Following up on the year’s biggest news story to date (Smithsonian: “Matt Groening Reveals the Location of the Real Springfield“). Confirming long-standing speculation (by me, and you) over the past couple of decades, it turns out that Springfield is in Oregon. And, the Smithsonian interview is also a very good one, definitely worth a read if you’re into Simpsons mythos.
And here’s the money quote from the Matt Groening interview:
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.
Not to say that this really ends the debate about “where” Springfield really is. Everybody already knew that Springfield borders Ohio, Nevada, Maine, and Kentucky, come on.
So what does this mean for Simpsons lifers? Entertainment Weekly (“Homer Simpson is conflicted about Matt Groening’s Springfield reveal” wonders if there are some mixed feelings on the big reveal —
“And [Homer’s] not the only one who feels conflicted. For a record-breaking 23 seasons, the mystery of Springfield’s exact location has been one of The Simpsons‘ most enduring running gags. Even though we know the town can’t really exist, speculating about where it might be is a favorite fan pastime — it’s up there with ranking the series’ best episodes and debating when, exactly, its “golden age” ended. Revealing which Springfield inspired Homer’s Springfield doesn’t solve the riddle, but it does take some of the fun out of guessing.”
@HomerJSimpson sure has been busy with the news:
And nice job by Gizmodo (“What The Simpsons’ Springfield Looks Like in Real Life“). If you squint hard enough, you can kind of see a resemblance. Still, it’s fun to think about.