The REAL Springfield!

The Simp­sons” has made a long-running joke of hid­ing the true inspi­ra­tion for “Spring­field,” since there are so many towns and cities in Amer­ica with that name.

But now, cre­ator Matt Groen­ing has announced which Spring­field is the “real” Spring­field. He told “Smith­son­ian” mag­a­zine that, “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.”

Groen­ing has given fake responses when asked about Spring­field in the past, so maybe this is just more sub­terfuge … but his expla­na­tion seems genuine.

When the community-relations man­ager of Spring­field, Ore­gon was told about Groening’s announce­ment, he said, quote, “Oh OK, we knew that.”

And they DID. The local museum has a plaque from Groen­ing, where he wrote, quote, “Yo to Spring­field, Ore­gon … the real Spring­field! Your pal, Matt Groen­ing, proud Oregonian!”

That answers one of mans most sought after responses to a question.

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