OK. I got it. Thanks, Diane!
I went to the Lightroom discussion group and saw something about deleting the folder where the library is stored.
I did a search, found mine and deleted it. Then I removed and installed LR again.
Now it opens w/ no library. Great! Now I can simply (@!?#*!!?!) rebuild my library from scratch.
Thanks be that I only had a hundred or so files in there and wasn't counting on this!!!
Kinda scary ......
Just remember that it is a beta---and 'they' have been cautioning to not use it for critical work--nor load all your shoots. I've just been loading shoots to use for demo---altho' right now I'm finding that I'm doing 2 weeks worth of shots in Maine LOL. I really do like the develop module.
BTW--you are far better off to choose to reference the files/folders from where they are on your drives--tip from Michael Tapes.