Maybe some truth in what jim_e said. 9 months after the northeast black in 1965 big black out the NY Times ran a story that reported some doctors as saying there was a increase in birth rates. That story was debunked in 1970.
Ref - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northeast_blackout_of_1965
Maybe some stringers broke out some candles and kept right on going.
I have the ability to drive people crazy, not sure if I was born with it or I learned it but I'm damn good at it.