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Contributed by: S. Jager
Contributed on: August 14, 2003

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 was going to business school and living at the YWCA in Syracuse, NY at the time of the 1965 blackout. I remember we right in the middle of finals and didn't quite know what to do. Of course, not knowing how long the blackout would last didn't help either. One of the gals living at the Y during that time was blind, so she had no problem at all. The rest of us, however, were a little taken aback. I mean, after all, we had to walk up three or four flights of stairs to get to our rooms. We did feel thankful though that our finals were pushed out so we could all study properly. It was an experience that I will always remember. I also remember that things were calm in the city of Syracuse, considering the circumstances. I was proud of everyone!

Why did the blackouts happen, in your opinion?
I have no idea and wouldn't even think about giving an opinion. Sorry.

What is your opinion regarding the general causes of power failures (blackouts)?
None.

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?
Blackouts are very scary things and we are not always prepared for them.

If you experienced both the 1965 and 1977 blackouts, please compare them (describe the ways in which they were similar/different):
Only experienced the 1965 blackout. Living in California at the time of the 1977 blackout.

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

Cite as: S. Jager, Story #216, The Blackout History Project, 14 August 2003, <http://blackout.gmu.edu/details/216/>.
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