Documentary Recalls 1968 State Basketball Championship Team

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By Katherine Massopust

PERTH AMBOY—Al Jackson recently completed his two year project on the 1968 State Basketball Championship team.  It was a project that occupied his weekends when he was not working for PA-TV or in the high school.

The project came about after filming many of the present day basketball and football games.  Al Jackson noticed the lack of enthusiasm from today’s teams and lack of teamwork.  He wanted to inspire the students and let them to know that Perth Amboy did have winning teams in the past.  He also wanted to contribute to the documenting history since Mayor Wilda Diaz has been emphasizing the importance of Perth Amboy’s rich past.

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For Jackson it was great to talk to every one of the guys on the 1968 team.  “They were so enthusiastic about basketball and Perth Amboy High School.  Every guy I talked to – for them it was like the game was yesterday.” Jackson noted that for each one of them they spoke of teamwork, “There were no big heads.  They each talked about other players.”

Jackson’s brother, Aaron was at the game and has fond memories as well.  Aaron helped Al film the documentary.

Al Jackson was pleased with the final product, “You can go crazy editing and you are never satisfied but I’m happy with it.”  He hopes that word of mouth will spread and more people will be interested.

The documentary premiered on Saturday, April 24, at the Perth Amboy High School Auditorium.  Many of the former players from the 1968 team were present including former NBA star, Brian Taylor.


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