The thing that has me puzzled, is that it quit right there in front of my very own eyes. What are the odds of a coil going bad, while it is being eyeballed? Not only that, but then to have it go bad at such a tender young age of 88 or 89k miles? What are the odds? I still think there is some other gremlin* at work. Especially since we were fiddling around (for lack of a better term at the moment) with the diagnostic tool, which was activating the airpump - to make sure it was working ok.
* not the AMC kind of Gremlin.