It all works great if you know the two tricks below.
1.) Go into the VMware Display Setting and shut off accelerated graphics (or it won’t boot)
2.) VMware Build Tools must be built from source on this newbie Linux Kernel, this will happen automagically in the vmware-install.pl script as long as you first install build-essential and the linux-headers.
$ sudo apt-get install build-essential
$ sudo apt-get install linux-headers-$(uname -r)
$ sudo ./vmware-install.pl -d