socalfitness saidLong time ago a power failure hit NYC. Someone said they looked over and saw the Jersey lights and for the first time it looked good.
The famous 1965 blackout? I remember it, when I was 16. My first indication in New Jersey was when my radio, tuned to a NYC station, went to static around suppertime. Nor could I find another NYC station on the air. Then I checked the TV, and all the channels were out, too. But we still had power in our part of New Jersey.
This had never happened before, very scary at first. You gotta remember, we were still in the Cold War, with recent movies like Failsafe
and Doctor Strangelove
dealing with nuclear annihilation. And we all knew that NYC was a primary Soviet target. So what had happened to it? Why did it suddenly go silent?
Gradually New Jersey-based radio stations began to report the failure of the electrical grid over the larger part of the US Northeast. And actually foreign sources, too, since I was into shortwave radio at that time, and could listen to radio stations around the globe reporting this calamity.
Footnote: 9 months later New York hospitals had a flood of births. If there's no TV or radio, you can't go out, you can't cook, and it's pitch black, well, fuck.