*WHEW!* glad that workaround worked.
You don't have to name your firstborn or anything after me - but I am curious about your publication (unless it is a private affair) - hope it turns out okay, since the proof is in the print.
A few details for anyone wandering down this thread in the future:
As I noted, Postscript is one of the older printer languages. When you successfully create a file it it you have essentially turned the fonts into a picture (along with any pictures on the pages). If you can't convert the file into a postscript file then you have a postscript error
going on - in other words, one of the fonts you are using is corrupted, or is having a problem with another font in your document. In the old days, the rule of thumb was to limit your fonts to three per project - partly to avoid this, and help with trouble shooting, and of course, there's only so much you can do with a machine running at 60 MHz or less with 32 MB of RAM. Today, you don't have these problems - but fonts do sometimes conflict with one another.
To a far lesser degree, a file format called Encapsulated PostScript (.EPS) can also be a culprit, but in most cases it is a font. If you think that an .EPS file is at fault, convert the thing to a high resolution .TIF file (with LZW compression on, or it will be huge!)
Now while Postscript essentially turns your document into a picture, Portable Ducument Files (.PDF) tries to embed the fonts into the document. The reason why is obvious - the file will be far smaller than a postscript file, and easier to edit in Acrobat Pro if needed. But if you have two fonts that don't get along, you wind up with printing problems. Never mind that the document printed out fine at home out of its native application, it happens. Even worse, sometimes the font is not embedded, and Acrobat tries to put in a substitute when it is reading it.
Luckily, .PDF files are essentially a descendant of good old Postscript, and it was designed from the start to take those huge Postscript files and convert them into .pdf files.
So the basic rule of thumb is, if your .pdf file is not working right, and you can't figure out the font that's causing the problem, try converting it to Postscript and then convert that file onto a .pdf.
Good luck all!