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Q. Who discovered TV dinners?

A. W.L. Maxson, a design engineer, is thought to have produced the first frozen dinners. Maxson experimented with the idea in New York, and his company, W.L. Maxson Co., packed these frozen dinners for the Navy in 1944. FrigiDinner came along soon after, and Quaker State Foods Corp. followed suit in the early 1950s. But in 1954, Swanson brought out a frozen dinner and packaged it in a box with a TV on the front. Inside were turkey with cornbread dressing, peas and whipped sweet potatoes. The box even called it a "TV Dinner." And that's when the idea really caught on.