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Contributed by: [name withheld]
Contributed on: February 3, 2000

Which blackout(s) did you experience?

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 born the night of november 9, 1965 via candlelight due to the blackout. I was the only baby born in Flushing Hospital on that night, which did appear in the Daily Newspaper. Ironically, my sister was born on July 13, 1664, 13 years prior to the 2nd blackout.

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?
The 1965 blackout was significant because (from what I understand) is that most people did not think that a blackout of that nature was possible. The 1977 blackout occurred at the time when Son of Sam was running throughout the area, so there was a lot of panic.

How did the blackout(s) affect you?
I was at a feast in Queens and there were tons of people walking around (so little children), people were playing games and laughing having a good time, then suddenly all the lights went out and there was total darkness. It was very scary.

If you experienced both the 1965 and 1977 blackouts, please compare them (describe the ways in which they were similar/different):
I really can not compare the blackouts since I was only being born during the 1965 blackout.

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

If yes, please explain:
Each anniversary of the blackout is my birthday so when the radio stations or newspapers discuss the BIG Blackout it is special, I can say I was born that day.

Did the blackout(s) cause any profound crisis?

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

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:
I do not recall a devastating wave of looting and arson, so no the story does not ring true as I remember.

Cite as: Anonymous, Story #34, The Blackout History Project, 3 February 2000, <http://blackout.gmu.edu/details/34/>.
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