June 15, 2003: A BBC poll to identify the "greatest American," run in advance of a program promising to "confront the critical question … what does the world think of America?", awarded the honor to Homer Simpson, the beer-drinking, donut-scarfing, bumbling nuclear-power plant technician of the Fox cartoon "The Simpsons."
The animated buffoon ranked ahead of real-life heroes including Presidents Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson and George Washington.
Ironically, not only is Homer Simpson a fictional character, he apparently is also not an American.
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His creator, cartoonist Matt Groening, told an audience in Montreal that Homer was named for Groening's real-life own father, Homer Groening, who hails from Canada.
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