Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Famous fictional Frog

In the Spring issue of The TCU Magazine, we included a fun pop quiz on Horned Frogs in popular culture. Too bad we hadn't seen this week's episode of "The Simpsons" before we went to press.

Turns out, TCU has another famous fictional alum - the Rev. Timothy Lovejoy, the minister of the Homer Simpson and family's home church - The First Church of Springfield, whose denomination is the "Western Branch of American Reformed Presbylutheranism."

In the episode titled "Wedding for Disaster" that aired last Sunday, Lovejoy welcomes his boss, who also turns out to be his "old roommate from Texas Christian."

His degree is backed up by the definitive source - wikipedia - in an entry that says: "He initially came to Springfield an eager, idealistic, guitar-playing, Volkswagen Karmann Ghia-driving young man in the 1970s, only to become cynical and disillusioned about his flock and ministry, mostly due to Ned Flanders, who constantly pesters him with religious non-emergencies such as coveting his own wife. Lovejoy would dispatch such concerns with maximum brevity so that he could return to playing with his model trains."

"The Simpsons" creator Matt Groening has indicated that Lovejoy is named after Lovejoy Street in Portland, Ore., the city where Groening grew up. I guess it sounds better than Rev. University Drive.

To check out the episode click here.

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