Not being allowed to defend my dissertation was a painful time. But, there is no point in belaboring that now.
Whatever the reasons my adviser and the department had for their decisions, I am going ahead with my own decision to self-publish the dissertation on the Internet.
It is proving quite painful to convert WordPerfect documents into HTML documents. Microsoft Word helps a bit, but doesn't do a very good job of rendering the images. I'll work more on those as time permits.
In the meantime, I've finished the first cut at converting Chapter 1.