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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.

Dear Mr. Blakeley:

Thank you for your reply. I wish your daughter success in the Gateway Program. If you are ever here in Lubbock visiting, please let me know as I would enjoy meeting you and showing you our facility.

I completely understand that your story is a work in progress. We stand ready to work with you in whatever capacity you feel comfortable, if and whenever you are ready. Please let me know if you ever have any questions for me.

Best wishes,

Steve
8/23/2004 7:00 AM

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From: Larry Blakeley [mailto:larry@larryblakeley.com]
Sent: Sunday, August 22, 2004 11:31 AM
To: Maxner, Steve
Cc: KGallini@aol.com; Johnnye Blakeley
Subject: Re: Roy James Blakeley

Thanks, for your kind remarks, Steve. :-)

By the way - I have a link to Tech's gateway program with South Plains - my youngest daughter will be leaving next week to move in the dorm and start that program "Lori will be moving to Lubbock to attend Texas Tech University after progressing through the Gateway Program (a partnership between Texas Tech and South Plains College)." - http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/larry_blakeley_family.htm

Since she is coming from First Baptist Academy, downtown Dallas - which is a small environment - this will be a good way to start her next step to womanhood.

We will talk later. As you can see I'm not finished with the project and have had a vision in my mind as to what I wanted this to be. Part of this vision included a "storytelling" format - and, since the first part of the project has taken so much imaging and then putting some text in the Web site to create some sort of chronology, so people would not get lost, or confused.

So, the smoothness that only "written words" can give to a story - remain. But, just as I read stories to my children, and my parents read stories to me - this will be a story of the values of truth, justice, compassion - and, yes, pain and dispair, but hope, too.

This is a precious story for me and has been very difficult emotionally - and still is.

Best Regards,

Larry Blakeley
larry@larryblakeley.com
214-351-5504 (night/day)

P. S. - a very long one.

A recent addition to the home page to clarify - "Rome was not built in a day," so neither will this Web site, but I just couldn't refrain from put it on the internet as I progressed.

Please keep this in mind for this is very important for me to convey to you.

This is my Personal Digital Library (the "heart and soul of me to share")

- the end of the process of Information and Knowledge Management Systems (the "knowledge I have to share about these processes") for individuals - see a visual flowchart http://www.larryblakeley.com/information_management_visual.htm from my companion Web site at the home page that is http://www.larryblakeley.com

and as you venture through you will see literature, songwriters, historians, and so forth - this is a project/hobby, so I will always be hyperlinking further down below the suface of each of these initial webpages.

That is the way I view of creating a Digital Personal Library. That way you can get as deep in certain areas as I have gone. And, sometimes I will let you go by sending you to a hyperlink on the outside of this Web site. But, by showing the links - you should be able to tell when you will be sent to the outside, unless I just forgot to put it in.

But, only in very limited circumstance will you be turned over to a commercial Web site. Just in instances like say Johnny Cash's official Web site - that sort of thing - because if I do send you somewhere I want it to be the official Web site. You will experience this, especially on the companion Web site (See Index and Table of Contents http://www.larryblakeley.com/index_of_contents.htm).

So, that means I will need come up with a way of return visitors of knowing what has been added, so they can cut through what they have already seen, especially in areas of interest to them that they would like to pursue with me further. I will work on that and post it as soon as I can.

http://www.larryblakeley.com (another educational site) contains a wealth of search and other resources for students, scholars, and life long learners of information management, as well as literature, the arts, and history - virtually, everything that I felt like did not belong to my father's Web site - although some it does apply to a "cyberspace" I carved out for me on my father's Web site. You see - I'm connected at the hip to my father.

Anyway, these resources were accumulated by me over a 12-month period. The criteria for inclusion included, but was not limited to: authenticity, void of pop-ups, spyware (in other words, non-commercial Web sites), and free sources of information for resources such as eBooks or eTexts of literature, etc, with low risk of URL obsolescenc.

Literature, the arts, and history are some areas of study that have enriched my adut life in a profound way.

Then, I finish up by trying to point the direction for others to follow, without having to wander through Google, and other search engines. The time that this uses up is very significant when time is so much a premium to us all.

And, further nothing has been invented (or I haven't found it ), as yet to replace the human mind for conveying "knowledge" - "information," yes, but at times this can be overwhelming to the average learner. And, the ability to process the information in order to convert it to knowledge is just too much for many - so I help them with this.

After over 9 months of devoted research I have learned to appreciate and understand this significant distinction between "information" and "knowledge acquisition."

Again, Best Regards - Larry

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Maxner, Steve wrote:

> Dear Mr. Blakeley:
>
> Thank you for your message and for sharing the information about your father, Roy James Blakeley. I have reviewed your Web site and am impressed by your candor and openness in sharing your feelings and emotions about your experiences. As you probably realize, that is also one of the goals of our project - to preserve the history of the Vietnam War experience from the perspective of the participants and their families - in an attempt to put a face and emotion on what is usually an objective academic pursuit.
>
> I look forward to hearing back from you. Please let me know how you would like to proceed.
>
> Sincerely yours,
>
> Stephen Maxner
> Archivist, Associate Director
>
> The Vietnam Archive
> Special Collections Library Room 108
> Lubbock, TX 79409-1041
>
> Phone: 806-742-9010
> Fax: 806-742-0496
> Email: steve.maxner@ttu.edu
> Web site: www.vietnam.ttu.edu
> Material Donations Form
>
> Name:
> Larry Blakeley
>
> Address:
> P. O. Box 9280,
> Dallas, Texas 75209
>
> Phone:
> 214-351-5504
>
> Email:
> larry@larryblakeley.com
>
> Collection Contents:
> you can view my father\'s Vietnam experience at http://www.royblakeley.name We can talk after. Larry Blakeley Major Roy James Blakeley, USAF, KIA 7/22/1965
>
> Participate in Oral History Program:
> Dear Mr. Blake