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Contributed by: [name withheld]
Contributed on: February 10, 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?
1965: i was a kiddie, it was dark iwas allowed to stay awake late to view the stars without the usual lights on. 1977:i was a cab driver at the time in manhatten driving a fare on lower 5 ave by the 23 st. area when the lights uptown started to go off. i let the fare out by washington square park, near the arch. a couple with a bycycle wanted a ride to the bronks area,so we were able to see the other parts of the city on the ride to their home. lots of late evening shopping,parties, roasting of eats and other fun activities were the agenda for the night.many citizens took up "traffic light" duty some with flashlights some without. due to them traffic was remarkably uneventful and in retrospect worked better than when lights, and paid police organize the pattern of control. after arriving at the fares home i returned to manhatten along burnside ave. in the bronks to the bridge over the water to manhatten. again lots of free shopping parties in the streets and as mentioned before. i worked for the rest of the night and turned in the car. the office didn't want to have the fare money in the building and told the drivers to turn in the reiciepts for the night the next day. it was along walk over the river and thru the woods to my apartment in the lower area of manhatten. along the way were many weary looking police (they were acually sleeping in their cars, perhaps they were practicing being homeless?). when igot to my place i realized the water didn't wok. so i went to sleep.

Why did the blackouts happen, in your opinion?
rockefeller was bored,so he pulled the plug(actually it was ford's better idea)

What is your opinion regarding the general causes of power failures (blackouts)?
tight , cheap, power systems

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?
end of the city ,areas time for paying the plymoth rock, beads and trinkets bill, so the area slid into the darkness. or red , as with "charlie " they could not win,so they moved to florida and let others have the plunger mayor.

How did the blackout(s) affect you?
i was able to view the people as they were

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

How would you compare the blackout(s) to "normal" power failures you have experienced at other times?
they were normal

What affect, if any, did the blackout(s) have on your opinion of Consolidated Edison Company?
none i still have 10 shares of big alice

If you experienced both the 1965 and 1977 blackouts, please compare them (describe the ways in which they were similar/different):
one was big and one was little in scale, first was the prosperous the next the poor

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

If yes, please explain:
lots of beer was consumned

Did the blackout(s) cause any profound crisis?

How did the blackout(s) affect your daily reliance on electricity?
Other (please specify)

If other, please specify:
i do not use it i am on 12v.

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:
that was freedom, as the people wanted it. free shopping malls and camp fires for those whom desired to return to their nature. is this what the question asks? nothing to do with veterans being used for polo practice on wall street by the prosperous, it was a spectator sport as rockefeller/ford wanted,.it moved more to miami,so others could have the n.y. life.

Cite as: Anonymous, Story #42, The Blackout History Project, 10 February 2000, <http://blackout.gmu.edu/details/42/>.
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