Thanks for the various suggestions.
I have now found that others have had similar problems.
A lot of older versions of iPhoto 11 are having this right now:
Huxly647 figured out this fix
1. goto /Applications/iPhoto.app/Contents/Resources
2. delete the files ' googlemap.html ' and googlesearch.html
Iphoto no longer crashes, places doesn't work but it doesn't bother me too much.
Unfortunately I cannot implement "1. goto /Applications/iPhoto.app/Contents/Resources"
since there does not seem to be a file or folder called "iPhoto.app/Contents/Resources".
Also, to follow that advice, with a prudent prior precaution, I would need to copy onto a memory stick the existing versions of both
iPhoto 1.58 GB and
iPhoto Library 10.54 GB
The MBP predicts several (7) hours to compress the iPhoto Library to zip format, which seems excessive.
But I thought that zip format would be quick and help fit copies on my 8GB memory.
Have I gone wrong somewhere?