'Simpsons' Refers To Writer's Wilmington Roots

Wilmington gets some props in Sunday's episode of "The Simpsons."

Wilmington native and "Simpsons" writer Don Payne pays tribute to his connections to Wilmington, which include receiving a star on the city's walk of fame in 2005.

Payne tells the Star-News of Wilmington that Sunday's episode starts with a man from Homer Simpson's high school who gets a plaque on the wall of fame. Homer is jealous because he had lost an election for senior class president to the man.

Payne served as senior class president at Wilmington's New Hanover High School, where he graduated in 1982.

He also gave Homer's high school the same mascot as his own, the Wildcat. The animated series airs on the Fox network.

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