D’oh! The Simpsons Creator Matt Groening Didn’t Really Reveal Springfield’s State
The mystery lives on!
In an interview with Smithsonian magazine, The Simpsons creator Matt Groening said, “Springfield was named after Springfield, Oregon. [...] 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.”
Pretty much everyone took his statement to mean that TV’s most famous cartoon family lives in Springfield, Oregon.
Not so, says Matt! “I never said Springfield was in Oregon. I said Springfield was the name of my sled,” he tells TV Guide.
The show’s executive producer, Al Jean, says, "They misinterpreted something I've heard him say for at least 10 or 20 years. He was inspired by growing up in Portland, but it's really an every town. [...] Matt grew up in Oregon and parts of The Simpsons were definitely inspired by his childhood. But there is no specific state that Springfield is in, and we will never reveal that secret... except this coming Sunday at 8.”
He adds, “In the movie we say it borders on Ohio, Nevada, Maine, and Kentucky. So good luck finding that state. When you do, you're a true Simpsons fan.”