Matt Groening Reveals the Location of the Real Springfield

Matt Groening by Gage Skidmore 2Claudia De La Roca reveals this life-changer in a lengthy interview with the creator of “The Simpsons,” in the Smithsonian magazine:

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.

You’ve never said it was named after Springfield, Oregon, before, have you?

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.”

[Lots more from Groening in the Smithsonian magazine]


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10 Comments on "Matt Groening Reveals the Location of the Real Springfield"

  1. He’s not really giving the exact location, he’s just saying it’s anytown USA

  2. What is he talking about Springfield next to Portland? It’s next to Eugene, over 100 miles away from Portland, and it’s been common knowledge here for quite some time that it’s the “original” Springfield. The nuke plant is actually a paper mill that stinks up the whole valley.

  3. Disinfo_is_hypocritical | Apr 10, 2012 at 8:38 pm |

    >Claudia De La Roca reveals this life-changer…

    Anyone who thinks this news is “life changing” needs a new hobby.

    [wearing a T-shirt that says “Genius at Work”] Hi. A
    question for Miss Bellamy. In episode 2F09 when Itchy plays Scratchy’s
    skeleton like a xylophone, he strikes the same rib twice in succession,
    yet he produces two clearly different tones. I mean, what are we to
    believe, that this is some sort of a magic xylophone or something? Boy, I
    really hope somebody got fired for that blunder.

    June Bellamy:
    Uh, well…

    I’ll field this one.

    [to Doug] Let me ask you a question. Why would a man
    whose shirt says “Genius at Work” spend all of his time watching a
    children’s cartoon show?


    I withdraw my question.

    • DeepCough | Apr 10, 2012 at 11:43 pm |


    • Adamsshadow | Apr 11, 2012 at 2:48 pm |

        “Let me ask you a question. Why would a man
      whose shirt says “Genius at Work” spend all of his time watching a
      children’s cartoon show”

      Probably for the same reasons that you’ve named yourself after the website you’re trying to critique.

  4. What a fantastic answer–it’s the Springfield next door.

  5. Evergreener | Apr 11, 2012 at 2:51 am |

    I go to the same college he went to. 🙂

  6. mrTallGuy | Apr 11, 2012 at 9:41 am |

    there is a statue of a hand holding a donut in the chamber of commerce in springfield, vt. i always thought that was the real springfield. who knew?!

  7. Ken Kesey, Tim Leary and Homer Simpson all have one thing in common; the have close associations with a town called Springfield

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