JaBu, that’s not cool and not how you should talk to others here. If you read your post carefully you told us you “have played with every combination I can think of and even stupid silly ones to no avail.” and then asked only one question “Has anyone else been successful ingetting this to work?”
So I kindly answered your question and followed-up with several more, none of which you answered. Now granted I never did see your reply, but if you intend to get community help, YOU are the one who must post details of the setup you’re attempting to configure. I can’t release details of my setup, primarily because I don’t want to and I’m not having any issues, but I can help you get yours configured.
If you would like to post the STMP details you’ve entered, we (the community, not just me) can look over them and advise you. For your information, I operate a commercial version of OpenALPR using enterprise SMTP servers, not Gmail.