- "It looks like an airplane - without wings."
- —Otis Peabody
Otis Peabody was the "Old Man Peabody" referred to by Doc Brown in 1985 while on the parking lot at Twin Pines Mall. Peabody was the owner of a ranch for breeding pine trees in the 1950's that was later sold and developed into the mall.
On the morning of November 5, 1955, Peabody's son Sherman, who read science fiction magazines, mistook the DeLorean time machine for a hostile craft from outer space. Peabody, along with his wife and daughter, were convinced that they were under attack.
Before being converted into a ranch for breeding pine trees, the ranch was apparently a regular farm. In Back to the Future: The Game by Telltale Games, a crate marked "Peabody Farms" can be seen in the flatbed of a truck driven by young Emmett Brown in the year 1931.
Behind the scenes
The names Peabody and Sherman are used in a cartoon that was part of The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show. There was a professor named Peabody and a young man named Sherman who traveled into the past and discovered the "real" situation behind famous events in history. They also sometimes explained Aesop's fables. The naming of the characters as Peabody and Sherman is likely an allusion to these cartoon characters.