Ahh, thank you Matthew! That was just the push I needed!

I don't know what I was thinking before, brain fart perhaps, but I was
unnecessarily converting back and forth between string and integer.

Anyway, this is the winning program:

puts 'Enter your first, middle and last name:'
name1 = gets.chomp
name2 = gets.chomp
name3 = gets.chomp
names = name1.length + name2.length + name3.length
puts 'There are ' + names.to_s + ' character\'s in your name!'

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Now onto greater obstacles! Once more, thanks Matthew!

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