Ken Rehn, then a boy of 11 living in Brentwood, remembers his father and uncle driving him to Shea Stadium in a turquoise '62 Chevy Bel Air to see the Jets play. It was very cold during the game.
Other than that, Rehn can't recall much about the 1968 AFL Championship Game that saw the Jets beat the Oakland Raiders 27-23. His father, Al, a dedicated Jets fan who died in 2001, kept his ticket stubs, so Ken has a memento.
"It's a chance for me to spend a memorable sports event with one of my kids," said Rehn, who works for a fire sprinkler contractor, "just like my father did with me."
Rehn didn't have brothers, so his father, a machinist, was like a best friend to him growing up. Al Rehn started getting Jets season tickets in 1967 and he took Ken to the games.
The early exposure took. Jets season tickets are still in the family though now it means a trip to the Meadowlands in New Jersey instead of Shea in Flushing. Ken Rehn's license plate reads BGJETFAN. His custom jersey includes the 'I': BIGJETFAN.
Of Rehn's three sons, Stephen said he's probably the most serious Jets supporter. Even though the trip isn't cheap, he and his father say they must be in Indianapolis, Stephen said.
"It's going to be a long week," he said.
Their travel package to Indianapolis costs about $1,100 per person. Game tickets are included, and Ken Rehn said they were running around $200.
What Ken Rehn's father paid in 1968 he doesn't know, but standing room tickets for the AFL title game at Shea that year could be had for $5.
Father and son, plus two of Ken Rehn's bowling league buddies, leave Saturday from La Guardia Airport. Rehn will have his custom jersey. And for luck he'll have the faded ticket stub from 1968 in his wallet.
"Things have been happening, breaks have been going our way for the first time," he said. "Maybe it's a magical year this year."