Wilmington gets shout-out on ‘The Simpsons’

Published 12:00 am Sunday, February 15, 2009

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) ó Wilmington got some props in Sunday’s episode of “The Simpsons.”
Wilmington native and “Simpsons” writer Don Payne paid tribute to his connections to Wilmington, which include receiving a star on the city’s walk of fame in 2005.
Payne told the Star-News of Wilmington that Sunday’s episode started 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.