What was your first character crush? Mine was the first Phil Brent from AMC. (Richard Hatch). Although we went on to more fame in Battle Star Galactica ...he remained "my Phil" forever!! He and Tara were deeply in love, planning to get married when he had to be shipped off to Vietnam. So real back then. They were the first to "marry themselves" in a little church before he left. (recreated by Liz and Lucky of GH) and made love. What happened a few years later? HE was alive!! Yep, the first 'back from the dead" story I remember too.
When AMC premiered I was in elementary school and so ready for some TEEN ANGST on soaps!! I saw the first episode in Patty Andolina's basement. LOL..Crazy the stuff you remember. AMC was my mom and my soap for years. It was on right after lunch and we'd catch it during holidays and in the summer.
That's my Pine Valley adventure in a nutshell!! BTW, Tara was played by Karen Lynn Gorney. I loved her. Not only because we shared a first and middle name but because she was in between the "good girl" and... well Erica Kane LOL Then she went to star in Saturday Night Fever and my world was so happy!
PS My TV was black and white then as well! I had to go to our neighbors, the Tomkins to watch Christmas shows and things like Cinderella (Stuart Damon!!). Rough childhood lol