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Rex Trailer Dies at 84; Owned Waltham TV Studio

Trailer hosted a children's television show in the 1950s.

Rex Trailer, a Boston TV icon who had been recovering from pneumonia recently, died on Jan. 9, according to his website.

Trailer owned RTV Productions in Waltham at the corner of Moody and Main Streets, according to his website.

“Rex Trailer left this earth peacefully last night surrounded in love and song by his family. Rex had been in Florida for the holidays when he became ill into the New Year. While everyone’s prayers and support have been of great comfort to Rex, he decided it was time to go home. Rex and family thank all of you and love you,” a statement on his website reads.

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

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

Share your memories of Trailer and his show in the comment box below.

JohnnyMass January 11, 2013 at 04:44 AM
Too bad today's generation doesn't have something as wholesome and fun as Boomtown to watch. It wouldn't fly today, though. The liberals would complain that there were no black or gay characters, and that Pablo was demeaning Hispanics by being subservient to Rex. God bless you (take THAT, liberals), Rex!
Joan P. Wnterkorn January 11, 2013 at 11:43 AM
I have a picture of my girls with Rex and remember seeing him around Waltham especially at the Wallex Bowling Alleys, always with a smile and a hi. Children today need an influence like Rex in their lives. He was truly a wonderful man.
SGR January 11, 2013 at 04:06 PM
My sisters and I somehow got to appear in the studio audience of Boomtown when I was 6 -- one of the highlights of my childhood! I remember how awed I was when he shook my hand, he was such a great guy, and in my 6 year old eyes, was a gentle giant. Rest in peace Rex, you were a great man!
Aron Levy January 23, 2013 at 08:34 PM
Wow. Why don't you get that angry hornet out of your bonnet? Way to make your side of the political question look entirely petty and immature.
Casa de Moda February 05, 2013 at 05:20 AM
My husband & I were married on January 11, 1969, and we honeymooned in NH. The next morning at breakfast in the Inn we were staying at, there was Rex Trailer & his sidekick also having breakfast! After we finished, and passed Rex on our way out, he stopped us & said 'congratulations, you must be newlyweds?' We replied 'yes' and asked how he knew-he said with a big smile, 'why, we noticed you have shiny new rings!' RIP

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