Thanks for the idea, much appreciated.
I thought my issue may be a gnome limitation, so I've also downloaded and tried everything with KDE (kubuntu) as well, but experience the same problems.
I tried your idea out, and it did work to keep my terminal window open, but as soon as I was done cycling through the pages the terminal window closed. And that was only with KDE. With Gnome, I experienced the same original issue of the terminal opening then closing right away.
Another suggestion I found somewhere was to create a small script that calls the command/app within it. Same original issue.