Who Really Invented the TV Dinner?
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@SB: Really. 😉 Even prestigious publications such as the New York Times and the Washington Post sometimes used this variant up to the late 1980s, until of course the infamous Dan Quayle incident when everybody collectively decided to abandon the somewhat antiquated spelling to avoid getting mocked. 🙂 As an interesting aside, according to the OED, there have been well over 60 common spellings for the “potato” over the years in English. 🙂
I grew up in the 60s and was told they were called “TV dinners” because they could be eaten in front of the central entertainment of that time, the TV. I recall several neighbors who had small metal tables or “TV trays” which could be brought out and set up in the den or living room so everyone could enjoy Ed Sullivan or Bonanza as a family. The TV dinner was also easier for Mom to prepare so that she would be able to join the family for Marcus Welby MD. Next time; ask an old guy ‘_’