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DOH!!! 20 Yrs of DisFUNctional Family Fun

17 12 09 - 09:33 What started out as an offhand bit on the short lived Tracy Ullman Show, has now turned into the longest running TV show in the US today. Since its debut on December 17, 1989, the show's characters & catch-phrases have become ingrained in the "culture" of middle America.

The family's exploits have been well documented by the show's creator, Matt Groening. The cartoon was patterned after his idea of the average, All-American dysfunctional family. Groenig named the characters in the show after his own family members, substituting "Bart" for his own name.

The typical town of Springfield (location unknown) is the setting for the misadventures of this iconic family. Here, Homer, works as a safety inspector at the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant & is married to Marge Simpson, a stereotypical American housewife and mother. They have three "unique" children: Bart- a pre-teen hellion, Lisa a precocious young social activist & Maggie their baby usually portrayed sucking on a pacifier.

During the Ullamn Show, Matt sent his cartoon layouts to the Fox TV animators, who really did a crummy job of tracing the sketches & putting the "shorts" together. Despite that rough start, he has managed to ingrain his images into the lexicon & "culture" of middle America.
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Re. Simpsons. Those who live or lived in Oregon and are Simpsons fans know Springfield is for Springfield Oregon the blue collar, across-the-freeway town from haughty Eugene. Characters names reflect many Portland Street names such as Ned Flanders and Flander St. in Portland. The mountain in the Simpsons resembles Mt. Hood which is pretty much visible from several parts of Portland and the Nuclear Plant could well be the now closed Trojan Plant on the Columbia river about 30 miles north of Portland. Groening is (was) a Portland resident if memory serves me correctly. Alas, while the Simpson’s can be identified with by the blue collar folks there are fewer and fewer of them in Portland which is about as liberal as a town can get. I moved out 15 years ago to the wilds of rural SW Washington to get away from the stifling and boringly predictable uber lib atmosphere.
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