"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 itís their Springfield.' And they do."So while he's not saying that The Simpsons is set in Oregon, the yellow journalists at Smithsonian Magazine took it that way... as did the always rational and level-headed people of Twitter.
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