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Contributed by: Richard
Contributed on: June 29, 2006

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?
In 1965, I Was 14 yrs of age an awaintig the arrival of my father coming home from work when the great power failure occured. My mother all ready home from work and preparing dinner when the great power failure occurred. First the lights dimmed, second the lost of the telivision show that I was watching disappeared. It was a movie starring Abbot and Castello on the channel 4 in New York City before the six o'clock news. My sister Barbara and I blamed my mother for the failure for the reason that she plugged in the rotisserie to prepare dinner. Occasionally this caused the main fuse to blown due to the fact the wiring of the apartment we lived in. When it was evident that wiring apartment was not the cause lights going out we scrambled for a transitor radio and tuned in to the local all news radio station 1010 wins and learnt that there was a power failure that involed the entire northeast of the United States and Canada, wow. As the night progressed my dad came home from work delayed however safe from any injury. Personaly after hearing from radio annoucements that con edison was trying to find out what happened I felt everything was under control. My grandmother called from her house in Brighton Beach,Brooklyn to see how things was going, however she had lights the power lines that she was connected to was owned by a operation based in New Jersey. During the course of the night my father and I had taken a walk through neighborhood to see for the first time to see all the local business in total blackness except for the moon that lit the sky and the anti-aircraft warning lights on the newly built Verrazanno Bridge.

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

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?
Became less reliant

Cite as: Richard, Story #555, The Blackout History Project, 29 June 2006, <http://blackout.gmu.edu/details/555/>.
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