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Contributed by: [name withheld]
Contributed on: August 19, 2000

Which blackout(s) did you experience?
1977 (New York City Blackout)

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 adn last impressions?
I WAS THERE ME SCARED SORRY FOR EVERYONE.PEOPLE WAS STEALING CRYING THINGS WAS TERRIFY!!!!!! THAT WAS W.R.O.N.G I WISH THAT NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN TO NYC.ME WHITE SEEING HOW THOSE BLACK PEOPLE GO WILDDDDDDDDDDD.IT'S THAT SOME THING. NOW I'M 54 YRS OLD LIVING PEACEFULLY!

Why did the blackouts happen, in your opinion?
BECAUSE THE ELETRICIRTY WAS HITTIN AND IMPORTANT WIRE AND MESS EVERY THING UP.

What is your opinion regarding the general causes of power failures (blackouts)?
I HAVE NO COMMENT

Did either blackout seem significant or shocking at the time?
1977 only

Why did you consider the blackout(s) to be significant or insignificant?
BECAUSE HOW PEOPLE WERE ALL GOING SO COMOTIONAL YOU KNOW I SAY THAT WAS SIGNIFICANT.

How did the blackout(s) affect you?
PEOPLE WERE PUSHING ME DOWN AND I FELT LIKE I WAS LOSING MY LIFE.I LOST MY STORE THE SUPERMARKET D.A.M.N IT GAVE A LOT OF EFFECT ON ME.

What happened to your perception of the blackout(s) when you heard the news about the full scope of the event(s)?
NOTHING! I HAVE NO COMMENTS

How would you compare the blackout(s) to "normal" power failures you have experienced at other times?
I NEVER HAD NO NORMAL TYPE OF BLACKOUTS

What affect, if any, did the blackout(s) have on your opinion of Consolidated Edison Company?
NONE

If you experienced both the 1965 and 1977 blackouts, please compare them (describe the ways in which they were similar/different):
WELL SAY 1965 WAS NOT SO BAD AS 1977.

Did the blackout(s) have any larger meaning in your mind?
No

Did the blackout(s) cause any profound crisis?
No

How did the blackout(s) affect your daily reliance on electricity?
Became more reliant

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:
YES THE STORY SEEMS TRUE BECAUSE I WAS THERE AND ONE I HEARD.

Cite as: Anonymous, Story #111, The Blackout History Project, 19 August 2000, <http://blackout.gmu.edu/details/111/>.
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