As I brought to your (in)attention the other day, The Simpsons' creator Matt Groening gave a recent interview with Smithsonian magazine in which he revealed where he came up with the name of "Springfield" where Homer and the clan live. From Smithsonian:
OK, why do the Simpsons live in a town called Springfield? Isn’t that a little generic?
Springfield was named after Springfield, Oregon. The only reason is that when I was a kid, the TV show “Father Knows Best” took place in the town of Springfield, and I was thrilled because I imagined that it was the town next to Portland, my hometown. When I grew up, I realized it was just a fictitious name. I also figured out that Springfield was one of the most common names for a city in the U.S. In anticipation of the success of the show, I thought, “This will be cool; everyone will think it’s their Springfield.” And they do.
Now? Groening's going back on his statement. From TV Guide:
"I never said Springfield was in Oregon," Groening says. "I said Springfield was the name of my sled."
The Simpsons executive producer Al Jean also tells TV Guide Magazine that it was one big misunderstanding — which was then repeated on virtually every news program and in every newspaper in the country. "They misinterpreted something I've heard him say for at least 10 or 20 years," Jean says. "He was inspired by growing up in Portland, but it's really an every town. It's really funny. Matt grew up in Oregon and parts of The Simpsons were definitely inspired by his childhood. But there is no specific state that Springfield is in, and we will never reveal that secret... except this coming Sunday at 8," he quips.
Okay, and just to be clear, I didn't say that The Simpsons is set in Oregon—I reported exactly what Groening said: that the name was inspired by Springfield, Oregon. HOWEVER! While we're on the subject, I also need to clarify a couple of things: 1) I DIDN'T WANT TO BLOG ABOUT THIS IN THE FIRST PLACE, because I think The Simpsons should've gone off the air 10 years ago, and has exactly zero relevance to anyone's lives. And 2) I was wrong to blog about it, because as I previously suspected (and didn't trust my instincts about) nobody cared THEN and nobody cares NOW. And with that? I bid you "good day, sir."
I SAID, "GOOD DAY!!" (Slam!)
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