(solved) generate subdivision surface

well this is frustrating… …why is it not in the dropdown menu? Edit mode or object mode, it isn’t there anymore. I leave for 3 years, come back, and everything is different. I feel like Rip Van winkle. sigh

It’s a 2.49 file (I guess the backwards compatibility design philosophy was tossed), now I get the error, “modifier is disabled, skipping apply” WTF? Disabled? WTF?

OK, found it, wiki says generate --> subdivision surface

however, it is generate --> ion surface (“ion” surface? WTF?)