Just checked. The makenurbsphere1 reports start of 0 and end of 360. degree cubic, I upped the sections and spans to 48 each but that didn't seem to help.
I followed what was posted on the tor oera website at
And that's where I got the textures. I will include the mb in this and maybe that will help diagnose the problem.
It seems some days I make great headway in learning this stuff and other days things that should work just stop working.
But I'm keeping my chin up and reaching out to those who know this stuff better than I do.