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San Luis Obispo, CA is NOT Springfield

Simpsons News — Posted 19 Nov, 2003 by MrBurns

Homer Simpson is not based on any local resident and Bull's Tavern is not the basis for Mo's, the bar in the animated television show "The Simpsons."

In short, San Luis Obispo County was not the inspiration for the fictional town of Springfield, despite long-standing rumors inspired by some shared peculiarities -- a twin-domed nuclear power plant, a coastline with a huge rock just off the beach, and a former television news anchorman who resembles Kent Brockman, the show's stiff-haired TV reporter.

No way, says Mike Reiss, one of the show's producers who was one of the first people hired to help write the show some 15 years ago. Read the full story by clicking here.

In a telephone interview Monday from Los Angeles, Reiss said he visits the county often -- as he will tonight for a speech at Cal Poly -- and would love to live here some day. He hates Los Angeles and calls this county "smarter, hipper ... with a nicer climate."

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