The school that his son goes to is called Herbert Wells. Herbert George Wells, also known as H.G. Wells, was the author of 'The Time Machine', another story about a man that travels through time.
The residence was filmed next door to Halliwell Manor which was used the the TV series "Charmed" which also occasionally traveled in time.
Zack Vasser goes to Herbert Wells Elementary. Herbert Wells, aka H.G. Wells, wrote the sci-fi book, The Time Machine.
The episode follows events similar to the real life story of "D. B. Cooper", a pseudonym given to a notorious aircraft hijacker who, on November 24, 1971, after receiving a ransom payout of $200,000, jumped from the back of a Boeing 727 as it was flying over the Pacific Northwest somewhere over the Cascades, possibly over Woodland, Washington. He used a built-in, stairway door which lowers from the bottom rear of the fuselage. He was never caught, however on February 10, 1980, an 8-year-old boy digging in the sand along a Columbia River bank unearthed three bundles of deteriorating currency whose serial numbers matched the Cooper loot. Boeing also retrofitted the 727 design so that under no circumstances could the rear door be opened during flight.
The Winterland Ballroom was an old ice skating rink in San Francisco which was located at the corner of Post Street and Steiner Street. It later was taken over by rock promoter Bill Graham, and became legendary for the shows that happened there. Bands such as The Rolling Stones, Cream, Jimi Hendrix, Jethro Tull, The Jefferson Airplane, and Elvis Costello played there. Winterland closed on New Years 1979 with a concert by the Grateful Dead, New Riders of the Purple Sage, and the Blues Brothers. It was torn down a few years later, and was replaced by apartment condominiums and a Burger King.
Dan mentions he "came down near the Circle Star". The Circle Star Theater was a performing arts venue in San Carlos, California (near the county seat of San Mateo County, Redwood City and south of San Francisco). Its name derives from the fact that it was a "theater in the round", featuring a rotating circular stage and there wasn't one bad seat in the house. The Circle Star was demolished in the mid-1990s to make way for some dot-com businesses, all of which are now defunct.