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Contributed by: chris
Contributed on: July 27, 2003

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?
i remember 1965 i was 10 ,,i lived in richmond hill and the moon lite the nite......in 77 i was driving my 66 caddy and it started with a brown out first then every thing went out,,,it was great i remenber people guarding their store's,,,,,,,,,,and thats it,,,

Why did the blackouts happen, in your opinion?
dont know

What is your opinion regarding the general causes of power failures (blackouts)?
na

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?
na

How did the blackout(s) affect you?
just had fun

What happened to your perception of the blackout(s) when you heard the news about the full scope of the event(s)?
yes

How would you compare the blackout(s) to "normal" power failures you have experienced at other times?
na

What affect, if any, did the blackout(s) have on your opinion of Consolidated Edison Company?
na

If you experienced both the 1965 and 1977 blackouts, please compare them (describe the ways in which they were similar/different):
na

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 less 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 see above

Cite as: chris, Story #209, The Blackout History Project, 27 July 2003, <http://blackout.gmu.edu/details/209/>.
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