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Contributed by: jan calvello
Contributed on: April 11, 2008

Which blackout(s) did you experience?
1965 (Great Northeast 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?
i worked for a stock broker and never usually stopped to fix my hair or make up before running for the train for my trip home to queens. of cours as i ran down the steps my train was just pulling out. i cursed my self for this and waited on the platform while waiting for the next train the lights flickered once or twice. no one semmed too concerned.
all of a sudden th lights stayed out except for emergency lights and some little old lady grabbed my arm and said the russians are coming and she asked if she could hold onto my arms. i of couse said yes as i wasn't too keen about the situation. a little while later a person who worked for the subway sysem guided us out of the subway and up the stairs. new york is very unfamiliar in the dark( i also came to the conclusion that iwould have been stuck in the train under the river and now believe God was watching out for me) i eventually started to walk over the bridge to brooklyn and was kindly offered a ride from complete strangers who were able to bring me to a relative's house in brooklyn. everyone was so nice . i found out that one of my bosses was stuck in the vault . and others in elevators. i was told that various restaurants gave out food . crime was down.

i had moved when the next blackout occured and got a whole other story from my then mother in law she was sitting on her stoop out front of her house on e 34th st and all of a sudden a swarm of persons came down the block like locusts and she found out that there was utter chaos on church avenue. even an eyeglass place was broke into, a donut place had been robbed and the remnants all over the street. amazing i'm glad i wasn't there for that one

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

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

Cite as: jan calvello, Story #2157, The Blackout History Project, 11 April 2008, <http://blackout.gmu.edu/details/2157/>.
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