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Contributed by: no
Contributed on: May 26, 2005

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?
The Blackout was fun for a while, but then it kind of got scary. It was hot and I didn't know what was happening in the outside world.

Why did the blackouts happen, in your opinion?
I think it happened because Canadians use too much energy. Although the Washington post says Blackouts are inevidable.

What is your opinion regarding the general causes of power failures (blackouts)?
People use way too much energy and couldn't care less about using the amount that they do.

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

How did the blackout(s) affect you?
I couldn't use the computer or watch television. The only way I knew what was going on was my radio. Run by Batteries.

What happened to your perception of the blackout(s) when you heard the news about the full scope of the event(s)?
I don't know what to say...

How would you compare the blackout(s) to "normal" power failures you have experienced at other times?
Big. Better. Bad....

What affect, if any, did the blackout(s) have on your opinion of Consolidated Edison Company?
I do not know what that means

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

If yes, please explain:

Did the blackout(s) cause any profound crisis?

If yes, please explain:

How did the blackout(s) affect your daily reliance on electricity?
Became less reliant

If other, please specify:

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:

Cite as: no, Story #338, The Blackout History Project, 26 May 2005, <http://blackout.gmu.edu/details/338/>.
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