opinion of Consolidated Edison Company?

 

I.10 If you experienced both the 1965 and 1977 blackouts, please compare them (describe the ways in which they were similar/different):

 

I.11 Did the blackout(s) have any larger meaning in your mind?

 

    If yes, please explain:

I.12 Did the blackout(s) cause any profound crisis?

 

    If yes, please explain:

I.13 How did the blackout(s) affect your daily reliance on electricity?

 

    If other, please specify:

I.14 This is how the story goes: In November of 1965 the lights went out in New York and crime rates temporarily dropped; there were widespread reports of extraordinary cooperation and trust between strangers caught together in the power failure. In July of 1977, little more than a decade later, the lights went out again in New York. This time, a devastating wave of looting and arson broke out. Does this story ring true to you? Explain why or why not:

 

Section II: Background Information

II.1 Year of birth (Four-digit):

 

II.2 Sex:

 

II.3a Neighborhood you were in during the blackout of 1965:

 

    If other, please specify:

II.3b Neighborhood you were in during the blackout of 1977:

 

    If other, please specify:

II.4a Occupation, if any, during the 1965 blackout:

 

II.4b Occupation, if any, during the 1977 blackout:

 

II.5a Approximate annual income of your household at the time of the 1965 blackout:

 

II.5b Approximate annual income of your household at the time of the 1977 blackout:

 

II.6a Highest level of education attained by you at the time of the 1965 blackout:

 

II.6b Highest level of education attained by you at the time of the 1977 blackout:

 

II.7 Race/Ethnicity:

 

    If other, please specify:

Section III: Contact Information (Confidential)

DISCLAIMER: your personal information will not be published on this web site

III.1 Name:

 

III.2 Email:

 

III.3 How did you hear about this project?

 

III.4 Do you know of anyone else who might remember this event?

 

Section IV: Comments

IV.1 If there is anything else you can remember that is relevant to the blackout(s), but have not mentioned above, please do so here:

 

IV.2 If you can think of any ways in which we might improve this survey, please let us know in the space below:

 

In addition to saving your story to the archive, may we post it on this site?

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Click the Submit button if you wish to contribute your survey response to the Blackout History Project. You will then be directed to the Blackout History Project consent form.


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