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Contributed by: joshua barrett
Contributed on: May 16, 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?
my name is josh barrett i was 12 then it was just like it was yesterday i was terified all the electric went people were screaming we struggled to get through it

Why did the blackouts happen, in your opinion?
i realy don't no

What is your opinion regarding the general causes of power failures (blackouts)?
bad control at power stations

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?
i was scared

How did the blackout(s) affect you?
i hate being in the dark i get very scared

What happened to your perception of the blackout(s) when you heard the news about the full scope of the event(s)?
can't remember

How would you compare the blackout(s) to "normal" power failures you have experienced at other times?
all the other blackouts are nothink to 1977

What affect, if any, did the blackout(s) have on your opinion of Consolidated Edison Company?
they are very stuped and i hate them

If you experienced both the 1965 and 1977 blackouts, please compare them (describe the ways in which they were similar/different):
i can't

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

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

If yes, please explain:
my baby sister 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:
yes because it is very correct

Cite as: joshua barrett, Story #544, The Blackout History Project, 16 May 2006, <http://blackout.gmu.edu/details/544/>.
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