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

Which blackout(s) did you experience?
Both

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?
1- 1965 i was a teen in school i lived on a side street in richmond hill, queens. the lights went out dad came home late, not much happened any different than other nights except for flashlights and candles. 2-1977 i was an adult in manhattan driving a taxi that night. i drove a man and woman from washington square park (what squares on bycycles)to the bronx right after the power loss. there was a lot of looting and "FREE" shopping. others directed traffic at the corners, on their own. the same on the ride back along burnside ave. to manhattan. freedom of choice. it is one life for each --2 live party lines up-- electic down. on poles the other .look.

Why did the blackouts happen, in your opinion?
electric power out, like the switch on a bulb.

What is your opinion regarding the general causes of power failures (blackouts)?
someone hits the switch. or a fuse melts, similar causes.

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

How did the blackout(s) affect you?
1- no school. 2. i lost $75.00 as gas truck caused me to be towed. then $50. for the battery the tow/ police stole.sears die hard, (PLUG) was ok till then mabey thats y someone stole it. plus loss of nights work after 10pm. $50. total $175. and a trip to get my car from impound.

What happened to your perception of the blackout(s) when you heard the news about the full scope of the event(s)?
someone ran up a big bill. payment was due.

How would you compare the blackout(s) to "normal" power failures you have experienced at other times?
same -no elecric use

What affect, if any, did the blackout(s) have on your opinion of Consolidated Edison Company?
john, lou, and others who work there can't even keep their motorcycles or cars in repair, what did you and the others from the grease pit society expect? compitance? har har har har ha ha ha ha hey go get a mazda hydrogen car, no sells the fuel. suck gas greasers. get a bike walk fart in a bottle .

If you experienced both the 1965 and 1977 blackouts, please compare them (describe the ways in which they were similar/different):
society changed not the electricity.

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?
No effect / same reliance

If other, please specify:
only for the time it took to repair the loss. and the same for most of the society. electric and oil. not hydrogen and muscle bycycles. wacky females on the abort in the greasepit.

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:
true. the grease pit is a cone shaped place similar to a toilet, or the ticket to oz. one goes up or down, and both spin. i know y do u

Cite as: Anonymous, Story #115, The Blackout History Project, 27 August 2000, <http://blackout.gmu.edu/details/115/>.
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