After I requested (and got approved) a new BB....
This weekend...6 days later I went to buy the right size Torx screwdriver to disassemble my BB. Once I got the BB disassembled I put the battery in and amazingly the display lit up. I looked around and then reassembled it. I put the SIM in (and once I got it oriented correctly) everything works like new.
Thanks for your help.
I have a new 8820 on the way...to replace my working 8800.
The moral of the story...don't give up.