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Contributed by: [name withheld]
Contributed on: August 9, 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?
I had just turned 4 years old, living in our first owned home in connecticut. My father was out that night, my mothers best friend Marilyn was over. Marilyn also lived in the neighborhood. I remember watching the two of them from my perch on my white stuffed snoopy toy, the toy was on wheels and was made to be ridden. I can remember thier excitement and explaining to me what was going on and that I needed to stay close to them. I followed them from room to room on my Snoopy dog. It was one of the first really clear and lengthy memories I have. It was a magical and exciting night.

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 one of my first memories.

If you experienced both the 1965 and 1977 blackouts, please compare them (describe the ways in which they were similar/different):
I do not even remember 77

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

Did the blackout(s) cause any profound crisis?

How did the blackout(s) affect your daily reliance on electricity?
Other (please specify)

If other, please specify:
would not know

Cite as: Anonymous, Story #626, The Blackout History Project, 9 August 2006, <http://blackout.gmu.edu/details/626/>.
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