I believe the issue was the external HD I purchased was not formatted for Mac . . . once I took care of that - all went well! The slide show transferred and the surprise 70th birthday party was a huge sucess. Thank you everyone!
Oh and the farm is good - all crops are in with the exception of dry corn, we are fresh packing the onions and the market is good and the quality of the potatoes was better than ever! Let's hope the prices hold as well as the market! Thanks and don't forget to eat your spuds and onions! C