True Story

I was once sitting on a beach next to Greg Daniels. He had just returned from Indianapolis where he was doing research for a new show he was developing for NBC about an optimistic Midwesterner working for local government. 

I asked whether or not he enjoyed the visit to my home state.

"It’s funny that some people call it Nap Town."

I replied, wounded, “Why do they call it that?”

Greg stared at me, looking for a hint of humor and finding none. Finally, sparing me, he smiled and said ”I don’t know” and stood up to fetch one of his kids dragging a kayak just offshore.

Parks and Recreation and Leslie Knope debuted a year later.