Ok .... problem solved. It was a silly question with a simple solution. The cause: my own stupidity. Perhaps, I should have mentioned I was running KDE. Anyways, I had set the font globally to Symbol. On the actual box this looked fine, but for some reason on the remote desktops I could see the real font. Go figure. So simply changing the font to something normal solved my problem.
BTW, I am running both Redhat and Gentoo boxes now (Gentoo rocks, RH does not). I have never been able to get fonts working properly in the KDE environment. Most of the fonts (including Symbol) appear to be just one standard font. When I was running only RH, I figured it was just some quirk in my setup. However, I'm seeing exactly the same thing with my Gentoo/KDE setup. If you have any suggestions what is going on, please post.
(did I mention Gentoo rocks?)