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Simpsons Co creator,Sam Simon revealed he has terminal cancer and he has only months to live.  

He hasn't been with the show since the 5th season, but he was the writer who shaped the characters we have today.  Sam had the idea to make Lisa the smart one and wanted to keep a sense of realism in those early episodes.  

The world of TV is going to lose a great man way before his time. :(
  • Mood: Sadness
  • Listening to: My Angry inner voice.
  • Watching: my life pass by.
  • Playing: The fool.
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The-Quill-Warrior Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Student Digital Artist
That's sad to hear...
At least he knows he left a great legacy of family sitcom humor behind.
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simpspin Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Man, he's lived quite the life; Married a playboy model, helped create the Simpsons, Cheers and taxi, part of his severance package from the Simpsons was like $20 million a year and he doesn't have to do anything, he started the Sam Simon foundation where sick and injured dogs are nursed back to health and given to loving families...and he's been part of the world poker circuit along with his ex-wife Jennifer Tilly.
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The-Quill-Warrior Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Man, what amazing things he's done!

He's had a great life, so I hope he feels the same way.
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Fragsey Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
sad news indeed. :( he has the same cancer as my mother too which is sad... :(
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simpspin Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's too bad. :(
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CodWarrior Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
A man so creative,so visionary,yet he is mortal like us.
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kitty55501 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist
Terrible. One of my favorite writers on The Simpsons. So sad to see a such a great person go :( Made some of the best decisions on the show too.
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simpspin Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, this is terrible.

Without his influence, the Simpsons might not have lasted more than a couple of Seasons. :(
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maxdefolsch Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013
Well, I don't know much about the producers or the staff, but if he's the one responsible for making Lisa a gifted child, then I owe him a lot. That's sad ...
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simpspin Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Sam did a lot of the legwork to make the Simpsons concept work for network TV. Sure, Groening developed the family, but Sam hired the original set of writers and got the Simpsons family to work. Before Sam's input, Lisa was a more bratty version of Bart and the only reason he isn't more well known is Groening's rise to fame was more newsworthy (cartoonist breaks into TV) than Simon, a tv veteran working on a new show.

Ironically, the scene where Homer falls down the gorge while trying to jump it on Bart's skateboard, was hated originally by Groening and he went into the animation studio and had it taken out of the episode. Simon found out and was furious and had it put back in.
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