I Think I got it.
I took a casting class two weeks ago. Not much help except to wave the rod between 11 and 2. Last Monday my rod and reel arrived and since then I have spent 30 minutes a day waving the thing around trying to make a cast. Yesterday, after calling my brother-in-law in Michigan, I think I got it. Now when I cast the line floats out to the end and settles in the grass (most of the time). Now all I need is years of practice to make it go where I want. Of course I am 69+ so I probably don't have years to perfect it. But now I can load up the jeep and head to the water.
There is no joy like the joy of making a respectable cast with the fly outfit.