Thanks rtur! This got me on the right track. The source code within the source code tab is more for the newest version of blogengine (I'm guessing it's using the newer .net framework). But I was able to pull out pieces from it along with pieces from
Janko's post and make it work for the standard 1.6.1 release that I have. I have it at least working in my development. Later today I'll publish it to my live blog that has both comments and pingbacks.
If anyone else is interested in applying this to your 1.6.1 release let me know and I'll send you my code for CommentView.ascx and CommentView.ascx.cs.
Again, thank you so much for your help.