For many people today, plopping down in front of the tube with dinner on a tray may seem like second nature. But 40 years ago, the mating of those two favorite American pastimes was only just getting under way. The matchmaker was the frozen food industry, with help from supermarket operators, and the offspring -- the TV dinner -- has been a fixture ever since. It was in 1954 that C.A. Swanson & Sons, Omaha, Neb., combined the two developing technologies of frozen food processing and ...

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