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September 13, 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 at work in 1412 broadway. our office was on the 12th floor. the entire staff quickly and quietly walked down the 12 flights of stairs. i lived in morris county new jersey. i walked up to the bus terminal on 178th street. took a bus to a diner on rote 3 in clifton new jersey where my wife and kids came to pick me up. as i can best recall the streets of new york were crowded but very orderly. there was nothing out of the ordinary that i could see. on the whole it was a very interesting experience. I LUV NEW YORK!
Why did the blackouts happen, in your opinion?
I don't know.
What is your opinion regarding the general causes of power failures (blackouts)?
Not enough generating power properly distributed
Did either blackout seem significant or shocking at the time?
Why did you consider the blackout(s) to be significant or insignificant?
that kind of thing just does not happen nor should it happen
How did the blackout(s) affect you?
not at all---- just tired legs
What happened to your perception of the blackout(s) when you heard the news about the full scope of the event(s)?
wonder why energy companies are negligent
How would you compare the blackout(s) to "normal" power failures you have experienced at other times?
it sure as hell is VERY dark outside
What affect, if any, did the blackout(s) have on your opinion of Consolidated Edison Company?
a giant beurocracy not well managed -
If you experienced both the 1965 and 1977 blackouts, please compare them (describe the ways in which they were similar/different):
1965 was fun
Did the blackout(s) have any larger meaning in your mind?
Did the blackout(s) cause any profound crisis?
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:
no - i don't remember the 1977 crime wave -
Story #302, The Blackout History Project, 13 September 2003, <http://blackout.gmu.edu/details/302/>.
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