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Rex Trailer Dies at 84; Share Your Memories, Photos

Boston TV icon hosted a children's show in the 1950s-1970s. Do you have any photos from back in the day?

Rex Trailer, a Boston TV icon who had been recovering from pneumonia recently, has died.

Trailer hosted “Boomtown,” a children’s show with a Western theme on WBZ-TV from 1956-1974. 

How did a Western cowboy make his mark in Boston? According to Wikipedia, his corporate overlords gave him a choice of Cleveland or Boston. But he's remembered for more than his cowboy get-up. The Boston Globe wrote in an editorial last year:

Kids adored Trailer’s rodeo tricks. But mostly they adored him for his consistent kindness and competence.

Trailer was 84. A funeral is being planned, but no date has been set yet, according to his website. 

He regularly made an appearance in the Natick 4th of July parade.

Meantime, what are your memories of Rex Trailer? Did you ever meet him or have your picture taken with him? If you've got a photo, click the "Upload Photos and Videos" button at the top of this story. Or just tell us your memories in the comments section below.

Richard A Cygan January 11, 2013 at 09:05 AM
R.I.P. Rex. Amazing, all those years working with and loving Children and nary a scandal in his career. Bravo
Timothy Lee January 30, 2013 at 03:39 PM
I remember Rex. Watching his show on TV, growing up. Memories of a nice, friendly man.

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