We work off of a pdm server. I made that post right after I had "undo checkout" on the original solid surface part file. I went back in and recreated the handle and npt port using only surface commands.
This time, when I started the drawing, all the views came in as they were.
Since your answer sounds right, and you directly stated, "unless the entire model is surfaces" - which it is (now) - I m marking this as the correct answer.
Thank you Jim