Margaret Ruth Groening's obit provides insight into Simpsons creator's inspiration
After a long -- and what sounds like a very happy -- life, Groening's mother passed away a few weeks ago at 94. Her obit, which ran in The Oregonian, contains hints at what may have inspired several Simpsons characters -- or at least their names.
The piece on the Chisolm, Minnesota, native's life is speckled with familiar names, including "Wiggum," "Patty," "Maggie," and "Lisa." Of her husband, Homer Groening, the article states that she chose to marry him because "he made her laugh the most."
You can read the piece below:
Get the Arts & Culture Newsletter
Find out about arts and culture events in Minneapolis & St. Paul and offers you won't hear about anywhere else.