Obituary For Matt Groening’s Mom Shows How The Simpsons Is A Tribute To His Family

On the 22nd April 2013, The Simpsons’ creator Matt Groening lost his mother, who passed away at the age of 94. In an Oregon publication obituary, it is possible to see that Matt named several of the characters in the hugely successful show after members of his own family.

As Margaret “Marge” Groening’s obituary shows, Matt’s father was called Homer, he has sisters called Maggie and Lisa and Aunt Patty is named after his eldest sister who passed away in January. Continue Reading

Simpsons Creator Matt Groening Reveals Springfield’s Namesake

Springfield, Anytown USA

It’s been 25 years since The Simpsons first made their debut on television, and it still remains one of the most popular and relevant shows on the airwaves today.

One of the ongoing jokes and mysteries within the series is the location of Springfield, with several episodes giving implausible and geographically impossible (often contradictory) hints as to it’s location. For example, in The Simpsons Movie it’s shown that four states – Ohio, Nevada, Maine, and Kentucky – share borders with Springfield, adding to the running gag.

And although in the animated world of The Simpsons the answer isn’t relevant, as it’s understood by viewers to be a fictitious city in an impossible state, representing anywhere in America, fans are still curious as to where the real life Springfield might be, as there are many towns with such a name throughout the United States.

Well, the mystery is now solved.

According to creator Matt Groening in an interview with Smithsonian Magazine, The Simpsons‘ Springfield was named after Springfield, Oregon.

Groening said:

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.

See the full interview here.