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Release Date: September 15, 2003

Simpsons Writer to Discuss the Philosophy of D'oh! at ASU

Mike Reiss, a writer who has put words in the mouths of Homer, Bart, Marge and Lisa Simpson, will speak as part of the University Center Program Council (UCPC) Speaker Series at Angelo State University Thursday, Sept. 25.

Starting with the debut of The Simpsons in 1990, Reiss produced more than 200 episodes of the Fox Network program named by Time magazine as "the greatest TV show of the 20th century." In addition to that, he was the writer or co-writer on a dozen early Simpsons scripts satirizing family life and pop culture.

Reiss will present "Simpsons Mania: Behind the Scenes with America's Favorite Family" at 7 p.m. Sept. 25 in the C.J. Davidson Conference Center in ASU's Houston Harte University Center. His speaking engagements include never-before-seen clips from the animated series. A reception will follow the lecture. His talk is open to the public.

Tickets, on sale at the University Center Information Desk, cost $1 for ASU students, $2 for ASU faculty and staff and $3 for the general public. Ticket information is available by calling (325) 942-2062 or visiting on the web. The event is being sponsored by the UCPC Committee.

Reiss's first Simpsons' writing credit came in "There's No Disgrace Like Home," the fourth show in the program's inaugural season. The show was noted for such lines as Homer's philosophical contemplation on life: "When will I learn? The answers to life's problems aren't at the bottom of a bottle. They're on TV."

"Moaning Lisa," Reiss's second script for the show, included underachiever Bart saying for the first time, "I didn't do it. No one saw me do it. No one can prove anything." Another of Reiss's scripts, "The Way We Was," showed a flashback of college student Homer giving an excuse to cut class. "D'oh! English! Who needs that? I'm never going to England."

Besides The Simpsons, Reiss has written for The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, Alf, Eddie Murphy's The PJ's and It's Garry Shandling's Show, where he earned an ACE award for writing and producing. He is a frequent contributor to Esquire and Games magazines and an award-winning mystery writer. He has also published four children's books, including the surprise best seller How Murray Saved Christmas. His latest work includes his book Santa Claustrophobia.