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Contributed by: Herb Gordon
Contributed on: September 13, 2004

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 on the 8th floor of a building on 38th St. and 6th Ave. when the blackout started. I was with an account from Collingswood, NJ and we walked down the stairs to the street. I walked with her to the Port Authority where she caught the last bus out. After that I wandered the streets ending up at the Pennsylvania Hotel. I was finally able to network a call to my wife in Plainview, Long Island telling her of my plight and that I had no idea of when I would get home.. I forgot how, but I did make it home by about 7 or 8 AM of the next morning..

Why did the blackouts happen, in your opinion?
Yes, it was a long time ago, yet the memory lingers on . I've tried to trace news reports re the following, but to no avail.
Perhaps, with your facilities, you can find this news item.
First, this was reported either the day after or the next day after the evening of the blackout 1965.
Printed on the first page of Womens Wear Daily, a Fairchild Publication.

the article stated that the probable cause of the blackout was an accident in the Soviet Union where (I'm not sure) they were working either on space exploration or nuclear energy.Now, I had seen this article in only one edition or printing of this paper, and not a word of it in any press or media releases.
Now, I'm not imagining this, since I've discussed this since that fateful day. Never got an answer..
I'd appreciate any input from you or anyone else in cyberspace that might hold some answers..

Did either blackout seem significant or shocking at the time?
1965 only

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: Herb Gordon, Story #322, The Blackout History Project, 13 September 2004, <http://blackout.gmu.edu/details/322/>.
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