"We came via a GPS mistake," Reiss said. "I have a Homer Simpson global positioning system. It speaks in the voice of Homer Simpson."
He said the device was a gift "from the show" to celebrate his years as a writer for the animated Fox sitcom.
Reiss said the accidental side-trip worked out when he and his wife were treated to a tour of the city by Bill Power, chairman of the Historical Commission and the Historic Society as well as a self-described television expert.
"I like it," Reiss said of Peabody. "It reminds me of my hometown with a lot more history ... I'm sure it'll make its appearance somewhere. Nothing is wasted."