The Washington Times-Herald


May 4, 2013

A confession directly from Genoa City, Wis.

WASHINGTON — I am a confessed hopeless addict. And, after a conversation this week, even my co-workers know the ugly truth. I rarely go an entire week without catching up on my soap opera - The Young and the Restless.

This devotion to the steamy, emotionally twistedness in Genoa City, Wis., didn’t just evolve. This year Y and R is celebrating its 40th anniversary.

And if you must know, I believe my entanglement in the drama playing out on my family’s black and white 19-inch Sylvania, pulling local channels with a set of rabbit ears, started when I was but a child.

I was a devotee of all the drama from the Phillip Chancellor mansion, and the Abbott-Newman feuds - and back then, the wealthy Brooks family and the working-class Fosters.

This spring, as each episode opened with a long-time cast member recalling his or her early days on the show, I would remember scenes from the good ole days when I had a crush on rock star Danny Romalotti and Dr. Snapper Foster (born William Foster Jr. in case you didn’t remember), played by David Hasselhoff.

Michael Damian, a real rock star and an 18-year veteran of The Y and R, still makes guest appearances as Romalotti on the show today. I’ll always remember the night on the campus at Vincennes University when, with my press pass around my neck, I was allowed backstage at Damian’s concert at Green Auditorium. He turned 51 last month, but is still very handsome. I’d probably still go to his show if he ventured this way again.

My mother was a devout Christian woman who tried to raise her three girls to always do the right thing. But, she must have had a soft spot for the soap opera herself, or maybe she just didn’t want to hear us whine.

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