That was it. And yes, it is HTML 101. I realize that and feel even dumber now.
It's just that sometimes, when I am focused for hours (days) on learning new stuff I overlook the simple stuff I have been doing for years. I can't believe it took me 4 days of scrubbing through the php code only to find that it was a simple HTML issue all along. (I need a nap).
Thanks for the help. I can move on to something else now.