Is what you are calling a variable actually a textfield? If so, you should make sure that it (they) is set to be a single line textfield rather than multiline. Also, text3.text = text1.text should be sufficient, no need for the extra quotes.
Thanks for the reply, it led me to the answer.
I had a piece of example code that I followed that had this line in it.
which led me to believe that if I wanted to load a textfile that was dynamically named and generated externally, that I needed to provide that name through a variable, and would need the quotes.
<param name=FlashVars value="myVariable=Michael011852.txt&mySecondVariable=0.30000" />
so I was attempting to add "quotes" around my flashvar data , but, that is what I get for thinking.
Apparently all I had to do the whole time was this in order to get it to work.
go figure. doh!
You're welcome. Your use of "anything.text" would indicate you are trying to use a textfield and not a variable, which is why I asked.