The Simpsons creator Matt Groening’s mother Margaret Ruth Groening (née Wiggum) died peacefully in her sleep on April 22nd in Portland. Margaret was the inspiration for Marge Simpson and I did not know this, but Matt named most of The Simpsons characters after members of his own family. Margaret’s obit reads like The Simpsons family tree.
Homer is the name of Matt’s father and Lisa and Maggie are the name of his sisters. Bart is an anagram of Brat and is supposedly based on Matt. His brother Mark didn’t make the cut. Even Patty was the name of one of Matt’s relatives. It makes me sad knowing that Patty died earlier this year. Because if she was anything like her character, I would’ve liked to bitch about life with her while trying to pick up pieces at the gay bar.
Rest in peace, real-life Marge Simpson.