The age old question has finally been answered. After years of speculation, Matt Groening has finally revealed which Sprinfield the Simpsons call home.
In “The Simpsons,” Groening created a Springfield that has just about everything from a redneck truck stop to a billionaire bastard.
So so the Simpson live in Sprinfield, Ohio? What about Sprinfield, Illinois? Or could it be Springfield, Missouri? Sprinfield, Tennessee? Sprifield, New York? How about none of the above?
In a recent interview with Smithsonian Magazine, Groening revealed that out of the 38 Springfields in the United States, he modeled the Sprinfield in “The Simpsons” after Sprinfield, Oregon.
Groening tells the Smithsonian that he was inspired by the television show “Father Knows Best,” which was set in a town called Springfield, Oregon. This particular Sprinfield is 100 miles south of Groening’s hometown, Portland.
“When I grew up, I realized it was just a fictitious name,” Groening said. “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,’” he said. “And they do.”
Groening’s interview with the Smithsonian answers one of the biggest mysteries behind the longest running sitcom on television. Too bad the locals in Springfield, Oregon don’t seem too thrilled about it. . “I think that’s a good thing. I think…” said one local.
Maybe the folks in one of the other 12 cities, 11 towns, or 14 townships named Springfield would have been more excited?
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