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. 

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.

Robert Thacker January 11, 2013 at 02:23 AM
I remember Boomtown well and can still sing the theme song, but does anyone remember that Rex hosted a Saturday afternoon bowling show from Bowlers World in Framingham.( RT 9 east at the current site of Legal Seafood) in the 60's. I was thrilled to appear on the show. It is difficult to imagine now, but bowling was huge in Massachusetts in the 50s and 60s. Rex's show was 10pin, but Candlepins were also hugely popular. Natick also had 2 ten pin lanes on route 9 as well as candlepin lanes. Framingham had three candlepin alleys downtown. They are all gone. The Fairway in Natick was the last to close about 2 years ago


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