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July 13, 1977: Where were you when the lights went out?

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by The Big Ragu, Jul 13, 2009.

  1. The Big Ragu

    The Big Ragu Moderator Staff Member

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    It's the 32nd anniversary of the blackout that set off riots in NYC. I was 9 years old, and it's one of my most vivid memories from childhood. The whole story -- about how Con-Ed bungled it, and couldn't handle the overload, what triggered the rioting and how it all went down was covered really well in Jonathan Mahler's book, Ladies and Gentlemen, the Bronx Is Burning.

    Here is a commemoration the NY Times did for the 30th anniversary:

    http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/07/13/the-night-the-lights-went-out/

    The city was in such a malaise and the blackout and the rioting really defines that period in the late 70s for me. I remember all the graffiti everywhere and how run down parts of New York that are nice now, were then.

    Anyone else have vivid memories of the blackout?
     
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  2. Pancamo

    Pancamo Active Member

    Hiding from Sam.
     
  3. Ronnie "Z-Man" Barzell

    Ronnie "Z-Man" Barzell Active Member

    I was still a week or two away from being conceived.
     
  4. old_tony

    old_tony Well-Known Member

    I was 22 days short of turning 17 and we were celebrating my sister's 6th birthday. Thus, today I had lunch with my sister for her 38th birthday.
     
  5. finishthehat

    finishthehat Active Member

    I was in a bar in Passaic. Being stupid and young, we thought about heading into the city, but luckily we came to our senses.

    I remember the mid-60s blackout better, because it actually affected us. And we all thought my sister caused it, because -- after losing too many dials off the TV from fights over which station to watch -- we were completely forbidden to change the channel once a show had been agreed upon.

    My sister decided to ignore the law, and just as she touched the dial the lights went out.
     
  6. Drip

    Drip Active Member

    I was on vacation in Miami.
     
  7. Trey Beamon

    Trey Beamon Active Member

    Probably on tour. I was one of Freddie Mercury's unitards in a past life.
     
  8. shockey

    shockey Active Member

    i was 20. away from nyc, working in the catskills.
     
  9. Oggiedoggie

    Oggiedoggie Well-Known Member

    I was in high school in southwestern Kansas.

    This is the first time I've heard about it.
     
  10. Colton

    Colton Active Member

    I was 13 and I am embarrassed to say I have no recall of this, though I have read about it.

    I was more than likely desperately searching for Barry Foote, Gary Sperum or some other player's card(s) to fill out my '77 Topps set.

    Then again, perhaps I was still trying to recover from barely surviving Hurricane Agnes in 1972 to think about any other calamities. :-\
     
  11. dooley_womack1

    dooley_womack1 Well-Known Member

    Your sister apparently being our 21
     
  12. JR

    JR Active Member

    I betcha perhaps half of sj. wasn't even born in '77. Just a hunch
     
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