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Hello Lemoore! 'Simpsons' Co-Producer Has Valley Roots
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By David Taub, Senior Reporter
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November 20, 2019

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“Hello Lemoore!”
That odd message appeared during the credits on a recent episode of “The Simpsons.” During the annual Halloween-themed episode — “Treehouse of Terror XXX” — instead of names on the credits, silly messages and puns appear. “Simpsons” creator Matt Groening often used “Bat Groening.”


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“I wanted to shout out to Lemoore. I was just feeling some Lemoore pride. I never actually shouted out to the town. I wanted to see if any of the Lemoore fans happen to watch the show through the credits.” — Alexander Duke
Hello Lemoore! appeared in place of show co-producer Alexander Duke. And, with good reason. Duke is a Lemoore native who wanted to acknowledge his hometown.
“I wanted to shout out to Lemoore. I was just feeling some Lemoore pride. I never actually shouted out to the town. I wanted to see if any of the Lemoore fans happen to watch the show through the credits. I don’t know. I’m not sure how many people do that anymore,” Duke said as to his motivation. “I just felt like, oh, it would be fun for any Lemoore fans to see their town.”
Duke’s parents still live in Lemoore, and his brother’s family lives in Hanford. He still visits his hometown once in a while.

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Duke, known as Alex Welch (his stepfather’s name) growing up, attended Lemoore High School at the same time as another famous Tiger, future NFL star Lorenzo Neal.
“I was on the wrestling team when Lorenzo Neal won (the state) championship. So, that was kind of fun. We were teammates for a brief time,” said Duke, a 1991 graduate.
Moving across the Valley, Duke attended Fresno State, studying marketing.
“I wanted to get what I considered a stable degree,” Duke recalled.

Alexander Duke, with his normal credit on the left, and his special shout-out on the right. (GV Wire Composite/Alexis DeSha)

From the Valley to The Simpsons

While in Lemoore, Duke acted in some plays, sowing the seed of his interest in the entertainment business. After graduating, he moved to Hollywood.
“I put out a lot of résumés and did what you do, when you graduate from college and are looking for a job. I also made as many contacts as I could — as anyone would trying to break into this business,” Duke said.
Duke found work with a casting director, whose husband worked on The Simpsons. That was his entrée into working on the longest-running scripted American primetime television series: 669 episodes since its Dec. 17, 1989 debut.
“Ultimately, they needed help on the show. That was my foot in the door,” Duke said. “I also had an interest in animation. I just had this amazing opportunity on this iconic show. So, I just decided to try it out.”
Starting at the bottom as a production assistant in 1995, Duke said his duties included grabbing lunch for the writers. Unlike Homer Simpson — stuck in the same job for 30 years — Duke worked his way up the proverbial ladder.

“Opportunities within the show just kept popping up. So, I picked them. Here I am many years later. The show keeps going and it’s still fun to be part of this whole thing,” Duke said.

Co-Producer of The Simpsons

Duke’s current role is co-producer, which mainly involves working with the editing team once the initial show is completed.

“I oversee sort of the finishing of the show, a big part of the post-production process,” Duke said.

He also works on the Simpsons vignettes that appear on shows outside of the main show. Recently, Homer appeared at The Emmys — only to have a piano crash upon him. It’s a project Duke worked on.

Favorite: Homer

Duke’s favorite character is the show’s patriarch, Homer.
“Of course, Homer is always hilarious,” Duke said.
He also enjoys Moe Szyslak, the often depressed bartender and Homer’s purveyor of Duff beer.
“With Homer and his friends and some of the stuff they get into. … It’s pretty funny to me,” Duke said.
One of his favorite Simpsons jokes — from Season Two when baseball star Darryl Strawberry replaced Homer on the Springfield Power Plant’s softball team. Darryl sheds a tear when Bart taunts him (something that regularly occurred during Strawberry’s on-field career).
Is there a chance that The Simpson family might make an appearance in Lemoore in the future? Duke says sure, maybe they will visit Kelly Slater’s Surf Ranch.
“Anybody watching surfing sees that there is a surfing spot in the middle of the Central Valley.  … They see the name Lemoore there. Now they’re seeing this name Lemoore, this town on The Simpsons, too. I thought it’d be kind of fun to give Lemoore, a little more national exposure for one second at least,” Duke said.

Moe, Homer, and Lenny from a recent episode of “The Simpsons” (The Simpsons)

Lemoore Reaction

Despite the shout-out, Duke hasn’t received much reaction. Perhaps, he said, it’s because he added the credit at the last minute.

“Anytime Lemoore gets a shout-out, it’s pretty exciting for us.” — Amy Ward, CEO of the Lemoore Chamber of Commerce
“Maybe I should call the (local media) and say, hey, by the way, and get the word out that Lemoore would be mentioned on the show. But it was just too late,” Duke said.
Amy Ward, the CEO of the Lemoore Chamber of Commerce, didn’t know about the episode but appreciated Duke’s effort.
“Anytime Lemoore gets a shout-out, it’s pretty exciting for us,” Ward said.
She says the mention will help with the city’s exposure, just like the Surf Ranch.
“Anytime we get our name recognized, it’s just another bragging point. It speaks to what we already know. Lemoore is an amazing community,” Ward said.

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David Taub,
Senior Reporter
Curiosity drives David Taub. The award-winning journalist might be shy, but feels mighty with a recorder in his hand. He doesn't see it his job to "hold public officials accountable," but does see it to provide readers (and voters) the information needed to make intelligent choices. Taub has been honored with several writing awards from the California News Publishers Association. He's just happy to have his stories read. Joining GV Wire in 2016, Taub covers politics, government and elections, mainly in the Fresno/Clovis area. He also writes columns about local eateries (Appetite for Fresno), pro wrestling (Off the Bottom Rope), and media (Media Man). Prior to joining the online news source, Taub worked as a radio producer for KMJ and PowerTalk 96.7 in Fresno. He also worked as an assignment editor for KCOY-TV in Santa Maria, California, and KSEE-TV in Fresno. He has also worked behind the scenes for several sports broadcasts, including the NCAA basketball tournament, and the Super Bowl. When not spending time with his family, Taub loves to officially score Fresno Grizzlies games. Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Taub is a die-hard Giants and 49ers fan. He graduated from the University of Michigan with dual degrees in communications and political science. Go Blue! You can contact David at 559-492-4037 or at Send an Email

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