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Contributed by: [name withheld]
Contributed on: February 15, 2000

Which blackout(s) did you experience?
Both

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?
in the 1965 loss of power i was a kiddie it got dark and we used flashlights and candles to see in the house. outside the other people had a party to eat the cold food so it would not go bad as the freezers were off the cold inside the box. in the 1977 loss of power i waS A cab driver in manhatten. the lights went off at 9.30 or so while iwas driving in the mid town area of manhatten. as the night progressed i rode fares all over the city. as many people were stuck in the different areas, and trying to get to other parts of the city,which were blocked by no train/bus service. many citizens directed traffic on busy street corners so there were few real problems,with some exceptions. there was alot of free shopping, bar-ba-ques, and other public gatherings in some areas,private parties also.

Why did the blackouts happen, in your opinion?
see what the people would do.

What is your opinion regarding the general causes of power failures (blackouts)?
mind control experaments

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

How did the blackout(s) affect you?
loss of income for a evening =+

What happened to your perception of the blackout(s) when you heard the news about the full scope of the event(s)?
not much

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

What affect, if any, did the blackout(s) have on your opinion of Consolidated Edison Company?
none

If you experienced both the 1965 and 1977 blackouts, please compare them (describe the ways in which they were similar/different):
one: first: while the city was still prosperous before the war/knapp com. era/non alchoholic drugs. two: second: after drugs/knapp com./loss of private industry . loss of war . loss of prosperity due to??? definately electric loss,plus light loss .

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?
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:
true . much free shopping was occurring in 1977. perhaps it was due to superman being at the daily news and making movies, not out on patrol, so car 54 filled in with a plunger and 41 of barnie fife's bullets, which were in his pocket.

Cite as: Anonymous, Story #44, The Blackout History Project, 15 February 2000, <http://blackout.gmu.edu/details/44/>.
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