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    The Young and the Restless - NEWS ROOM

    In our 'The Young and the Restless' News Room, Soaps.com keeps you up-to-date with the latest Soap Opera news on the net. We also feature interviews with the soap stars, as well as local appearances by the actors and actresses.

    Y&R Yesteryears: 35 Years Ago!

    Monday, March 24 2008


    Chris Brooks weds Snapper Foster (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 Soaps.com 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.


    Leslie Brooks and Brad Eliot. (CBS)
    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 Soaps.com 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.

    Soaps.com 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!


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    USER COMMENTS

    Posted by margejune at Monday, March 24 2008 08:39 AM

    I remember this soap when it first started....love it more today....so exciting....thank you Lee Bell for keeping the show going even after the death of Bill....I enjoy the entire show....very interesting and exciting...keep up the great work.....

    Posted by suebizzy at Tuesday, March 25 2008 09:58 AM

    I liked the old Y&R, the storylines today or to over the top, I keep watching hoping they will get better

    Posted by snowprincess374 at Tuesday, March 25 2008 08:00 PM

    My name is Tracey and when i was little david hasselhoff was on there as snapper and i loved the storylines i think right now they need to get jena and gloria off that is just crap! and it's like you all are bored and have nothing better to do.

    Posted by HELEN vLAMIS at Wednesday, March 26 2008 09:49 AM

    I have been watching the Young and the Restless since it first started and enjoyed reading and seeing all the actors from way back It brought back so many memories this is such a wonderful soap I love looking forward every day watching it Keep up the good work and congradulations

    Posted by ojudy59 at Wednesday, March 26 2008 08:22 PM

    I have been watching Y&R for 35 years. I remember what i was doing when the first episode aired, i was 14 years old. I love it then and love it now. I wish they would bring back clips of the older shows so that they can show where the show comes from and how it got to where it is today. I sometimes go to you tube to watch some of the older clips, i love seeing the Brooks, Fosters and of course Katherine, to me Katherine is Y&R, i want to be just like her when i grow up LOL

    Posted by shoozeyque2 at Thursday, October 23 2008 07:00 AM

    I have been watching Y&R since its first episode on tv. Loved Liz Foster. I especially remember "Snapper" who was played by William Espey from '73 to '75, and in 2003, he and the original "Greg Foster" came back for an episode or two; then David Hasselhoff later stepped in and played the part from 1975 to 1982. Jill Foster is still the mean and cantankerous person I remember her to be, probably only meaner now. I really loved those s/l's in those days. Am still a huge fan, and have seen all the remaining characters evolve. Not sure if I like today's s/l's or not. They are not so believable like the old days which is what separated Y&R from all the rest.

    Posted by harleygirl49 at Tuesday, June 08 2010 03:12 PM

    I watched Y&R from the very beginning. Chris and Snapper were my favorite couple. I have taken breaks from the show but never for long. I wish there was a web site that has all the old episodes so that I could watch them. I have really started to love the relationship of Billy and Victoria and am looking forward to seeing where they are taking there relationship.

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