Calhoun: Wake-Up Call

When It's Swingtime in the Rockies

Just got copied on a form letter sent by one Bradley Guildner of Thornton to CBS regarding Swingtown. "The offensive content clearly violates our local community standards and does not reflect your license obligation 'to serve the public interest,'" he writes. "I urge you to refuse to air future episodes of Swingtown."

Hey, Bradley, I'm deeply offended by the series, too. Here's one reason why: It's boring. Here's another: It's allegedly set in a "local community" I thought I knew very well -- Winnetka, one of the towns that fed my high school. But the producers aren't naming any names, and if any parents were up to such shenanigans in 1976, when the series is set, the kids didn't know about it. (Although even as I type this, it makes me feel a little squirmish about some of those fathers who drove me home after I babysat their kids while they were off doing -- what? Each other?)

BTW, Winnetka doesn't have anything on Denver when it comes to swingers. According to our highly suspect calculations, there are more swinger clubs per capita in Denver than in any other major metropolitan area. Read all about it here. -- Patricia Calhoun

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Patricia Calhoun co-founded Westword in 1977; she’s been the editor ever since. She’s a regular on the weekly CPT12 roundtable Colorado Inside Out, played a real journalist in John Sayles’s Silver City, once interviewed President Bill Clinton while wearing flip-flops, and has been honored with numerous national awards for her columns and feature-writing.
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