Chris Brooks weds Snapper Foster (CBS)

Leslie Brooks and Brad Eliot. (CBS)

Thirty-five years ago, a doctor from Chicago by the name of Brad Eliot (Tom Hallick) rode into a place called Genoa City to start a new life. In another part of town, Snapper Foster (William Grey Espy), a med student, listened to his waitress friend muse about how 'restless' she feels stuck in Genoa City. These scenes began a new era in daytime television, which has led to the celebration this week (on March 26th) of thirty-five years of Y&R!

As many readers know, The Young and the Restless was created under the working title, "The Innocent Years"! However, co-creators Bill and Lee Bell soon realized that perhaps that wasn't the most fitting title for a drama about the lives of young people in the early seventies. Imagine "The Innocent Years" being the title today! In the first indicator of the Bells' remarkable insight and intuition where the show was concerned, they decided to change the name to "The Young and the Restless".

Initially, the soap focused on a group of core families. Amazingly, many of these characters, and/or their descendents, remain front and center on Y&R to this day! One of the main families at the outset was the Foster family, consisting of oldest son, Snapper (William Grey Espy), ready to become a doctor, his brother Greg (James Houghton), a recent graduate of Yale, and their sister Jill (Brenda Dickson), who had left school to work as a beautician, and Liz (Julianna McCarthy) their single mother.

Another prominent family at the show's beginning was the Brooks family. Stuart (Robert Colbert), the patriarch, was a newspaper publisher married to Jennifer (Dorothy Green). They had four beautiful, but very different daughters, Chris (Trish Stewart), Leslie (Janice Lynde), Lorie (Jaime Lyn Bauer), and Peggy (Pamela Peters Solow). Chris, of course became involved with Snapper Foster in one of the drama's first great love stories.

Kay Chancellor was also on the scene, a very complicated and unhappy, but wealthy woman, played magnificently from the start by the incomparable Jeanne Cooper. As readers all know, it is a testament to the vision of the Bells' that Kay and Jill and their trials and tribulations continue to this day on The Young and the Restless. It is well worth mentioning that some of the original characters maintained or boosted their popularity in spite of casting changes. Snapper, originally played by William Grey Espy, is most memorable today as portrayed by his predecessor, David Hasslehoff, and our beloved Jill Foster Abbott, transitioned seamlessly through today as played by actresses Brenda Dickson, Deborah Adair and most notably, by Jess Walton, who owns the role to this day. congratulates The Young and the Restless on the remarkable storytelling, casting, and vision that will culminate this week in the celebration of thirty-five magnificent years on air. Here's hoping for many, many more years of Y&R to come! Watch this space for more "Yesteryears" installments this week as we continue to look back through the most enjoyable years of our beloved show! Check out the original opening at YouTube!