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2005/07/05 09:10:35 (permalink)

Childhood TV dinner question

I was a child in the 1970's and every now and then would eat a "Pirate themed" TV dinner for children. I recall it was never very good, but am trying to remember what it was called. Help?

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    RE: Childhood TV dinner question 2005/07/05 10:22:54 (permalink)
    We must be about the same age (born in 1964) - for some reason from the recesses of my mind came "Libbyland" frozen dinners for kids (from Libby's, of course) - think I recall a pirate theme of some sort. Always came with packet of fluorescent colored milk flavoring. The food was uniformly awful. But at 8, who cares - much more fun than a Swanson's. Hope this is what you were thinking of!
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    RE: Childhood TV dinner question 2005/07/05 17:57:30 (permalink)
    I remember those Pirate-themed dinners!

    In addition to the "Hard-Tack and Salt Pork" variety (my favorite!), I recall that they also featured a Fried Parrot dinner, rather than the Fried Chicken that those boring old Swanson dinners included. However the Parrot Dinners seemed to be made from old and tough birds, and as a result were not as good as the other variety. If there were any another varieties, I don't recall them, so I tend to think that the selections were somewhat limited in scope.

    I remember that these cute little frozen dinners also came with a miniature eye patch, but my mother would never let me wear them. She said that it would be disrespectful to people with disabilities if I paraded around with an eye patch. I had even started to save the box tops so that I could send away for the simulated peg leg kit, but when Mom found out about that, she threw away my box tops, darn it. However, she did allow me to drink the little bottle of "rum" that was included with each dinner, after she confirmed that it had a low alcohol content.

    For a few months, I was enjoying these Pirate-themed dinners every night. However, as soon as I started to develop scurvy, my mother put an end to the fun food, and made me eat a more balanced diet. Personally, I didn't miss the teeth that fell out, but somehow, parents don't always see things from a kid's perspective.
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    RE: Childhood TV dinner question 2005/07/07 18:35:23 (permalink)
    Thanks for the replies and yes "Libby" sounds right and the food was pretty wretched. I was born in 1965, so it sounds like we ate the same childrens' TV dinner. BUT, surely they did not have a simulated peg leg kit? I don't remember if there were prizes in those TV dinners but I do remember that as naughty teenagers we always wore the pirate hats from Long John Silver's and the Burger King crown from Burger King while driving in the car and laughing hysterically as foolish teenagers did / do. Ho ha!

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    RE: Childhood TV dinner question 2005/07/07 18:53:09 (permalink)
    As poor a cook as mom was/is, we never had tv dinners. My first and LAST experience was soon after moving in with my soon to be wife, a flattened hockey puck smothered in axle greese, a dollop of browned wall paper paste, peas and little square carrots... I don't recall the exact conversation but she was still crying when I got back from "The Sub Shoppe"
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    RE: Childhood TV dinner question 2005/07/07 19:25:02 (permalink)
    Quote: "BUT, surely they did not have a simulated peg leg kit?"

    Not only did they have them, but the few that are still in existence are apparently worth a few bucks. On a recent Antiques Roadshow (I think that it was the one taped in Tuscaloosa), someone showed up with one of these simulated peg leg kits in the original box, and Noel (one of the appraisers who specializes in toys and such) valued it at $900., calling it "a rare gem of American toys from the 1970s, and one much in need of more attention from collectors".

    Gee, I wish that my mother had let me send away for that peg leg! I also wish that I had saved one of the kiddie "rum" bottles that came in the dinner, as well as one of the eye patches. My recollection is that the "rum" had an alcohol content of about 7%, so it didn't really give the kids much of a buzz. Of course, a friend of mine who is in AA claims that this was the "gateway drug"that led to his adult alcoholism. However, I think that he is just making excuses.

    Oh, for the days when manufacturers could sell whatever they wanted. Damn those government regulations!

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    RE: Childhood TV dinner question 2005/07/07 20:29:06 (permalink)
    I remember those meals as well, particularly the purple milk packet! We didn't have a supermarket in my tiny town at that time, so we shopped in the next town at the now defunct Alpha Beta chain. I also remember buying Fruit Float (also Libby's), the pudding with the hard chocolate top, and Jello 123 at that market... It was also my first exposure to machines that dispensed coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and chicken broth!
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    RE: Childhood TV dinner question 2005/07/07 21:37:00 (permalink)
    Born in 1963, and I can remember them very well! But what were they called?
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    RE: Childhood TV dinner question 2005/07/07 22:57:18 (permalink)
    "Libbyland Pirate's Picnic"



    Also, I remember a kid theme TV dinner that came with tiny hotdogs and hamburgers with a western theme as well as a pirate's themed one. I could have sworn they were called "Billy the Kidd" and "Captain Kidd" dinners (and I don't remember colored milk). I also remember they were awful and I loved them.

    Where I found the "pirate picnic" image they have two other TV dinners called "sundown supper" and "safari supper." Are these what I remember, or do any of you guys remember the "Kidd" theme I thought I remembered?

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    RE: Childhood TV dinner question 2005/07/07 23:21:47 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by vinegarpie

    Where I found the "pirate picnic" image they have two other TV dinners called "sundown supper" and "safari supper." Are these what I remember, or do any of you guys remember the "Kidd" theme I thought I remembered?



    Sundown Supper and Safari Supper I do remember as Libbyland dinners. All the Libbyland dinners stunk out loud. The buns were soggy, the meat was vulcanized, and I could never figure out who on God's blue earth would ever want to eat hot grape-flavored applesauce.

    (born in 1971)
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    RE: Childhood TV dinner question 2005/07/08 00:13:37 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by vinegarpie

    "Libbyland Pirate's Picnic"



    Also, I remember a kid theme TV dinner that came with tiny hotdogs and hamburgers with a western theme as well as a pirate's themed one. I could have sworn they were called "Billy the Kidd" and "Captain Kidd" dinners (and I don't remember colored milk). I also remember they were awful and I loved them.

    Where I found the "pirate picnic" image they have two other TV dinners called "sundown supper" and "safari supper." Are these what I remember, or do any of you guys remember the "Kidd" theme I thought I remembered?

    Glen
    born 1965


    Glen:
    Where did you find this?? This is exactly as I remember the cover...but did they describe what food was in each?
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    RE: Childhood TV dinner question 2005/07/08 00:15:03 (permalink)
    Sorry, Glen, I meant to say, what else besides hot dogs and hamburgers were in the tray?
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    RE: Childhood TV dinner question 2005/07/08 00:41:17 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Hastyman

    quote:
    Originally posted by vinegarpie

    Where I found the "pirate picnic" image they have two other TV dinners called "sundown supper" and "safari supper." Are these what I remember, or do any of you guys remember the "Kidd" theme I thought I remembered?



    Sundown Supper and Safari Supper I do remember as Libbyland dinners. All the Libbyland dinners stunk out loud. The buns were soggy, the meat was vulcanized, and I could never figure out who on God's blue earth would ever want to eat hot grape-flavored applesauce.

    (born in 1971)


    The absolute WORST TV dinners were/are Morton's...yukkkkk.with Banquet not far behind.....
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    RE: Childhood TV dinner question 2005/07/08 01:01:44 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by tacchino



    Glen:
    Where did you find this?? This is exactly as I remember the cover...but did they describe what food was in each?


    The pictures are on this website, but there is no description of what the Pirate Dinner was, only what the Safari Supper was:

    http://www.theimaginaryworld.com/fod12.html
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    RE: Childhood TV dinner question 2005/07/13 11:02:55 (permalink)
    I checked with a friend of mine, and he also remembers the little eye patch, as well as the "peg leg" kit that you could send away for. His mother, like mine, was apparently very PC, and became very angry when she saw him wearing the eye patch. And, like my mother, she also would not allow him to send in the box tops that he had saved in order to get the little "peg leg" kit. In his case, Grandfather had a wooden leg, so his mother was especially sensitive on the "peg leg" issue.

    If only we had been able to order the kits and been able to squirrel those items away! At this point, we would have been able to sell them for a nice price!
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    R 2006/10/22 13:14:56 (permalink)
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    RE: Childhood TV dinner question 2006/10/22 13:21:59 (permalink)
    Welcome AHarleygyrl...
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    RE: Childhood TV dinner question 2006/10/22 13:28:39 (permalink)
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    RE: Childhood TV dinner question 2006/10/22 16:37:14 (permalink)
    Roossy--Always looking for a ride!!

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    RE: Childhood TV dinner question 2006/10/22 16:52:08 (permalink)
    Originally posted by CarolinaBill

    Always came with packet of fluorescent colored milk flavoring.
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    RE: Childhood TV dinner question 2006/10/23 01:06:06 (permalink)
    thank god my mother shielded me from this culinary "delight."

    the only frozen food we ever had as kids was chicken or beef pot pies. Probably swanson.
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    RE: Childhood TV dinner question 2006/10/23 01:42:31 (permalink)
    The First TV Dinners

    Gerry Thomas is the man who invented both the product and the name of the Swanson TV Dinner. In 1954, Swanson TV Dinners fufilled two post-war trends: the lure of time-saving modern appliances and the fascination with a growing innovation, the television. More than 10 million TV dinners were sold during the first year of Swanson's national distribution. For $.98 per dinner, customers were able to choose among Salisbury steak, meatloaf, fried chicken, or turkey, served with potatoes and bright green peas; special desserts were added later.
    Put that in your Trivia Bonnet!
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    RE: Childhood TV dinner question 2006/10/23 10:40:47 (permalink)
    I was in my teens when these Libbyland tv dinners came out.My parents never bought them for my brother or sister.If they bought any tv dinners it was always Swansons.But most of the time we ate what my mom or dad would cook.Daddy cooked mainly on weekends,and after he retired from the Airforce after 33years in 1975,he cooked a whole lot more during the week.momma didn't mind. Still Miss the two of them and I'm 50 now.
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    RE: Childhood TV dinner question 2007/01/07 19:09:04 (permalink)
    Hey guys,1961,er here, go to [www.Youtube.com] type in libbyland TV dinners in the search or even Swanson and you will be able to watch the commercial and what ever else you remember as a kid, it`s loads of fun watching old commercials especially the toys, you may have to register but it only takes a second. you`ll be hooked I`m sure..
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    RE: Childhood TV dinner question 2007/01/08 16:51:45 (permalink)
    "If it says Libby's, Libby's, Libby's on the label, label, label, you will like it, like it, like it, on your table, table, table..."

    Why do I remember that and not where I put the charger for my bluetooth headset? (Oh yeah, 1960, checking in here. I recognized the pirate meal picture right away. I paid much more attention to the hidden picture game on the package than I did to the food.)
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    RE: Childhood TV dinner question 2007/01/12 01:52:20 (permalink)
    Anyone know where I left my secret decoder ring?
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    RE: Childhood TV dinner question 2007/01/13 16:04:37 (permalink)
    These tv-dinners were not available in Canada but I remember seeing the commercials on Buffalo tv stations. I wanted them sooooo much.

    The mascot (or "host") of these tv-dinner commercials was "Libby the Kid" (which was supposed to be "Billy the Kid" - spelled sideways)!

    I still miss Libby's Deep Browned Beans.

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    RE: Childhood TV dinner question 2008/10/09 14:47:26 (permalink)
    i remember those terrible tv dinners too - ate 'em all up! (i already wore an eyepatch as a child for vision problems, so i bet my mom made sure i never saw that freebie!)
    be sure to visit www.piratequiz.com to find our your true pirate name!
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    RE: Childhood TV dinner question 2008/10/09 14:59:28 (permalink)
    "If... it... says...
    Libby's, Libby's, Libby's
    on the label, label, label
    you will like it, like it like it
    on the table, table, table!"
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