When I say, “Baby it’s cold outside,” I’m not talking about the classic back-and-forth, male and female duet that had social media all a-twitter over the holidays.
This holiday favorite has been around since 1944, won an Academy Award for best original song, and has been recorded by countless artists—everyone from Dean Martin to Lady Gaga—making it a holiday regular for decades.
There was a brief period last December when the song was banned from radio airwaves, after programmers decided the lyrics strongly suggested sexual harassment. Puh-lease! More than 15,000 listeners called or e-mailed a single Denver radio station, demanding the song be added back to their holiday play-list.The reaction across the nation was similarly indignant. After that embarrassing public skirmish, it seemed like “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” was playing everywhere we went during the holidays. But that’s not what I was getting at. My meaning was very literal, and it involved outside temperatures in these parts dropping like a proverbial stone.
At the risk of making the understatement of the year, I’d say it has been pretty cold here recently.

(Please see the Jan. 24 issue of the Tri-County News for more on this story.)

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