April 10, 2012 at 6:47 PM ET
Ay caramba! After 23 seasons and much guessing by fans, "Simpsons" creator Matt Groening has finally revealed the location of the show's town of Springfield, where his famous cartoon family resides.
The long-awaited answer? Springfield, Ore.
"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," Groening explained to Smithsonian magazine.
As to why he's finally confirming the location after all this time? "I don’t want to ruin it for people, you know? Whenever people say it’s Springfield, Ohio, or Springfield, Massachusetts, or Springfield, wherever, I always go, 'Yup, that’s right,' " he further revealed.
It turns out that there have been hints as to Springfield's location since the beginning. Groening told the magazine that he named a number of characters after streets in Portland. Among them? Ned Flanders and Rev. Lovejoy. And the name of the street the "Simpsons" family lives on? It bears the same name as the street Groening's family lived on -- Evergreen Terrace.
But locations may not be all that the show's creator borrowed from his hometown and childhood. Groening told Smithsonian that as a kid, he was bullied. Though he wouldn't give up his tormentors' names, he noted, "maybe they are characters named after themselves on 'The Simpsons.' "
Eat his shorts, meanies.
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