I have created three variations on node.tpl.php
In order to see the variables and their content in the specific nodes on the live page I used
And it worked as I hoped it would, for a while.
Now the display of variable content is gone, as are the other hard coded content words I put in. The site is behaving as though the variations of the node.tpl.php were not there.
There is one node.tpl.php for each custom directory.
This worked find before I deleted one of the nodes, and recreated it.