Thanks a million! I originally had trouble installing tesseract (didn't know make file had to be run as root). Eventually I got on to abillionbillion.com and followed the directions there and it installed! Then I had to learn to import pdfs into gimp as black and white, not color, and save as tiff (tesseract only renders tif files). Then simple: run tesseract from the prompt and it OCR's perfectly!
Thanks, thanks, thanks, thanks!