Who really invented the TV Dinner?

If you are a regular peruser of blogs and online news, you may have learned last week of the gentleman who “invented the TV Dinner” who passed away.

One problem…he didn’t actually invent it.


A better candidate for the invention?

The real first frozen dinner debuted in 1944. It was sold to the Navy and airlines by the W.L. Maxson Co. of New York and consisted of an entree and two vegetables on paperboard trays treated with Bakelite resin, according to Frozen Food Age magazine and food historian Laura Shapiro.

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