Python comes in two versions: Python 2.7.6 which has now been superseded by Python 3.4.0. The critical line in Python to access MySQL is "import MySQLdb"
Thanks to a response from StackOverFlow, I realized that I was unintentionally accessing MySQL through Python version 2.7.6. Apparently, "MySQLdb" is not compatible with Python version 3.4.0.
Searching the internet has disclosed alternatives for connecting Python to MySql, however, many of the suggestions do not disclose whether the offered solutions would actually work with Python version 3.4.0.
However, upon entering python with "python3"; I still received the error message "ImportError: No module named 'MySQLdb'" after typing in: "import MySQLdb". So something was still wrong.
As an FYI MySQL evidently has its own connector, but I don't know whether it works or does not work with Python 3.4. Connecting to MySQL Using Connector/Python I will have to look into this more.
Any advice on how to connect Python 3.4 with MySQL?