July 18 marked the 10th anniversary of the passing of TV dinner inventor Gerry Thomas.
In the early 1950's, Thomas observed how airlines provided passengers with meals in aluminum serving trays. He modified this by adding separate sections for the main course, vegetable and potato. This resulted in the first Swanson TV Dinner.
For only $.89, over 25 million were sold in 1954, the first year of production.
Growing up in the 1960's as a teenager, my dad was a teacher during the day and a high school librarian several nights per week. On those evenings, I would have to prepare dinner for myself and my younger sister. When we tired of the local options such as McDonalds, Westons, pizza or Chinese takeout, TV dinners were a quick solution.
Even during college and post-college bachelor days, TV dinners always found some space in the freezer compartment of my refrigerator.
Perhaps the Post Office should consider issuing a stamp for Gerry Thomas and the TV dinner, still American as apple pie 62 years later.