Well kudos and a big THANK YOU
to both of you for your help.
Today, I finally felt up to taking a look at it again (remember I had hernia surgery last Friday). Went to Advance and bought a can of MAF cleaner, came home, removed and disassembled the MAF sensor from the intake tube housing, and cleaned it thoroughly - just kept cleaning until there was no more left in the can, re-assembled it, and cranked her up.
It sounded really different (in a totally good way) right off the bat with the hood open when I goosed the throttle. Took it for a drive, and there was no sputtering. It had immediate
throttle response, and that nice WOT spunk that I hadn't seen in it for the last 3 years was back!!
I let it sit for a few hours and then took it out again this evening (before I cleaned the MAF, the symptoms were worse before it was fully warmed up, so I wanted to see how it would do driving from a cold start and on thru the full warmup cycle). Still good - didn't miss a beat.
So - YAY - I saved some money today not having to buy a new sensor!
BTW - Advance has an in-store deal going on where if you buy a can of CRC brand MAF sensor cleaner, you get a free can of Thottle Body and Intake Cleaner (they sell for $7-$8 each).