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Contributed by: colley
Contributed on: March 10, 2006

Which blackout(s) did you experience?
1977 (New York City 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?
was terrible i was scared,i was also evacuated into the country,i did have a very exciting time.

Why did the blackouts happen, in your opinion?
world war 2

What is your opinion regarding the general causes of power failures (blackouts)?
hh

Did either blackout seem significant or shocking at the time?
1965 only

Why did you consider the blackout(s) to be significant or insignificant?
it was

How did the blackout(s) affect you?
yes it did


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?
yudu

What affect, if any, did the blackout(s) have on your opinion of Consolidated Edison Company?
tyii


If you experienced both the 1965 and 1977 blackouts, please compare them (describe the ways in which they were similar/different):
eh??


Did the blackout(s) have any larger meaning in your mind?
No

Did the blackout(s) cause any profound crisis?
Yes (please explain)

If yes, please explain:
i almost died


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:
???

Cite as: colley, Story #522, The Blackout History Project, 10 March 2006, <http://blackout.gmu.edu/details/522/>.
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