AS mentioned in his post, he didn't have a smart phone. All that droid stuff doesn't apply to his situation.
While I feel your pain, Scotty, it is time to move forward with phone technology. Ironically, my last cell phone was a Flip as well, and the screen died. No tel # backup. Fortunately, Google does a lot of great things so that manual re-entry of the telephone/address book wasn't needed. It took the data from my Outlook contact list.
Good luck, my friend.