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The Spirit of New Jersey: Palisades Amusement Park


Available Now:


The Video and The Book


The long-awaited documentary


...premiered on March 14, 1998. The prime-time special is a thrilling ride into the heart of a classic American amusement park - New Jersey's Palisades Amusement Park.

Through outrageous publicity stunts and regular advertising in national publications, Palisades kept its name in the hearts and minds of millions throughout its nearly 75-year history as one of the country's prime attractions.

PALISADES AMUSEMENT PARK: The Video, is narrated by the award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns, who continues to set the standard in documentary filmmaking with the stories that defined America, such as:

--Brooklyn Bridge,

--The Statue of Liberty,

--Huey Long,

--The Shakers: Hands to Work, Hearts to God,

--The Civil War, Baseball and The West.

Chronicling the people and events that made the park one of the country's most popular amusement resorts, The PALISADES PARK VHS captures the passion of the people that visited its midways and evokes the time and spirit that were the hallmarks of a carefree innocence.

Born in the era of the trolley car, Palisades Amusement Park was a creation of a trolley company, and delivered what people wanted exhilaration and excitement.

Today, more than two decades after the park's closing, people still remain passionate about the place that left its mark as a cipher of what was then perceived as a more innocent era.

The film features interviews with park personnel, historians and celebrities including:

--Walter Cronkite,

--Sonny Fox,

--Freddy "Boom Boom" Cannon,

--Cousin Bruce Morrow,

--John Sebastian,

--Soupy Sales,

--Buddy Hackett, and many others.

An extended version of PALISADES AMUSEMENT PARK: A CENTURY OF FOND MEMORIES is now available on home video in a special 90-minute "Director's Cut" version, containing an additional thirty minutes of rare footage and interviews that was NOT shown on television.

This Video is available from:

Post Office Box 663
South Plainfield, New Jersey 07080-0663
Fed. ID# 22-3248936

The Price of the VHS Video: $29.95 + $6.00 For Shipping
NJ (Only) Purchasers Must Add 6% NJS Tax

All Orders Must Be Prepaid By Check, Money Order or Credit Card. Credit Card Orders: Click Below.



A Century of Fond Memories (The Book)

With its two hundred pages and a foreword by the legendary Cousin Bruce Morrow, this oversized coffee table book captures every fond memory of the famous New Jersey fun spot:

--the vinegar-soaked french fries,

--the Tunnel of Love,

--the world's largest outdoor salt water pool,

and so much more.

Vince Gargiulo, executive director of the Palisades Amusement Park Historical Society, grew up in Cliffside Park under the glow of the famed amusement park.

With the cooperation of hundreds of residents, employees, and executives of the Park, Mr. Gargiulo has compiled a comprehensive history of the Park beginning with its inception in the late 1800s, continuing through its rather checkered history, until its ultimate demise in the early 70s.

It is being distributed by American Focus Publishing/USCCCN II by, the national and international provider and distributor of:

Hunter Hayes and The Spirit of New Jersey --
Featuring Eunice Peterson...


...which is attempting to serve as either the Official or the Unofficial State Song for the State of New Jersey.

In the foreword of the book, Cousin Brucie Morrow, recalls Palisades Amusement Park as integral part of our lives. Anybody who has played, visited, or been touched by this magical kingdom retains the glow from a very special relationship!

For those who ever visited Palisades Amusement Park, this book is sure to bring back those cherished remembrances.

And for those never lucky enough (or old enough)to have entered its colorful gates, Palisades Amusement Park: A Century of Fond Memories ...will recreate the thrills, laughter and joy that was Palisades.

The first hardcover printing of "Palisades Amusement Park: A Century of Fond Memories" sold out within two weeks of its release in December 1995.

The book is now in its third printing and still reports record sales. This Book is available from:

Post Office Box 663
South Plainfield, New Jersey 07080-0663
Fed. ID# 22-3248936

The Price of the Book: $29.95 + $6.00 For Shipping
NJ (Only) Purchasers Must Add 6% NJS Tax

All Orders Must Be Prepaid By Check, Money Order or Credit Card. Credit Card Orders: Click Below.

Book Testimonials:

...I just received the book on Palisades Park. It was delightful and brought back many memories... I think what you're doing is excellent.

Tony Belmont - Alan Freed Productions - St. Petersburg, FL

...a loving and comprehensive history... Gargiulo's book boasts the kind of attention to detail and love of anecdote that only someone truly taken with a subject can provide.
"Gargiulo's writing style, his attention to historical detail and the inclusion of period photographs lends the text an immediacy that transports a reader back in time and makes the Palisades real again.

The Asbury Park Press - Jan. 14, 1996

...I find it enthralling and it brings back so many so many great memories, especially our annual school outings to the Park. You have done a fabulous piece of research.

Sister Mary Michelle - St. Philips School - Saddle Brook, NJ

...I just finished reading your new book and found it to be a real gem. The facts that I never knew about, the many wonderful pictures, and the personal memories that it brought back to me caused tears in my eyes. You should be so proud of your great book, an item that my wife and I shall always cherish and preserve.

Dana Konikoff - Yonkers, NY

...I learned an awful lot that I didn't know about The Park and I have to admit that at times the sentimental part of me took over and it brought a tear to my eye. If I were doing a book review, I would definitely give it two thumbs up.

Henry Rodecker - Fairview, NJ

...When Palisades Amusement Park: A Century of Fond Memories' arrived, I dropped all my other reading material and plunged right in. What a great time I had learning so much about the park I loved when I was a child.

Louise McKellip - Teaneck, NJ

...What unbelievable memories it brought back. Congratulations on writing such a wonderful history of Palisades Park.

Joy Crovatto - Ramsey, NJ

...I just finished your fantastic book of Palisades Amusement Park. It brought back so many great memories.

Bill Nesnay - Matawan, NJ

...When the package arrived, I was truly delighted at the way the book looked. When I opened it up, I was thrilled to see all of the great pictures that just brought me back in time. Thanks for the memories!

Brad Levine - Budd Lake, NJ

...I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed reading your book about the history of Palisades Amusement Park. Your book jogged my memory and brought back warm feelings of a more innocent time.

Carmine DeMarco - Hackensack, NJ

...My heartfelt thanks for publishing your Palisades Amusement Park book.

Toni Stoessl - Chesterfield, MO