The moral of this experience is READ THE INSTRUCTIONS..... I have 5 phones right now, and have had around 20 over the past couple of years. They all enter recovery somewhat differently. A diff. combination of button pushing and holding, and let off this one now, etc.......
I was holding the volume down, and power button. The phone would boot into recovery, bur none of the buttons.would work. So, everything is good now. Thanks.