AND HE FIXED IT! And here's the coolest part! In spite of all the doomsayers who from day one had me convinced that I had lost everything because my hard drive had died---it was NOT my hard drive in the end. My hard drive was fine and when he fired it up every single document, file, program, picture, scan, comic book, video, movie, etc was still there, waiting patiently for me to get back to them! In the beginning I just had a sliver of hope but that sliver became stronger and that hope became faith and then finally that faith became FACT!
Lessons learned here--back up everything often, avoid the G#$K S@#&d if at all possible (unless you ask for Dave from the Northern KY store) and it's good to have a Mac while you wait for your PC to be fixed! Thanks to everyone for your support. I needed it and I wasn't getting it from the "experts."