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(Contact Info: larry at larryblakeley.com)

Important Note: You will need to click this icon to download the free needed to view most of the images on this Web site - just a couple of clicks and you're "good to go." For reasons why - go here.

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.

 

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Post Date: July 14, 2007 at 11:30 AM CDT; 1630 GMT

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Did you hear 'em talkin' 'bout it on the radio
Did you stop to read the writing at The Wall
Did that voice inside you say
I've seen this all before
It's like Deja Vu all over again
It's like Deja Vu all over again

- "Deja Vu All Over Again," John Fogerty http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/songs/deja_vu_all_over_again.htm

Post Date: July 13, 2007 at 10:48 CDT; July 14, 2007 at 0347 GMT

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Added the following to Web pages http://www.royblakeley.name/index.htm and http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/songs/fall_behind_springsteen1992.htm

 

Post Date: July 13, 2007 at 7:20 PM CDT; July 14, 2007 at 0020 GMT

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July 8, 2007 ("The Final Stage - Cleanup")

I'm completely off the anti-depressents taken since Lori's death. I suppose "... The worst is over now and we can breath again ..." - We'll see. "Broken," Seether http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/songs/broken.htm

Post Date: July 9, 2007 at 1:55 AM CDT; 0655 GMT

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

Charles "Chuck" Tofferi was shot down and killed on Thursday, October 20, 1966. Chuck Tofferi had won the 1962 William Tell fighter weapons meet at Nellis AFB, NV, flying an F-104 in September of 1962. http://www.royblakeley.name/roy_james_blakeley/tofferi_william_tell_scores196209.pdf

Post Date: July 7, 2007 at 5:00 AM CDT; 1100 GMT

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

The following is an example of the strength of DjVu for viewing large image files across the Internet. The image below is in JPEG format (click the thumnail image below to view the larger size JPEG rendition).

LizardTech's DjVu image does a very good at rendering these type of large files to viewers across the Internet. Assuming you already have downloaded the DjVu plug-in just click here to see the large version of The Highland Park High School Class of 2007. http://www.evanblakeley.name/evanblakeley_photos/20070626-0196.djvu

Just play with the "zoom" control to see for yourself why I promote DjVu so much for viewing very large files over the Internet, a format which is used by me extensivley on the Web site http://www.royblakeley.name in honor of my father, Roy James Blakeley.

Post Date: July 4, 2007 at 10:00 AM CDT; 1500 GMT

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After my son, Evan http://www.evanblakeley.name said several times over a two-week period, "Dad, you need a haircut," so I cut it - because he asked me to. ("Almost Cut My Hair," Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young (with Dallas Taylor & Greg Reeves http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/songs/david_crosby/almost_cut_my_hair.htm)

If asked, my children are the only ones on the face of God's green earth that I would do this for when I'm not ready. Sure, I look much younger. Sure, I look much cleaner. Sure, I look more mainstream. Sure, I look less intimidating. Sure, I may look a little more attractive. But, ask me if I care about these things - and the answer is, "Not one single bit. Letting my hair grow out was in disregard to all of these superficial impressions that others may have of me and complete disregard for blending in with the mainstream. There is nothing about me that is mainstream - hair, or no hair. I really just don't care what others expect of me. I remain true to myself and I won't give that up for anyone. Just thought you'd like to know."

Post Date: July 3, 2007 at 7:10 AM CDT; 1210 GMT

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

Well, my dear fellow Americans - was it really worth the price?

Where have all the soldiers gone?
Long time passing
Where have all the soldiers gone?
Long time ago
Where have all the soldiers gone?
Gone to graveyards every one

When will they ever learn?
When will they ever learn?

Covered with flowers every one
When will we ever learn?
When will we ever learn?

- "Where Have All the Flowers Gone," words and music by Pete Seeger
http://www.english.upenn.edu/~afilreis/50s/seeger-bio-2.html http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/songs/where_flowers_gone.htm

Do you really believe our youth want to die for a cause that very well may be determined afterwards to be a lost cause? Under what conditions is our great society really threatened enough for the ultimate sacrifice of our youth - the protectors of our freedom? Are the illusive answers to any of these questions put forth for your consideration really any different today? Can you make your determination based on the facts and circumstances surrounding each battle cry? Can you step out of your comfort zone of pre-determined prejudice in thought in order to make sure for yourself, in your own mind, that you are, in fact, analyzing your position in an objective fashion - free of prejudice, free of your "old self" and the way you viewed the world and your fellow man?

Do you have the courage to look within yourself - your heart, your soul, and your mind no matter what dark secrets you may find? Even to the end of seeing that you may, in fact, be (heaven forbid) a Christian Supremacist - "Are You a Christian Supremacist?": Lessons from Attention to Native American Religions, a Lecture by Theodore Walker, Jr., Associate Professor of Ethics and Society at the Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, 1 May 1996. http://faculty.smu.edu/twalker/moral96.htm#supremacy

How many times must a man look up
Before he can see the sky?
Yes, 'n' how many ears must one man have
Before he can hear people cry?
Yes, 'n' how many deaths will it take till he knows
That too many people have died?
The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind,
The answer is blowin' in the wind.

- "Blowin' In The Wind," Bob Dylan (MP3 audio file/lyrics) http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/songs/blowin_in_wind.htm

What if it was your son, your husband, your friend, your loved one - would you still feel the same? Do you really understand the fear, loneliness, and sadness of our young dying this way?

"Spiritual," Josh Haden (Johnny Cash version -

MP3 audio file/lyrics) http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/songs/johnny_cash/spiritual.htm

And, can you bring yourselves to believe what a dirty little German Nazis said many years ago?

"Of course the people don't want war. But after all, it's the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it's always a simple matter to drag the people along whether it's a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism, and exposing the country to greater danger." - Herman Goering at the Nuremberg trials, http://www.snopes.com/quotes/goering.htm

And, has God really empowered America to be the decider of what's best for the rest of the world? Are we really God's chosen people and steward acting on His behalf - next in line after the descendants of Abraham? And, do you entrust to the President of the United States the power to exercise extreme caution before making HIS determination to kill peoples of other countries? And, is it really right to kill others in the name of justice for all?

And I'll never understand why the man
Standing in the Pearly Gates said...

"But your flag decal won't get you
Into Heaven any more.
We're already overcrowded
From your dirty little war.
Now Jesus don't like killin'
No matter what the reason's for,
And your flag decal won't get you
Into Heaven any more."

- "Your Flag Decal Won't Get You Into Heaven," John Prine http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/songs/prine_flag_decal_heaven.htm

And, are you willing to Take the Power Back if it should come to that? http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/songs/take_power_back.htm

"The children of American searching for manhood, respect, and honor as the other protectors of fellow Americans, but the look my father has just is not there, yet - America's children MP3 audio file/lyrics at http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/songs/johnny_cash/johnny_cash/spiritual.htm, or do you believe Professor Kathryn Statle, as well as many just like her in our universites across America and certain political opportunists' stereotype of the Vietnam veteran?

Which is it for you?

Post Date: July 2, 2007 at 6:40 AM CDT; 1140 GMT

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Well, my dear fellow Americans - was it really worth the price?

Where have all the soldiers gone?
Long time passing
Where have all the soldiers gone?
Long time ago
Where have all the soldiers gone?
Gone to graveyards every one

When will they ever learn?
When will they ever learn?

Covered with flowers every one
When will we ever learn?
When will we ever learn?

- "Where Have All the Flowers Gone," words and music by Pete Seeger
http://www.english.upenn.edu/~afilreis/50s/seeger-bio-2.html http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/songs/where_flowers_gone.htm

Do you really believe our youth want to die for a cause that very well may be determined afterwards to be a lost cause? Under what conditions is our great society really threatened enough for the ultimate sacrifice of our youth - the protectors of our freedom? Are the illusive answers to any of these questions put forth for your consideration really any different today? Can you make your determination based on the facts and circumstances surrounding each battle cry? Can you step out of your comfort zone of pre-determined prejudice in thought in order to make sure for yourself, in your own mind, that you are, in fact, analyzing your position in an objective fashion - free of prejudice, free of your "old self" and the way you viewed the world and your fellow man?

Do you have the courage to look within yourself - your heart, your soul, and your mind no matter what dark secrets you may find? Even to the end of seeing that you may, in fact, be (heaven forbid) a Christian Supremacist - "Are You a Christian Supremacist?": Lessons from Attention to Native American Religions, a Lecture by Theodore Walker, Jr., Associate Professor of Ethics and Society at the Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, 1 May 1996. http://faculty.smu.edu/twalker/moral96.htm#supremacy

How many times must a man look up
Before he can see the sky?
Yes, 'n' how many ears must one man have
Before he can hear people cry?
Yes, 'n' how many deaths will it take till he knows
That too many people have died?
The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind,
The answer is blowin' in the wind.

- "Blowin' In The Wind," Bob Dylan (MP3 audio file/lyrics) http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/songs/blowin_in_wind.htm

What if it was your son, your husband, your friend, your loved one - would you still feel the same? Do you really understand the fear, loneliness, and sadness of our young dying this way?

"Spiritual," Josh Haden (Johnny Cash version -

MP3 audio file/lyrics) http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/songs/johnny_cash/spiritual.htm

And, can you bring yourselves to believe what a dirty little German Nazis said many years ago?

"Of course the people don't want war. But after all, it's the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it's always a simple matter to drag the people along whether it's a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism, and exposing the country to greater danger." - Herman Goering at the Nuremberg trials, http://www.snopes.com/quotes/goering.htm

And, has God really empowered America to be the decider of what's best for the rest of the world? Are we really God's chosen people and steward acting on His behalf - next in line after the descendants of Abraham? And, do you entrust to the President of the United States the power to exercise extreme caution before making HIS determination to kill peoples of other countries? And, is it really right to kill others in the name of justice for all?

And I'll never understand why the man
Standing in the Pearly Gates said...

"But your flag decal won't get you
Into Heaven any more.
We're already overcrowded
From your dirty little war.
Now Jesus don't like killin'
No matter what the reason's for,
And your flag decal won't get you
Into Heaven any more."

- "Your Flag Decal Won't Get You Into Heaven," John Prine http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/songs/prine_flag_decal_heaven.htm

And, are you willing to Take the Power Back if it should come to that? http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/songs/take_power_back.htm

Post Date: July 1, 2007 at 11:40 AM CDT; 1640 GMT