Perhaps he was misinformed (unlikely). Or perhaps the FOX publicist got to him (more probable). But whatever the reason, Matt Groening is changing his mind about where “The Simpsons” really takes place – and it’s not Oregon after all.
In an interview with TV Guide, Groening says, “I never said Springfield was in Oregon…I said Springfield was the name of my sled.” This is an obvious reference to [Spoiler Alert] “Citizen Kane.”
The confusion began after Groening, in an interview with Smithsonian magazine, seemed to say that the town Homer calls home was in Oregon. He tells the publication, “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.”
But it appears it’s all a misunderstanding. “The Simpsons” EP Al Jean tells TV Guide, “He was inspired by growing up in Portland, but it’s really an every town. It’s really funny. 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.”
So Zappers, where do you think the real Springfield is?