I found a link that I think can be of some help to lots of people out there so I am going to post it here. It allows you to use a web page to convert files to other formats for free. So you could convert a Publisher file to a Word file or even into the open source ODT file format to be used with Open Office. Here is the link:
Zamzar File Conversion Page
Looks like http://zamzar.com will be added to my list of favorites. This site can convert all of the major file document types as well as images, videos, music, and even archives (zip, tgz, etc). Pretty cool find!!