We'd wait for the magazines to have a small photo or article on our couple and cut the photos out. Dream about what the outcome would be. No fanbase arguements because we had no "boards" or websites. No Smush names. (can you imagine?!) Only a pen and paper to write a fan letter to the stars. I'm not saying those were the "good Ol Days" because now, I do enjoy dishing with others about the show --but there is an innocence lost on it all. Plus the fact most stories were brand new. Not much was repeated. When Jenny and Jessie ran to NYC it was the first time I'd seen anything like that--plus they were 'interracial'! (which is why I don't think they ever 'went there' but remained stead-fast friends instead). Couples usually hadn't gone through years and years of other partners, they were new and shiny!
The first Internet couple I remember is S&B-- that's when the whole hooplah began. The Jax/Brenda/Sonny triangle pitted the fans against each other and the NuAge of Soaps were born...the SoapNET age--TechnoSuds...I could really go on and on. DigitalDaytime??! Is it better? In some ways yes, but I do long for the days when I could love a couple and not have to defend them to a host of others.
SO! On this Valentine's Day, remember your fave couple moments: Anna/Robert's tie up-- Lucy and Alan's mad wedding, Laura and Luke and the blanket, Karen and Larry after the trial, Tom finding Erica's pills, Tara and Phil in the church saying their vows... and know that romance is alive and well in Daytime. Only now, with way more bullets to dodge and breakups to endure.