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Contributed by: [name withheld]
Contributed on: June 13, 2000

Which blackout(s) did you experience?
1977 (New York City 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 worked at the Deauville Cabana & Tennis Club on Knapp Street and Shore Parkway in Sheepshead Bay.

I remember I was playing pinball in the gameroom they had there, a game called "Hi Deal". In the game, there was a cup when you got the ball in, held the ball for a few seconds, counted off 500 points on the old analog wheels they had before the scores went digital, and then shot the ball out to continue play. I remember getting the ball in the cup and the counting of the points on the wheel slowed down dramatically. At the same time, the TV got all fuzzy and then everything went black. All of the people playing tennis ran off the courts wanting to know why I shut the lights off. I said, "Take a look around, do you think I shut the lights off on the Belt Parkway too?" At the time, my parents were on vacation in the Catskills and my brother and I left a message at the hotel where they stayed saying nothing more than "everything is OK." Word hadn't reached up there yet and they called us wanting to know what we were talking about. The following morning people that worked in the club and I were sitting around and recounting their tales when all of a sudden the water fountain compressor kicked on and so came the end of the story.

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

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: Anonymous, Story #92, The Blackout History Project, 13 June 2000, <http://blackout.gmu.edu/details/92/>.
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