The magazine that would eventually become the classic “TV Guide” was developed by Lee Wagner (circulation director of MacFadden Publications in New York City). In 1948, he released “The TeleVision Guide” with New York City listings. The cover of the first issue featured Gloria Swanson who was star of the short lived “The Gloria Swanson Hour”. He would expand to the New England and the Baltimore–Washington areas. In 1953 he sold the editions to Walter Annenberg who folded the operation into his Triangle Publications.
North America’s most popular reference guide and oldest continuously published periodical
My grandfather, “Doc” Mize, was a farmer all his life. When I was a child, in the 1960’s, I remember him having The Old Farmers Almanac and planning his planting schedule around the forecasts within. Mother used to buy them for the articles and recipes and such. I used to check the almanac for the fishing charts to see when the fish would bite (but then I’d just go when I could). This magazine has been beloved for many years and probably years to come.