I'm beginning to wonder if the new kernel has issues with the v1 Raspberry Pi? I could try an older version of Raspbian or try another Pi (I have 2 more of the ver1 Pi but nothing newer). Perhaps in the morning I will try those ideas. Anyone else have any suggestions? It looked pretty straight forward from the tutorials. Hope there is a break. Would love to finish this space ship.
TBH I've never tried the new(est) kernel/version of Raspbian on my B1 Pi** - most of my "GPIO/I2C/SPI stuff" is running on an updated B+ or A+ and, occasionally on the P2B. FWIW, if you want to download and revert to any older (pre-P2B?) images (or NOOBS installed equivalent) the archives are here:
W.r.t. the new kernel, you may find you (still) need to do something that's discussed here:
** It's mainly used to run the wiki from which I export my "Raspberry Pi Webpages" (see sig.) and thus, rarely updated "If it ain't broke, don't fix it "
Still running Raspbian Jessie or Stretch on some older Pi's (an A, B1, 2xB2, B+, P2B, 3xP0, P0W, 2xP3A+, P3B+, P3B, B+, and a A+) but Buster on the P4B's. See: https://www.cpmspectrepi.uk/raspberry_pi/raspiidx.htm