For more than 20 years, The Simpsons have inhabited a slice of the United States known only as Springfield, a town whose generic, all-American name allowed the characters of the longest-running prime-time TV show of all time to represent the denizens of Anywhere, U.S.A.
Yesterday, Simpsons creator Matt Groening finally revealed the real-life inspiration behind his famous fictional town: Springfield, Oregon.
In an interview with Smithsonian Magazine, he revealed the following:
"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."
The enterprising folks at Gizmodo have taken Groening's comments and applied them to a possible real-life setting for The Simpons, pairing images of the real Springfield, Oregon with pictures of Homer's hometown:
(Note: Apparently in response to commenters, Gizmodo has had to clarify that these images are in NO WAY meant to suggest they are the actual Springfield locations - for one thing, they don't all look the same - but just an exercise in speculation.)
A typical Springfield home ...
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