Problem solved after lots of sweat and tears. I printed out every contact list I had in my computer from e-mail rolodex, to old Palm datafiles to homemade Excel lists. Sat down and prepared to re-enter all the missing contacts in my Blackberry, and looked closely at the Blackberry Desktop Manager and ouila... there's a backup/restore function there that I've never noticed before, and I know I've never intentionally performed a backup from there. On a hunch however, I opened the backup/restore function and found the file extensions created by the backup utility. After a quick file search in my computer, I found a backup dated a week ago... before my disastrous synch that went awry! Apparently it automatically created a backup when I recently updated the OS in the Blackberry.
I pulled up and restored the data and nearly wept to find everything was back to where it was supposed to be. I have now performed backup again, with the most curent data
Can ya'll imagine a 350 pound guy jumping for joy and clicking his heels simultaneously?? Ok, maybe that's stretching it, but man, am I tickled!
Backup, backup, backup.