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Contributed by: [name withheld]
Contributed on: May 22, 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 a medical student about to deliver a baby at St. Vincent's Hosp., when the lights went out, the emergency lights went on and the chief resident pushed me aside and delivered the baby. I remember looking out a window and seeing the city almost entirely dark with a rare light here and there.

Why did the blackouts happen, in your opinion?
Don't remember really. Probably some ConEd equiptment failure.

What is your opinion regarding the general causes of power failures (blackouts)?
Variation of "supply and demand" theory.

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

Why did you consider the blackout(s) to be significant or insignificant?
Feeling of helplessness and vulnerability./

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 #82, The Blackout History Project, 22 May 2000, <http://blackout.gmu.edu/details/82/>.
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