Sorry I couldn't find the original bug. This was not an OS problem. The reason I was getting weird fonts in text entry boxes was because somehow the user-defined font setup in prefs got set to weird fonts installed during an involuntary online update by Callwave which installed about 20 different fonts. When I set user-defined to something I wanted, it was set and has stayed set. build 2002061104 on win98se. I seriously doubt that callwave has targeted or programmed for Mozilla for this stuff and I don't understand how user-defined got set.
marking dup of that original bug.... *** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 154123 ***