Happy birthday to The Simpsons creator Matt Groening!
Groening began his career by producing the weekly comic strip Life in Hell. Groening initially independently produced the cartoon and gave photocopies of the strip to his friends. He later got the cartoon placed in underground magazines, and eventually it was carried in 250 weekly newspapers. Television producer James L. Brooks saw one of the strips and contacted Groening to create animated shorts for the Fox variety program The Tracey Ullman Show.
Groening didn’t want to submit Life in Hell to Brooks out of fear that he would lose his ownership of the cartoon, so he decided to create an animated family called The Simpsons instead. As you know, that decision ended up working out pretty well for Groening, Brooks and Fox. In honor of Groening’s 60th birthday, here are twenty facts that you may not know about one of the best and most beloved television shows ever made.