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Contributed by: [name withheld]
Contributed on: August 27, 2000

Which blackout(s) did you experience?

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?
in 1965 (#1) I was a toddler of 13 and was not allowed to stray in the night so we used flashlights and candles at the house. my father came home late. the night was ok as the food in the fridge was eaten probably ice cream was also. we went to sleep . in 1977(#2) I was by then an adult and the city was quite differant than in the former time. the police were forced to admit the corrupt past they had, the role they played in the slow destuction of the lives and businesses of the people. so riots occured immediately at 9.45pm,when the power changed hands, so did the rule of power.the age of lynn da trip from the mayflower was at hand. peanuts, a controled root crop took over the plantation.

Why did the blackouts happen, in your opinion?
a plot definately. david berkowitz went to the dogs.and recieved guidence. the indiginous tribes thew the beads and trinkets to a long walk a bout. wanted to have gambling casino franchises, and the rockaway bungalows. as the uss INDIANAPOLIS it was fate, on the way out, not in. on "it" . lightning people (dressed as indians) threw a tea bag in the switches at various shipside areas. 1 on land 2 by the fulton fishy (det. fishy 102 pct.) swears by atlantic ave. that ...... frank serpico was realy IRISH???/spanish/POLISH and the brooklyn bridge is for sale !

What is your opinion regarding the general causes of power failures (blackouts)?
gremlins/ufo/devils/kali/the mayans/the full moon/forest park women at "it" on the golf course (in the dark only)/ an episode from stepford wives- "drop dead" the missing ford galaxie 500/ hydrogen fuel technology/ experiments ???????????????????????????????????????????x-files/art bell

Did either blackout seem significant or shocking at the time?
Neither was significant

Why did you consider the blackout(s) to be significant or insignificant?
#!1- a biggy #!2 minor the pope knows Y so does uncle don and capt. kangaroo they where at the court the king decreed "it's houdy doody" time" hay there hi there hoooo there car 54 and the baal 4 decision it was way over someones temple and in the other's vitalis and zooom an sst.

How did the blackout(s) affect you?
no sex in the am-- headache

What happened to your perception of the blackout(s) when you heard the news about the full scope of the event(s)?
#1 no school? #2 no work? mabey time for miami or liberty city-- liberty ave. was gone. cops killed it. so the folks could have it their way, not the peoples way. jim jones sent the current a slow ball and the excreetment washed along the shoreline to the tea bag in lynn/ again towards the temple, but the bikini was too teeny weeny so she stayed in the pool typing an answer to you in the bikini

How would you compare the blackout(s) to "normal" power failures you have experienced at other times?
the peanut and the shell where is the peanut? is it in the cart or the gas station or hydrogen as a fuel that water sure is spendy when the shell gas has a muscle head looking for a peanut aye a toll a on the brooklyn bridge- iceberg- on the port bow!!!!!!!!capt. what? do now tarzan? grab jane an run for the trees the jungle mabey idaho kings i queens is for the squeegy less esso- no green stamps! nor plaid stamps- boys see idaho on the dry shore-- fuses or circut breakers! long ago and far away moses told on u. rama&monkeys we r the last chocho2clarksville ka-el

What affect, if any, did the blackout(s) have on your opinion of Consolidated Edison Company?
in retrospect... chernoble was worse. the people did as was

If you experienced both the 1965 and 1977 blackouts, please compare them (describe the ways in which they were similar/different):
not very different the people were ......y? u know y. tv dinners.

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

Did the blackout(s) cause any profound crisis?

How did the blackout(s) affect your daily reliance on electricity?
No effect / same reliance

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:
i am in agreement the story has a ring 2 it. i was not a boy scout, boys club- we were not into knots. explain barny fife. MR KNOTS and ann dee tale oar.............. 1 hundred bottles of black market bottles on the curb and one was drank, 99 bottles of-- on the curb etc. the darlings had a pretty blonde daughter also andee surely knows, expain y. durga was on a night with the girls

Cite as: Anonymous, Story #114, The Blackout History Project, 27 August 2000, <http://blackout.gmu.edu/details/114/>.
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