TV dinners were developed from "Strato-Plates," the brainchild of former American serviceman William Maxon, who also devised a small cooking stove to use on aircraft - the Maxon Whirlwind Oven. He founded his company, Maxon Food Systems Inc, in 1944. Maxon died in July 1947, just as his innovation began to take off with the American public.
In 1954, another American, Gerry Thomas, took the concept one stage further, and a convenient meal for servicemen and aircraft passengers became a national and then an international institution. The deprecation of ready meals by food "connoisseurs" and pundits has not been shared by the public worldwide, but although songs about food are not uncommon, few people have had the inclination to sing the praises of convenience food in such a literal fashion. This slightly whimsical song runs to 3 minutes 50 seconds, and was released as as single backed by "Cheap Sunglasses
." A group composition - Hill, Gibbons and Beard - it was recorded in 1982 and released the following year, produced by the aptly named Bill Ham.
Alexander Baron - London, England