Image by Ian Sane
With The Simpson’s creator, Matt Groening, finally coming clean about the origin of the real Springfield I thought I would throw out a few facts about the longest running sitcom and animation. While Mr. Groening has been known for including his family in his projects: his father’s name is Homer, his younger sisters’ names are Lisa and Maggie, and his Grandfathers name is Abram; he has featured various places from his hometown of Portland, also.
If you’re a fan of the Simpsons then I don’t need to explain which characters share the names of these Portland streets.
For more information about the town of Springfield click here ——-> tv.msn.com/tv/article.aspx?news=717227#scpti2
More Simpson’s Trivia:
1). Bart is an anagram for “brat”.
2). Barney Gumble is Barney Rubble from The Flintstones.
3). The Springfield Gorge was inspired by the Columbia River Gorge.
4). Krusty the Clown is loosely based on Rusty Nails, a popular Portland TV kiddie clown in the 1960s. Rusty (whose real name is James Allen) is sincere and loving, a devout Christian who shared Bible stories with children. Krusty is a lusty hedonist and fallen Jew. As a boy, Groening once watched Rusty’s show from the studio audience.
I actually met Rusty Nails and his wife about four years ago. He gave me his business card which I still have.