Thanks for the feedback till. I set the MySQL root password to blank to assure that I wouldn't have any problems during setup of ISPConfig. I finally got ISPConfig running last night.
I initially had a password set that included no special characters. For whatever reason, the ISPCongig install would halt when trying to connect to the MySQL db. It said that root@localhost did not exist (something like that).
Anyhow, now I need to change the password in MySQL from blank. I also need to change it in ISPConfig. Now that everything is running, I am unsure how to do this. Can you offer any instruction?