I RETRIEVED THE CD!
I cut power to the laptop and then manually opened the drive. Next, I held the laptop, with drive door open, to expose more light inside.
I saw thin edge of the CD on top of the drive tray housing. I tried to shake but no movement.
I used a small eye glass screw driver to put slight down pressure on the drive housing, and the CD came part way out.
I pulled gently on the CD, and it came half way out.
I had to twist gently to unhook the center hole–then it all came out.
Thank you for the encouragement.