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Chris Holly spent a great deal of her life building different entrepreneur ventures, however her one true passion has always been writing. Long ago she found it far easier to explain the paranormal by way of a true story told in an interesting form. She lived a life filled with extreme experiences and unique events involving that which we do not understand. She felt it her destiny to tell these true events to the world by way of her short stories. Along with the Endless Journey and The Knight Zone site, Chris is working on a book. "I am doing a collection of short stories about my lifetime of paranormal experiences, which should be complete by the winter of 2009." You can reach her at or visit her website: Endless Journey and The Knight Zone

The Blackout of 1965 and the Fireball
by Chris Holly

(Copyright © 2008 Chris Holly)

Posted: 12:21 October 21, 2008

The Blackout of 1965 and the Fireball

I live in New York. In 1965 we had a huge blackout that covered about six other states and parts of Canada. It was in the fall, November I believe. I was about 14 or so at the time.

I recall the blackout and all the fuss about it. My parents spent the day running around to provide us with lights, heat and food. We ate hot dogs cooked over the fireplace in the living room and played games. My Dad had a little transistor radio that provided updates about the blackout and general news.

The Blackout of 1965 and the Fireball
I clearly recall sitting on the front steps of my house with my good friend Barbara, who lived next door, that night. We were singing and laughing and killing time while the world sat dark and silent. We sat on the front steps singing our hearts out until about 10:30 or so that night. I recall it being a very crisp typical New York fall night.

All of a sudden, we saw a huge orange reddish yellowish ball or orb streak across the sky over the houses. It was enormous. It went across the entire sky and was gone. I never saw anything like it before. Barbara thought it was a meteor or comet that was crashing through our space.

The Blackout of 1965 and the Fireball
We ran inside and told the adults. My Dad came out looked and went back inside. It was nowhere to be seen.

I think we listened to the radio to see if they talked about what it was. I honestly do not recall anything other then seeing this huge red orb object on that day. As I look back at it I realize how odd it was that I took that sighting so lightly- and realize maybe, actually, I didnít!

My life went on and I did not think much about that day. From time to time I would see the image of that huge burning ball in my head but would just chalk it up to part of the blackout that many others witnessed as well.

One-day years later I was out with my mother. I was now an adult in my mid 40ís. I would often take my mom out with me on my day off. We went for a ride on the Long Island coast and I treated my mom to lunch. I was going to drive through the town where I lived during that blackout. I thought it would be fun to ride my mother past our old house before heading to lunch.

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