Rex Trailer Dies at 84; Share Your Boomtown 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.

He also inspired a local cowpunk band to name itself "Tex Railer's Doomtown."

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.

John Buba January 11, 2013 at 03:08 PM
Hoof beats, hoof beats, hoof beats Thunder ‘cross the prairie wide Hoof beats, hoof beats, hoof beats Ride cowboy ride, The hoof beats of the sheriff's horse And the posse in close pursuit Thunder our across the plains Until the sheriff hollers: “Shoot.” Hoof beats, hoof beats, hoof beats Thunder ‘cross the prairie wide Hoof beats, hoof beats, hoof beats R-i-d-e cowboy r—i—d--e.
Jack Carver January 11, 2013 at 03:13 PM
Don't remember that visit but I was there when Rex landed in a Helicopter behind the Old High Peabody School on the football field, I can remember it like it was yesterday.
Saber Walsh January 11, 2013 at 03:14 PM
How many kids today lack the kind of plain, good TV that we had while growing up? Rex and Sgt Billy were regular guests in our house, and it was such a simple yet great time to be growing up here. Can anybody think of a kid's show today that entertains and shows respect and values? Me, neither. God rest this man.
David McGeney January 11, 2013 at 05:34 PM
I was there as were hundreds of others to see it. Rex even brought his horse Goldrush. He did a few cowboy tricks with his lasso and whip. He even shot off his gun (blanks of course). I'm pretty sure his visit was part of Peabody's Golden Jubilee Celebration. Perhaps someone out there can confirm or correct that.
Kathleen Malloy February 07, 2013 at 08:04 PM
I'm a commercial hair and makeup artist and about 15 years ago I was teaching a makeup class at an acting school to a bunch of teenagers. It was a weekend workshop so the kids had back to back classes scheduled on various subjects. As I packed my stuff to leave the teacher for the next class walked in and I couldn’t believe it was Rex Trailer! I spent so many happy hours watching Boomtown when I was a kid and to me he was an icon. I was so excited I gushed "Oh my God it’s Rex Trailer!" I told him how much his show meant to me and how honored I was to be teaching at a workshop he was also teaching. He was very gracious and thanked me and it didn’t seem to bother him at all that the teenagers in the workshop looked at me like I was crazy and had no idea who he was or how lucky they were to have an acting class with this TV legend. I enjoyed telling all my friends and family who loved him as much as I did about it though. Working in this industry I’ve met many celebrities I looked forward to meeting and all too often the person doesn’t live up to the legend but in his case he sure did. He was as warm and kind in person as he had always appeared to be on his TV show and that really meant a lot to me. God bless you Rex and thanks for all the wonderful memories!


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