Former Iggy Winner. I used to be somebody special
- Aug 15, 2011
Welcome to TV Dinner Day!
National TV Dinner Day is observed annually on September 10th. In 1953, C.A. Swanson & Sons changed the prepackaged meal business forever. Introducing the TV Dinner revolutionized frozen food.
In 1962, Swanson stopped using the name TV Dinner. However, in the United States, the term remains synonymous with any prepackaged dinner purchased frozen from a store and heated at home.
The first Swanson TV Dinner consisted of a Thanksgiving meal of turkey, cornbread dressing, peas, and sweet potatoes. The original tray was made of aluminum and each food item had separate compartments. The dinner had to be heated in the oven. Most meals cooked in the oven for 25 minutes. Today, nearly all frozen food trays can be cooked in the microwave or in a conventional oven.
The original product sold for 98 cents. The first year, Swanson’s production estimate was 5,000 dinners. To their surprise, Swanson far exceeded that amount. In the first year, they sold more than 10 million of them.
- 1960 – Swanson added desserts to a new four-compartment tray.
- 1964 – Night Hawk name originated from the Night Hawk steak houses that operated in Austin, Texas from 1939 through 1994. The original diners were open all night catering to the late-night crowd. The restaurants produced the first frozen Night Hawk TV dinner in 1964.
- 1969 – The first TV breakfasts were marketed. Great Starts Breakfasts and breakfast sandwiches followed later.
- 1973 – The first Swanson Hungry-Man dinners were marketed; these were larger portions of its regular dinner products.
- 1986 – The first microwave oven-safe trays were marketed.
- 1986 – The Smithsonian Institute inducted the original Swanson TV Dinner tray into the Museum of American History.
Syracuse Basketball: Orange coaches visiting 2020 4-star Andre Jackson (itlh; Adler)
Syracuse basketball coaches Jim Boeheim and Gerry McNamara on Monday are meeting with premier 2020 prospect Andre Jackson from The Albany Academy.
The Syracuse basketball squad possesses a dearth of scholarships for its 2020 recruiting class, which means that the Orange coaching staff has honed in on a handful of guys, like Andre Jackson, who will become collegiate freshmen in a year.
Perhaps no target is more important, at this juncture, to the ‘Cuse 2020 class than the four-star wing, and the fabulous Donna Ditota of Syracuse.com is reporting that head coach Jim Boeheim and one of his assistants, Gerry McNamara, are expected to visit Jackson on Monday.
The 6-foot-6 small forward, out of The Albany Academy in Albany, N.Y., took an official visit to the Orange campus in early May. ‘Cuse coaches have recruited Jackson, who suits up on the AAU circuit with the Albany City Rocks, for an extended period of time, and it’s no secret that he’s a huge priority for Syracuse.
Jackson, generally regarded as a top-75 prospect nationally in the class of 2020, recently trimmed his list to five schools, and they are the Orange, along with Connecticut, Iowa, Maryland and UCLA.
Currently, the ‘Cuse has 12 scholarship players, no seniors on its roster, and a previous commitment from 2020 four-star power forward Woody Newton.
Theoretically, Syracuse doesn’t presently have a slot available for another 2020 target, such as Jackson, although it’s likely that a spot will open up, due to a transfer out of the program, or someone declaring early for the NBA Draft.
Ditota notes in her article that Monday is the beginning of the fall recruiting cycle, and Jackson’s high-school coach, Brian Fruscio, said in the piece that coaches from all five of Jackson’s finalists plan to visit with him this week.
Analysts on the 247Sports Web site continue to peg the Orange as the favorite to secure Jackson’s services, but we’ve traveled down this road before with other guys.
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ACC Championship Coaches (DBR; King)
When Virginia won the 2019 NCAA championship, it presumably put to bed all the carping about the limitations imposed by its contained style of play under Tony Bennett.
Fallen along the way were knocks about his teams’ inability to advance in the NCAAs with any kind of regularity. In Bennett’s first nine years the Cavaliers only twice won a pair of games in the same tournament – in 2014 (2-1) and 2016 (3-1).
Most ignonimously, in 2018 the Cavs became the first No. 1 seed to lose in the NCAA’s first round; never mind they were missing their most gifted player in injured wing De’Andre Hunter.
Overall, Bennett led the Cavs to a 7-6 record in his first six NCAA appearances between 2012 and 2018. This understandably led to a rollout of clichés like monkeys on the back and the system stifling individuality, and to invocation of the inevitable redemption theme in ’19.
Well, those days are past, after a pair of overtime games, and a one-point victory over Auburn in the Final Four, gave Virginia its first NCAA men’s basketball title. That was the ACC’s 15th, divided among eight coaches.
As for tenure at the school for which he brought back a champion’s banner, four coaches did the job faster than Bennett and three, all Hall of Famers, took longer. In fact, five of the other seven are in the Hall.
Oddly, the two title-winning ACC coaches not in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame both represented NC State.
ANATOMY OF A CHAMPION
ACC Coaches Who Won NCAA Titles, Age At Time Of VictoryCoachYearSchoolYrs AtPreviousAge
|Frank McGuire||1957||UNC||5||St. John's||44|
|Norm Sloan||1974||NC State||8||Presbyterian, Citadel, Florida||47|
|Jim Valvano||1983||NC State||3||Johns Hopkins, Bucknell, Iona||37|
|Gary Williams||2002||Maryland||13||American, BC, Ohio State||57|
|Tony Bennett||2019||Virginia||10||Wash. State||39|
Exclusive to Syracuse: A Labatt Blue that’s also Orange (PS; Cazentre)
How do you turn one of the Syracuse area’s most popular beers into something with even more local appeal?
You might add orange.
Labatt USA this week is rolling out a new limited edition version of its Labatt Blue. It’s called Labatt Blue & Orange. It’s available in bottles and on tap only in Central New York.
The beer itself starts with a base of regular Labatt Blue. Then a dose of natural blood orange extract is added.
“We tried about 50 different orange varieties, trying to get just the right flavor,” said Rob Hertenstein, a Labatt USA brand manager. “We went with the blood orange. Its give it just the right mix of sweet and tart, with a little complexity.”
The blue and orange color scheme on the packaging may look familiar to fans of Syracuse University athletic teams.
“This is not affiliated in any way with Syracuse University,” said Hertenstein, who was aware of a recent trademark dispute in which SU forced Lock 1 Distilling of Oswego County to discontinue an orange liqueur called Cuse Juice. “But we do know the color orange is very important in this market.”
And the initial distribution of Labatt Blue & Orange focused on bars and stores in the neighborhood around the university (see list below).
Labatt is already the second-leading beer brand sold in the Syracuse market, Hertenstein said.
“Syracuse is one of our strongest markets,” he said.
The Blue & Orange was developed at the Labatt Brew House in Buffalo, which opened last year in the city’s Cobblestone District, just down the street from the KeyBank Center, home to the Buffalo Sabres.