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(Contact Info: larry at larryblakeley.com)

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A listing and access link to all:
song lyrics and mp3 audio files http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/songs/ (all of which are a part of this Web site) can be accessed simply by selecting the "htm" file for the song you want;

poetry http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/poetry.htm;

quotations http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/quotations.htm; and

essays written by Larry Blakeley http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/articles/articles_larry_blakeley.htm,

all of which are used to tell the story in this Web site, can be accessed by going to each respective link set out above.

My son, Larry Blakeley http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/larryblakeley_photos_jpeg.htm manages this Web site and the following Web sites:

Larry Blakeley (Contact Info: larry at larryblakeley.com)

Leslie (Blakeley) Adkins - my granddaughter

Lori Ann Blakeley (June 20, 1985 - May 4, 2005) - my granddaughter

Evan Blakeley- my grandson

Major Roy James Blakeley (December 10, 1928 - July 22, 1965) - USAF (KIA)

When I was young my dad would say
Come on son let's go out and play

No matter how hard I try
No matter how many tears I cry
No matter how many years go by
I still can't say goodbye

- "I Still Can't Say Goodbye," Performer: Chet Atkins

MP3 audio file/lyrics http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/songs/still_cant_say_goodbye.htm

For a larger image click on the photograph.

Added the following to Web page http://www.royblakeley.name/index.htm (also included this song to surround the photograph of my middle child and daughter, Lori - as she lay on the ground for a photo shoot by my oldest daughter, Leslie - on her home page http://www.lori.blakeley.name/index.htm)

"Remember when the days were long
And rolled beneath a deep blue sky
Didn't have a care in the world
With mommy and daddy standin' by
But 'happily ever after' fails
And we've been poisoned by these fairy tales
The lawyers dwell on small details
Since daddy had to fly
.....

But this is the end
This is the end of the innocence

O beautiful, for spacious skies
But now those skies are threatening
They're beating plowshares into swords
For this tired old man that we elected king
Armchair warriors often fail
And we've been poisoned by these fairy tales ..."

- "The End of the Innocence," Don Henley (1989) MP3 audio file/lyrics at http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/songs/end_of_innocence.htm

Post Date: February 14, 2005 at 5:45 AM CST; 1145 GMT

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Added the following to Web page http://www.royblakeley.name/roy_james_blakeley/vietnam_history.htm

"Approval for his (President Johnson) handling of the war dwindled steadily from the summer of 1965. Now, for the first time, opinion crossed a significant barrier; a survey published in October 1967 showed that 46 percent of the public regarded the commitment to Vietnam as a 'mistake,' while 44 percent continued to back it. Still, the overwhelming majority of Americans opposed withdrawal and favored tougher attacks against North Vietnam. The studies disclosed another phenomenom: endorsement of the war was strongest among the college-educated, upper-income middle classes whose sons were least likely to be conscripted for combat under the deferment system. Even so, the confused and uncertain national mood at the time was probably best summed up by the housewife who told a pollster: 'I want to get out, but I don't want to give up."' - "Vietnam: A History," Stanley Karnow, The Viking Press, 1983, ISBN-0-670-74604-5 page 488.

Post Date: February 10, 2005 at 6:30 AM CST; 1230 GMT

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Added the following to Web page http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/philanthropy.htm

The Pew Charitable Trusts serves the public interest by providing information, policy solutions and support for civic life. http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/philanthropy/pew_charitable_trusts.htm

Post Date: February 7, 2005 at 11:50 AM CST; 1750 GMT