Just picked it up from the shop ( MB Auto Tech in Berlin, NJ < tell them Todd sent ya
> ) and it was indeed a bad frt wheel bearing. I had both left and right done, since I had it in there and I'm up over 114K mi.
The bad bearing showed symptom #'s 2,5,6,7 and 9 in Kesta's list so it was a no brainer to replace it. He did the whole nine with respect to replacing the bearings, grease seals, caps etc.
Steering noise ("roar") is gone and frt end feels nice and tight. I celebrated by running it up to a 100 MPH on the Atlantic City Expressway on the ride home.
I want to thank you all for your input and knowledge. It's much appreciated by someone like me who is not especially mechanically inclined. There's nothing worse than throwing money at something and not solving the problem at hand.
Quick pic of the Land Shark !