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Contributed by: [name withheld]
Contributed on: April 27, 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 15 years old and lights went out; we spent a lot of time waiting for my parents to come home. my grandmother thought it was just our block.

Why did the blackouts happen, in your opinion?
grid went down.

What is your opinion regarding the general causes of power failures (blackouts)?
bad planning; accident

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?
showed public reactions.

How did the blackout(s) affect you?
not much

What happened to your perception of the blackout(s) when you heard the news about the full scope of the event(s)?
didn't change that much.

How would you compare the blackout(s) to "normal" power failures you have experienced at other times?
more sense of a social event.

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

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

If yes, please explain:
how people reacted

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 #56, The Blackout History Project, 27 April 2000, <http://blackout.gmu.edu/details/56/>.
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