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Contributed by: Craig Marsh
Contributed on: September 12, 2003

Which blackout(s) did you experience?
Other (please specify)

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?
It was fun, kinda like camping !

Why did the blackouts happen, in your opinion?
Lets blame Canada !

What is your opinion regarding the general causes of power failures (blackouts)?
Not enough electricity ?

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

Why did you consider the blackout(s) to be significant or insignificant?
n/a

How did the blackout(s) affect you?
My ice cream melted !

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

How would you compare the blackout(s) to "normal" power failures you have experienced at other times?
Blackouts seem to last longer than normal ones.

What affect, if any, did the blackout(s) have on your opinion of Consolidated Edison Company?
They need to spend some of those profits, and upgrade the system.

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

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

If yes, please explain:
I thought it was a attack !

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

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:
not sure

Cite as: Craig Marsh, Story #301, The Blackout History Project, 12 September 2003, <http://blackout.gmu.edu/details/301/>.
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