Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Matt Groening talks about the real Springfield.

Smithsonian.com has a fantastic interview with Simpsons creator, Matt Groening, HERE.

The interview will hit the serious press soon, as Groening talks about the location of the real Springfield.

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.

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