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Contributed by: [name withheld]
Contributed on: January 11, 2002

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?
People running on the streets, stealing in the darkness, no power or anywere to go. I was scared that some one was doing to hurt me becase the crime rates had gone up there were people waliking the streets with stolen property from local stores. it was the worst experiment of my life. People esaped the jails and were lose it was bad! The elevators were stuck ect

What is your opinion regarding the general causes of power failures (blackouts)?
It shouldnt have happend

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

Why did you consider the blackout(s) to be significant or insignificant?
There was begining to be so much technology that you didnt think that it would happen hopefully it never happens again ?

How did the blackout(s) affect you?
I was emottonally distresed and My brother david was killed by and escaped person at the jail in the city.

How would you compare the blackout(s) to "normal" power failures you have experienced at other times?
That blackout lasted 2 days because there was no control of it. Now i live in carthage and we only have small blackouts such as for a couple hours.

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

If yes, please explain:
The death of my brother and the darkness represented hell to me

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

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

If other, please specify:
I needed the electricity to do most things in the house such as needing a cigerette to a smoker i guess its the same thing.

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 i didnt experience the Blackout in 1965 but the 1977 one is very much like above the stealing and ect.

Cite as: Anonymous, Story #156, The Blackout History Project, 11 January 2002, <http://blackout.gmu.edu/details/156/>.
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