The Simpsons

“HOMER MAD, HOMER SMASH!”

-Homer Simpson

For the past 16 years, I have been interested in America’s favorite yellow family, The Simpsons.

The first full episode aired on December 17th, 1989. My mom and uncle watched the episode together and when it concluded, my mom told my uncle that I was never allowed to watch the show. Of course at the time I was 5 years old. So growing up, I was never allowed to watch the show. Sure, I did sneak in an episode here and there when the parents weren’t looking, but I did get caught eventually and was grounded for it. Oops. So I stopped sneaking around and just stopped watching episodes.

In 2003, I graduated high school and that fall I went to college. One night, while I was walking around my dorm, I walked by someone’s room and they had Simpsons playing while they were writing a paper. So I just walked in and started watching. It was Season 2 Episode 18 – Brush With Greatness. Turns out he was having a private marathon and binging episodes. And I was instantly hooked.

The following year, I started collecting Simpsons stuff. I started buying posters for my dorm room, which lead to Simpsons Pez dispensers and books – lots of books. That same year, I discovered SNUH – Students for the Non-ignorance and the Understanding of Hilarity organization – Calvin College’s Simpsons Club. I got excited and started attending meetings and having a good time. At the same time, I started getting Simpsons documentaries. And one day I contacted the SNUH leadership and told them I had access to some Simpsons documentaries from the UK we could watch. This definitely grabbed their attention. The one we watched as a club was Inside The Actor’s Studio with the Simpsons primary voice actors. That was a great time. I was elected to the club’s leadership for the following year. I was very excited.

The following year, we started having weekly meetings watching episodes and had some Simpsons Trivia tournaments. We tried getting some guest speakers but it never worked out for the speakers or their representatives / agents never returned our queries. Sadly SNUH couldn’t stay afloat and the club disbanded.

After Calvin, I still remained a big fan of the show and watched the new episodes each Sunday night at 8PM on FOX.

At the same time, in 2006, I launched LittlePoopMachine for the purposes of promoting The Simpsons, my BBQ Rib Reviews, blog, and other things. Fun fact about the domain name – I got it from a Simpsons episode, a reference when Homer calls Maggie the little poop machine in Season 13 Episode 22 – Papa’s Got a Brand New Badge. Just a little nod to my favorite TV show. I posted pictures of my memorabilia on LPM and it was a big hit. I had people contacting me from all over asking where I got X, Y, Z items. One day, I got an email from someone claiming to have worked on the show. After checking with IMDB, sure enough. This led to a wonderful conversation spanning a week of email exchanges back and forth. Well he had a collection himself and asked me if I could take a look at it and I said sure. He had stuff that he collected from working on the show that was exclusive to cast members and support staff. I bought his collection from him and put it on display with my other memorabilia. Sadly I have lost contact with said person (not saying his name for privacy reasons). If you’re reading this, you know who you are and would love to hear from you again.

This let to other opportunities where I got to buy some other Simpsons promotional items such as a large banner that hung from a Burger King in the 90’s that someone found in the attic of an old Burger King location.

If you have Simpsons items, collections, or memorabilia you wish to have appraised, I’d be more than happy to take a look for you. Also, if you’re interested in selling things, please feel free to reach out to me via my Contact page because I might be interested in what you have.

To view my Collection, check out the slide show below. 🙂 Thanks for visiting!

Feel free to chat in the forums about our favorite yellow family.