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Contributed by: [name withheld]
Contributed on: March 23, 2000

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 taking a judo class in the Gymnasium at SUATI, Farmingdale, where I was a freshman. when the lights went out we all moved over toward the exit and waited for them to come back on. when that didn't happen we just grabbed our street clothes from the lockers ansd went home. Nothing unusual happened, no one paniced or got excited.

Why did the blackouts happen, in your opinion?
I haven't a clue.

What is your opinion regarding the general causes of power failures (blackouts)?
Shit happens! Sometimes it's someones fault and other times it "just happens".

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

How did the blackout(s) affect you?
It was just an inconvenience. No ill effects at all.

What happened to your perception of the blackout(s) when you heard the news about the full scope of the event(s)?
I was surprised at the magnitude of it and wondered how could something like that happen.

How would you compare the blackout(s) to "normal" power failures you have experienced at other times?
It was equally as dark.

What affect, if any, did the blackout(s) have on your opinion of Consolidated Edison Company?
None. But I did cuss out LILCO!

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

Cite as: Anonymous, Story #51, The Blackout History Project, 23 March 2000, <http://blackout.gmu.edu/details/51/>.
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