One of TV’s great mysteries has been solved! Just where is “Springfield” anyway?
The actual location that inspired the hometown of beloved TV family, “The Simpsons” has been a longtime secret … until now.
But series creator Matt Groening has finally answered the question that many have wondered about since the animated series became a pop-culture phenomenon nearly 25 years ago.
“Springfield was named after Springfield, Oregon,” Groening reveals in the May issue of Smithsonian magazine. Looks like he kept his TV family close to home — Springfield, Ore., is 100 miles south of Groening’s hometown of Portland.
“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,” Groening explains. “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.”
Groening added that he’s refrained from confirming which Springfield is the “real Springfield” over the years because he didn’t want to spoil the allure for Springfieldians across the country.
“I don’t want to ruin it for people, you know? Whenever people say it’s Springfield, Ohio, or Springfield, Massachusetts, or Springfield, wherever, I always go, ‘Yup, that’s right’.”
So now you know. Oregon wins! Make a note of it, trivia buffs.
“The Simpsons” first aired in 1989, is broadcast in more than 100 countries and ranks as the longest-running American sitcom in TV history.
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