Thanks for the help on this Mike, Chris, UCP and any others who helped me with this project. I am going to apply some final touches and give everything another test run on some different machines Monday morning. I have already shown my 2 immediate supervisors the current solution and they have been impressed ... as have I.
I did not expect LT to be able to get this close to what I wanted and I have been pleasantly surprised. I have been a long time and very vocal critic of LT's lack of customization and now I have seen that there is some flexibility thrown into its code that makes it a bit more useful than the dwg viewer and plotter with mind numbing drawn out procedures to any more than simple editing I had once thought
and just to set the record straight, NO, I did not lose a bet that required me to make that statement. I congratulate you LT users for the creativity you have developed in using the few tools at your disposal to make this program perform beyond its apparent limitations.