The late 70s and early 80s for Y & R sound interesting to me... while the show went back to the basics by the mid 80s (with Bill Bell admitting he was trying to follow the trends of soaps during that period).. some of those gothic esque stories sounded interesting to me... Suzanne Lynch, Vanessa Prentiss, even the Robert/Angela Lawrence stories sounded interesting to watch.
Was it Bill Bell or Kay Alden that did the Joshua and Veronica Landers story? It seemed interesting, but than it veered off into just having Victor/Nikki remarry on a whim that really led to nothing really interesting (other than Diane's woman scorned story).
It's too soon for me to wig out about the primary. So far I'm seeing content and substance rise a bit more to the top, which is nice and unexpected. Whether that lasts remains to be seen. And I think it's better to get the crap about Harris, Gillibrand, etc. out of the way now vs. later.