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Chef Extraordinaire
Dec 20, 2005
southeastern pa.
trivia 5/30
In North America, you might fear the grizzly, but it's white-tailed deer that kill an average of 130 Americans per year by causing auto accidents. Deer collide with cars more than 1.5 million times per year.

1. What state's border claims territory in 4 of the 5 Great Lakes?
2. In the world of kitchen tools, what do we North Americans call a passatutto ?
3. Which among these actresses won the coveted Oscar four times?
Julia Roberts
Bette Davis
Nicole Kidman
Katharine Hepburn
4. Biblically speaking, With whom did David commit adultery?
5. The poor, tenderhearted young lady is struggling to control her emotions. She is weeping disconsolately over the injured sparrow. In brief, how could one describe this sentimental youngster?
An apposite adolescent
A jocular juvenile
A truculent teen
A maudlin maiden
6. Most ballet terminology is spoken in which language?
7. In what 60s musical starring Carol Channing are the lyrics "It's so nice to be back home where I belong" sung?
8. Which is farther north ; Daytona Beach or Orlando (Florida)
Swanson introduced the first Individual-Serving complete frozen dinner.
1. Michigan
2. a Food Mill
3. Katharine Hepburn
4. Bathsheba
5. A maudlin maiden
6. French
7. Hello Dolly
8. Daytona Beach
Several smaller companies had conceived of frozen dinners earlier;
In 1944, William L. Maxson's frozen dinners were being served on airplanes.
Other prepackaged meals were also marketed before Swanson's TV Dinner.
In 1948, plain frozen fruits and vegetables were joined by what were then
called 'dinner plates' with a main course, potato, and vegetable.
Later, in 1952, the first frozen dinners on oven-ready aluminum trays were
introduced by Quaker States Foods under the One-Eye Eskimo label.
Quaker States Foods was joined by other companies including Frigi-Dinner, which
offered such fare as beef stew with corn and peas, veal goulash with peas
and potatoes, and chicken chow mein with egg rolls and fried rice.
But the first to achieve success was Swanson.
Swanson, a large producer of canned and frozen poultry in Omaha, Nebraska,
was able to promote the widespread sales and adaptation of frozen dinner by
using its nationally-recognized brand name with an extensive national
marketing campaign nicknamed "Operation Smash" and the clever advertising
name of "TV Dinner," which tapped into the public's excitement around the
new device.
The name "TV dinner" came from the shape of the tray it was served on.
The main entrée was in a bigger compartment on one side of the tray and the vegetables lined up in smaller compartments on the other side. The arrangement was similar to that of the front panels of a 1950s television set: a screen on the left and speakers and control on the right. There were other theories about the name of the TV dinner. One reason was that early packaging featured the image of a TV set. Another was that many families would eat these in front of a TV set.

The first Swanson-brand TV Dinner was produced in the United States and
consisted of a Thanksgiving meal of turkey, cornbread dressing, frozen peas
and sweet potatoes packaged in a tray like those used at the time for
airline food service.

1960 – Swanson added desserts (such as apple cobbler and brownies) to a new four-compartment tray.
1969 – The first TV breakfasts were marketed (pancakes and sausage were the favorites). Great Starts Breakfasts and breakfast sandwiches (such as egg and Canadian bacon) followed later.
1973 – The first Swanson Hungry-Man dinners were marketed; these were larger portions of its regular dinner products. The American football player "Mean" Joe Greene, was its spokesman.
1986 – The first microwave oven–safe trays were marketed.


Master Chef
Sep 4, 2004
Galena, IL
Boy, am I losing it. Only got 4! (Michigan, Maudlin, French, and Daytona, but then, I lived there and drove to Orlando to visit a sis more times than I can count!). I would have sworn Bette Davis! Oh, well.
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