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April 7, 2001
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?
I was nearly 10 years old in 1965 when i saw that black out ,i remember i was watching Rodan that japan monster picture on my parents tv, then all of a sudden the tv went off i didnt know what had happen i told my mother she said that the radio and clocks was out too she said it must be a power faliure, it was still day out side it must have been around something after 5pm when it happened, then it started to get dark out then u could see that it was a black out, iwas scared. In 1977 i was 21 when i saw that black out, i was just coming in from driving all day with my brother in our new oldsmobile 98,we both went up stairs i open my window to let some air in the room then i look over the river and saw the Yankee Stadium lights on they was having a game there,then all of a sudden the street lights went out it was just about to turn dark out side and i looked at Yankee Stadium they lights was out too i said oh no i ran and told my parents and my brother they already knew, i heard people in the streets screaming because it had gotten dark out,me and my brother was on our way back out side to check on the car so i decided to take our great dane with us when he got to the hall way he saw how dark it was he wouldnt walk , i had to drag that big dog back in the house, as we past the elavator we heard some people crying on it they was stuck so i told them i would get the fire dept to get them out, the fire dept came and got them out, me and my brother got back in the care and we drove around to see what other areas was affected by the black out,people was walking around with candles and flashlights some people was guarding their stores with shot guns, i seen some cops pushing some people around because they was acting up, it was chaos out there, the scary part was that the SON OF SAM was still roaming around out there, it was fun but very scary its a day that i will never forget in my life.
Why did the blackouts happen, in your opinion?
i belave it was over use of electricity.
What is your opinion regarding the general causes of power failures (blackouts)?
over use of electricity and old power lines.
Did either blackout seem significant or shocking at the time?
Both were significant
Why did you consider the blackout(s) to be significant or insignificant?
because it caught a lot of people off guard and put a lot of people in the hospital from shock and injuries.
How did the blackout(s) affect you?
the black outs didnt really affect me
What happened to your perception of the blackout(s) when you heard the news about the full scope of the event(s)?
it could have been really worst then what it really was.
How would you compare the blackout(s) to "normal" power failures you have experienced at other times?
those two blackouts are the only two i have ever experienced and will never forget.
What affect, if any, did the blackout(s) have on your opinion of Consolidated Edison Company?
i have no opinion on them things happen some times.
If you experienced both the 1965 and 1977 blackouts, please compare them (describe the ways in which they were similar/different):
the 1977 blackout i was more mature and i was out there in it, the 1965 blackout i was a kid and i was trying to grasp what was going on.
Did the blackout(s) have any larger meaning in your mind?
Yes (please explain)
If yes, please explain:
yes it lets me to know that any thing can happen at anytime and the city can be shut down.
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:
thats very true a lot of looting was going on thats to be expected of some areas in the city where there is high crime.
Story #136, The Blackout History Project, 7 April 2001, <http://blackout.gmu.edu/details/136/>.
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