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Contributed by: [name withheld]
Contributed on: August 6, 1999

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?
My brother, age 5, and I, age 7, were on our way home. We had to be home by 5 p.m. for supper. We got on the elevator with several other people. We lived on the 8th floor. The elevator went up several floors, stopped, then went back down to the 1st floor. We traveled that route just a couple times before getting off and walking up the steps. When we got to about the 4th or 5th floor the lights went out. We found our way to the door out to the floor. There were lots of people in the hallway with flashlights. A woman came up to us and said she knew my mother and we were to go with her and she would call her. I do not know who this woman was but we went with her. I remember she had very long finger nails. I could see the light reflecting onto the end of her nails. She called our mother who came down to get us.

Why did the blackouts happen, in your opinion?
At the time I did not know why. After going through your site a bit I have a little bit of understanding of why the lights went out.



What is your opinion regarding the general causes of power failures (blackouts)?
I have no idea

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

How did the blackout(s) affect you?
It didn't.

What happened to your perception of the blackout(s) when you heard the news about the full scope of the event(s)?
I didn't have any scope on what and why it happened.

How would you compare the blackout(s) to "normal" power failures you have experienced at other times?
Looking back, I remember how the elevator acted. Guess it was a sign. Usually the power failures just happen with no sign or warning.

What affect, if any, did the blackout(s) have on your opinion of Consolidated Edison Company?
None

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 #6, The Blackout History Project, 6 August 1999, <http://blackout.gmu.edu/details/6/>.
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