June 22, 2012
This is John Swartzwelder, the most prolific writer of The Simpsons.  Swartzwelder is credited with writing 59 episodes of The Simpsons, many of them among the very best.  He is a reclusive libertarian who is thought to be the inspiration for the character of Ron Swanson in Parks and Recreation (Parks shares many writers with the first 10 seasons of Simpsons).
Here are some interesting anecdotes about Swartzwelder from Wikipedia:

According to Matt Groening, Swartzwelder used to write episodes while sitting in a booth at a coffee shop “drinking copious amounts of coffee and smoking endless cigarettes”. When California passed an anti-smoking law, Swartzwelder bought the diner booth and installed it in his house, allowing him to continue his process in peace. He is also reported to be a staunch libertarian as well as gun rights advocate, and despite having written many of the environmentally driven episodes, he has been described as an “anti-environmentalist.” David Cohen once related a story of Swartzwelder going on an extended diatribe about how there is more rain forest on Earth now than there was a hundred years ago.

Some other interesting facts about John Swartzwelder I’ve learned from listening to Simpsons DVD commentary:
He claims to own the “first baseball.”
He lives in Will Rogers’ old house.
Simpsons writers created an allowance that enabled him to submit scripts from an undisclosed location without attending writers’ meetings for over ten years.
John Swartzwelder also wrote several short absurdist novels.  They are under fifteen dollars and can be read in less than two hours.

This is John Swartzwelder, the most prolific writer of The Simpsons. Swartzwelder is credited with writing 59 episodes of The Simpsons, many of them among the very best. He is a reclusive libertarian who is thought to be the inspiration for the character of Ron Swanson in Parks and Recreation (Parks shares many writers with the first 10 seasons of Simpsons).

Here are some interesting anecdotes about Swartzwelder from Wikipedia:

According to Matt Groening, Swartzwelder used to write episodes while sitting in a booth at a coffee shop “drinking copious amounts of coffee and smoking endless cigarettes”. When California passed an anti-smoking law, Swartzwelder bought the diner booth and installed it in his house, allowing him to continue his process in peace. He is also reported to be a staunch libertarian as well as gun rights advocate, and despite having written many of the environmentally driven episodes, he has been described as an “anti-environmentalist.” David Cohen once related a story of Swartzwelder going on an extended diatribe about how there is more rain forest on Earth now than there was a hundred years ago.

Some other interesting facts about John Swartzwelder I’ve learned from listening to Simpsons DVD commentary:

  • He claims to own the “first baseball.”
  • He lives in Will Rogers’ old house.
  • Simpsons writers created an allowance that enabled him to submit scripts from an undisclosed location without attending writers’ meetings for over ten years.

John Swartzwelder also wrote several short absurdist novels. They are under fifteen dollars and can be read in less than two hours.

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    I think he wrote “Homer at the Bat”, which is one of my favorite Simpsons episodes ever. I think his political stances...
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    I’ve been so fucking fascinated with him since watching all of my Simpsons DVDs with commentary. Seriously fascinated.
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